Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC247902
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £24435 - £28560
Date Posted 04 January 2019
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 03 February 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £24,435 - £28,560 (inclusive of annual allowance and dependant on skills and experience)
Grade: Band C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time/Job share and flexible working options may be available
Closing Date: 3rd Feburary 2019


About us

We are looking for a reliable and responsible individual with an electrical/electronic/instrumentation background who may have decided to specialise in this area of work. After training and familiarisation you will be specifying, designing, installing and commissioning safety interlock systems to help protect visiting scientists and staff alike utilising high integrity safety PLC’s and components. In addition to up-grading, maintaining and documenting our safety systems there is scope to engage in additional work e.g. robotics, motion control, pulsed power.

About the role

The day to day role will include:

  • familiarisation with operational interlock and access control systems
  • liaising with customers to determine their requirements for new designs and installations
  • technical discussion with peers to produce specifications
  • fault finding and rectification of operational equipment including personnel and laser electrical interlocks, pneumatic shutters, power supplies etc.
  • safety PLC and other related work
  • identifying pricing and ordering of components
  • producing engineering documentation using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, AutoCAD.

About you

You will be qualified to a minimum of HNC (or equivalent) in a STEM subject and have served a recognised apprenticeship (or equivalent) and, ideally, be aware of safe systems of work. As a self-motivated individual, with an ability to take the initiative, you will possess a willingness and ability to tackle complex problems.

You will have a good understanding of electrical & electronic components and be familiar with circuit and block diagrams. Candidates with a working knowledge of the AutoCAD design/drawing or similar package would be considered favourably though training may be given.

You will have a ‘can do’ attitude and an aptitude to organise yourself with an accurate, logical and pragmatic approach to your work. As a team player you will also be able to communicate in a friendly, clear and concise manner with staff at all levels.

Job sharing will be considered favourably for suitably qualified candidates.


Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.


Shortlisting Criteria


  • a minimum of HNC (or equivalent) in a STEM subject
  • a recognised apprenticeship (or equivalent)
  • familiarity with Microsoft Office suite e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • PLC ladder logic experience
  • Electrical/Electronic/Instrumentation experience.

Interview Criteria


  • an awareness of personnel safety interlock systems and safe working practices
  • a good understanding of electrical & electronic components, techniques and interfacing
  • ability to read and understand circuit and block diagrams.


  • good presentation skills
  • IOSH or NEBOSH qualification (or equivalent)
  • have a working knowledge of AutoCAD design/drawing or similar package.

Additional Requirements:

  • attend training courses when required
  • work extended hours/overtime where necessary
  • travel occasionally.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.   At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:


Online applications only. Please submit a covering letter and CV ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Please note that failure to address the above criteria or submitted without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

Closing date for applications is 3rd February 2019. We would encourage early applications, as candidates will be reviewed and interviewed on an on-going basis.

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