Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC248033
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30357 - £32997
Date Posted 10 January 2019
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 03 February 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357 to £32,997                     
Grade: UKRI Band D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time/Part Time - minimum of 20 hours per week
Closing Date: 3rd February 2019
Interview date: 14/15th February 2019

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest multi-disciplinary scientific research organisations and our goal is to deliver world class research, innovation and skills for the benefit of the United Kingdom and its people.

RAL Space is an integral part of STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL). RAL Space carries out world-class space research and technology development with involvement in over 210 space missions over its 50+ year history. Our 260 staff are dedicated to supporting the programmes of the STFC, UKSA and NERC as well as undertaking a large number of space projects for other UK and overseas agencies, universities and industrial companies.​ ​We undertake world-leading space research and technology development, provide space test and ground-based facilities, design and build instruments, analyse and process data and operate S- and X-band ground-station facilities, as well as lead conceptual studies for future missions. We work with space and ground-based groups around the world. 

The Production Group within the Space Engineering and Technology Division of RAL Space supports the hands on activities and hardware development for projects across RAL Space, including delicate space instrumentation development to large scale ground support equipment for scientific calibration activities. To enable the group to support the needs of projects both now and in the future it is looking to recruit a Mechanical Instrument Technician to work alongside the senior team.  The Instrument Technician will learn the specific skills required for the assembly and test of both specialised mechanisms and hardware as well as the more general assembly skills required. It is a critical role that sits at the heart of instrument development in RAL Space and the role has the potential to develop for the right candidate.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities

The role is an interesting and varied role, changing on a daily basis to meet the needs of projects across STFC. The role may include, but is not limited to:

  • precision assembly of space flight equipment and mechanical assemblies to written procedures
  • preparation and identification of parts and assemblies using CAD drawings and procedures
  • completion of documentation and log books relating to the hardware build
  • management and training of apprentices including scheduling of effort where required
  • providing advice to both mechanical designers and section staff in the techniques to be used in the assembly of equipment
  • design and manufacture of MGSE, as required, to support assembly tasks
  • assembly of jigs and fixtures as required to support the operations of the group
  • laser marking and parts control of flight hardware
  • carry out precision cleaning activities on flight hardware
  • carry out inspections and generation of reports
  • work within the RAL Space ISO9001 system
  • provide mechanical support to the Environmental Test Division
  • be aware and proactively enforce excellent health and safety practices within the remit of STFC’s Safety Policy
  • write risk assessments as appropriate.

The role requires regular contact with Project managers and potentially external customers, so excellent communication skills are a prerequisite for this role. Being able to work in a team is essential, as is the ability to take proactive responsibility for the delivery of your package of work.

The role may require occasional national and international travel and will require the ability to work in a cleanroom environment.

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 (S) and Interview (I) criteria


  • apprenticeship, ONC, or equivalent, in Engineering or related subject (S)
  • experience building or handling flight quality aerospace hardware (S&I)
  • ability to read and understand engineering drawings (I)
  • ability to follow and implement detailed assembly procedures (S&I)
  • ability to recognize and record non-conformances (S&I)
  • excellent organisational skills (I)
  • excellent communication skills (verbal and written) (S&I)
  • excellent attention to detail (S&I)
  • proactive approach to solving problems (I)
  • ability to work as part of a team and manage junior members of staff (I)
  • strong health and safety ethos and knowledge of writing risk assessments (I)
  • ability to work safely in a cleanroom environment (I)
  • available for overseas travel. (I)


  • HNC or, or higher qualification in Engineering (S)
  • experience of using metrology equipment, such as alignment telescopes or theodolites (S&I)
  • experience of designing aerospace components (S&I)
  • have worked within an ISO9001 environment.  (S&I)

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:

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