Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC248120
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £30357 - £32997
Date Posted 05 February 2019
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 13 March 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357 to £32,997 (dependent on skills and experience)
Grade: RC-D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing date: 13th March 2019


About Us

At the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) you belong to a community of experts who are driving science and technology forward. Our incredible diversity of research, technology and engineering projects truly fire the imagination and lead to real-world solutions which shape societies and transform lives.

Working at the forefront of scientific endeavour is only possible with dedicated project managers and engineering staff that are capable of turning scientific objectives into reality.

STFC’s Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) undertakes particle accelerator design and operation for current and future ‘Big Science’ facilities. We work on numerous high-profile projects with national and international partners, including CERN and the European Spallation Source. The Radio Frequency (RF) and Cryogenics group within ASTeC designs, builds, develops and supports advanced RF systems for high-energy particle accelerators. RF systems are the backbone of our particle accelerators, providing the energy needed by the particle beam to reach relativistic speeds.                                                                                            

We are currently working on a next generation test facility, CLARA, hosted at Daresbury Laboratory. CLARA will test Free Electron Laser and novel acceleration concepts and provide a platform for much of the underpinning research and development of the future UK X-ray laser facility. Other significant projects include testing superconducting RF cavities for the European Spallation Source (ESS) and developing an innovative and highly compact electron accelerator for security and industrial applications.

About the role

You will be part of a small team responsible for development, commissioning and operation of high power RF systems for the various particle accelerator projects, such as CLARA, being undertaken by ASTeC. You will work closely with other RF engineers and scientists, mechanical designers and external contractors to continuously develop and improve these high-power RF amplification and transport systems. A typical RF system for CLARA will provide pulsed RF, at repetition rates of up to 400 Hz and with powers of up to 80 MW, to an RF cavity that accelerates the electron beam.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • undertaking research and development into all aspects of radio frequency electrical/electronic equipment
  • writing technical documentation in the form of internal memos, presentations and reports, plus presenting work at external meetings and conferences
  • as part of a wider engineering team, you will produce technical specifications, perform detailed design, purchasing, implementation and commissioning of electrical/electronic equipment for particle accelerator radio frequency systems
  • perform testing and diagnosing faults relating to accelerator RF systems
  • as part of a wider team, you will also be responsible for managing safety for particle accelerator RF systems (writing risk assessments and method statements).

Benefits of the role

  • interesting and exciting work, giving you the opportunity to work on some truly innovative and world-class technology
  • enjoy a varied role with a high level of autonomy
  • excellent training opportunities in a broad range of relevant subjects; achieved through formal training courses and on-the-job training
  • opportunities to move within the team to gain experience of new areas (technical, project management, systems engineering)
  • opportunities to develop new skills through interaction with specialist areas
  • become part of a very diverse team of highly motivated scientists and engineers, who are genuinely interested in their fields
  • have ready access to in-house experts to supplement knowledge
  • opportunity to attend international conferences to keep abreast of developments in the field.

Benefits of working for STFC

An exceptional index linked pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexible working are offered, as well as an on-site subsidised restaurant, free parking, a gym and exercise classes. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

About you

You must be a highly motivated engineer or scientist. You will be qualified to degree level or equivalent in a relevant science or engineering subject and have experience with high power RF technologies with an interest in RF aspects of accelerators.

STFC has a track record of recruiting people for what they could achieve in the future, if technical promise comes across at interview stage. So, whilst of course STFC will be looking for the “ideal candidate” do not be put off if you feel you do not tick every box, if you are a bright and motivated engineer or scientist who will throw yourself into the work and embrace the technical challenge, please get in touch.

The role will involve occasional travel within the UK and abroad, and you must be willing to travel.

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


  • educated to degree level e.g. BEng/BSc in Electrical, Electronics, Physics or relevant science degree or equivalent experience
  • high power (kW/MW levels) RF experience
  • experience of RF measurement techniques
  • extensive experience on a PC including the following applications; MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.
  • experience of writing technical papers and progress reporting
  • demonstrate ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • self-motivated
  • flexible to adapt to new work challenges
  • ability to work effectively with minimum supervision
  • ability to prepare and present seminars and address meetings on current work
  • prepared to travel both within the UK and abroad
  • willingness to work flexible hours and occasional shifts.


  • MEng in Electrical, Electronics or RF Engineering or equivalent
  • PhD in Electrical, Electronics or RF Engineering or Physics or equivalent
  • chartered status
  • demonstrate examples of relevant project work with high power RF systems which may include; vacuum tube amplifiers, solid state amplifiers, wave guide distribution systems, high power RF components
  • experience of working with particle accelerators
  • knowledge of high voltage power supply and HV pulsed modulators
  • proven health and safety management experience
  • experience of managing projects and/or resources
  • experience with MS project and Matlab or equivalent
  • ability to provide creative ideas and cost-effective solutions to challenging design problems.

Interview Criteria


  • can demonstrate and discuss relevant experience with high power RF systems
  • can demonstrate and discuss experience with RF measurement/use of appropriate laboratory instruments
  • demonstrates an ability to discuss and understand technical matters relevant to the role
  • demonstrate good oral communication skills
  • ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • self-motivated
  • flexible to adapt to new work challenges
  • ability to work effectively with minimum supervision
  • ability to prepare and present seminars and address meetings on current work.


  • can demonstrate and discuss relevant experience with particle accelerators
  • demonstrates knowledge of high voltage power supply and HV pulsed modulators
  • can discuss health and safety matter relevant to the role
  • can demonstrate experience of project/resource management
  • demonstrate innovative problem solving in previous experience.


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.

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