Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC248664
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £24435 - £34997
Date Posted 05 March 2019
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 22 March 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: Salary £24,435 - £34,997 (plus overtime and on call allowance) - dependent upon qualifications and experience
Grade: C/D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 22nd March 2019
Interview Date: 2nd April 2019

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science research organisations. A key part of the newly formed UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), we support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.

STFC’s ISIS Neutron and Muon facility is a leading centre of material science excellence. The facility performs cutting edge research into the structure and properties of materials at an atomic and molecular level. It is the most productive research centre of its type in the world. Each year we welcome around 2000 visiting scientists who complete over 600 experiments

The post-holder will be responsible for the operation and output of the ISIS Helium Liquefaction Plant which has been designed for the production of sufficient gas and liquid helium to enable sixteen specialist cryostats and superconducting magnets to be routinely operating at any one time. Responsibilities include ensuring the technical integrity of the low-pressure helium gas collection network, the compression and storage equipment and the liquefier. The post-holder will also be responsible for balancing the outputs of the plant, to meet the needs of the ISIS facility. They must also promote and maintain a helium recovery ethic amongst staff and the ISIS user community, in pursuit of high recovery efficiency and low losses. The Helium Recovery Manager will be assisted by a Helium Recovery Technician. Specialist training will be provided as necessary.

Main duties:

  • manage and operate the helium recovery system equipment including ring main, vacuum pumps, filtering, instrumentation, storage bag, compressors, pipe network manifold, high pressure storage, liquefier and Dewar’s
  • maintain the helium recovery system equipment, generally as detailed above
  • ensure that all statutory requirements are completed (for example in accordance with pressure systems and lifting equipment regulations)
  • manage the distribution and delivery of cryogens (helium and nitrogen) around the ISIS facility: take steps to ensure that deliveries are properly resourced and completed on time
  • create and oversee the system maintenance program and keep detailed records
  • analyse system performance information to target maintenance activities and to optimise product output
  • manage equipment maintenance contracts
  • procure system components and equipment
  • manage the Helium Recovery Technician
  • actively promote plant developments, including collaboration with new potential users of the helium recovery plant and technical enhancements
  • compile management reports.

Cryogenic Support

  • support ISIS Experimental Operations by performing liquid helium transfers as required by the ISIS science programme
  • provide laboratory support to the Cryogenics team in maintaining and repairing critical cryogenic sample environment equipment.

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/Interview Criteria


  • mechanical knowledge and skills (S&I)
  • mechanical Apprenticeship (S)
  • practical knowledge of Gas systems (S&I)
  • practical knowledge of instrumentation (S&I)
  • knowledge of Health & safety practices (S&I)
  • PC literacy (S&I)
  • good team skills (S&I)
  • ability to work autonomously and alone when required (I)
  • work in a radiation area (I)
  • work overtime when required (I)
  • ability to stay calm under pressure (I)


  • knowledge of the helium recovery process (S&I)
  • practical knowledge of cryogenics (S&I)
  • practical knowledge of vacuum technology (S&I)
  • practical management experience (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.

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