Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC248952
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £32782 - £35459
Date Posted 27 March 2019
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 23 April 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £32,782 - £35,459 (dependent on skills and experience and inclusive of annual allowance + Over time allowance)
Grade: RC-D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 23rd April 2019




ISIS is the world’s most productive spallation neutron source — providing beams of neutrons and muons to enable scientists to study the structure and properties of matter for the benefit of science and engineering in the UK and abroad.

Target engineering covers work on new innovative projects, and precision assemblies. Targets are vital for the ISIS spallation neutron source. The post offers the chance to learn new technologies and work with specialist engineering designs, techniques and processes. The section encourages personnel development.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities

  • prepare assemblies using novel techniques and processes with exotic materials such as Tantalum and Tungsten
  • monitor running systems including water cooling, ventilation, gas handling and vacuum systems
  • work on engineering projects including accurate machining, precision fitting with specialised techniques and high tech equipment. In particular the use of Electron Beam Welding, EDM technology, and inspection tools
  • work alone, or as part of a team to ensure deadlines are met. You will be expected to manage a production schedule including organising outside contracted companies and internal specialised sections
  • liaise closely with the Target Design Group to find solutions to manufacturing problems. Developing techniques to manufacture and building targets with associated equipment
  • to design and manufacture tooling and complicated jigs to accurately weld, produce surface finishes, and machine components
  • to produce procedures and reports to provide quality documents and to improve production methods
  • follow procedures and risk assessments with minimal supervision.

Contacts and Communication

You will come into contact with external companies, designers, scientists, and members of ISIS staff from various sections.

The reporting officer will be the Band E Section Leader in the Target Operations Group.

Personal Skills and Attributes

  • you must have served a recognised apprenticeship and be qualified to ONC level in a mechanical engineering discipline. Post apprenticeship experience in any of the areas mentioned above would be advantageous
  • the most important attribute is to be self-motivated with a willingness to learn new skills and processes
  • a strong ability to communicate at all levels technically and non-technically is important. Good written skills involving record keeping and Microsoft office software
  • a calm and methodical attitude to work is essential with a desire to see jobs through to completion. The ability to take responsibility for assigned projects as part of a team or on personal initiative
  • you should be familiar with the health and safety issues associated in an engineering environment
  • a self-motivated person with an inquiring mind and an interest in solving engineering problems would be best suited to this post.

Any other Relevant Information

  • the post requires you to be willing to undertake the training required to fulfil all duties
  • you must be willing to work in a radiation controlled 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 Criteria


  • minimum of ONC or equivalent in a mechanical engineering discipline
  • full mechanical engineering apprenticeship, plus extensive relevant experience in the desired technologies would be advantageous
  • computer literate – able to use Microsoft office applications
  • able to interpret data and produce written documents and reports
  • able to work on projects independently
  • capable of using the full range of hand and machine tools for production of accurate components and precision fitting.  


  • HNC/HND in mechanical engineering
  • previous safety training and experience of working with radiation hazards
  • knowledge of solid edge or similar CAD software
  • appreciation of vacuum systems
  • experience of working with high pressure and high voltage hazards
  • knowledge of EDM Technology.

Interview Criteria


  • willingness to undertake training where applicable
  • appreciation of mechanical engineering design and manufacturing techniques
  • ability to read and understand technical information including engineering drawings
  • experience with CNC machining
  • ability to seek and accept change
  • pro-active individually but also able to work as a member of a team
  • enthusiasm and focus on the achievement of goals. Ability to utilise organisational systems
  • good inter-personal skills, particularly in communication and contribution to team motivation and problem solving
  • potential for further development
  • attention to detail.


  • knowledge of electron beam welding 
  • knowledge of specialist engineering techniques and materials
  • motivated, innovative, and inquisitive
  • experience of working with CMM.  


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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