Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC249155
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30782 - £35459
Date Posted 24 April 2019
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 03 June 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 - £35,459 (dependent on skills and experience, inclusive of annual allowance)
Grade: UKRI-D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 3rd June 2019

Our salary scales have recently been updated and are reflected on this advert.


A vacancy exists for an Ancillary Plant Senior Technician to work alongside two further plant senior technicians in the ISIS Ancillary Plant Section, which is part of the ISIS Accelerator Division. You will manage a small team of up to 3 people and will be responsible for the efficient running of all the ancillary plant installed on ISIS.

The ancillary plant includes large evaporative and air blast cooler systems, water treatment plant, de-mineralised and de-oxygenated water production systems, chilled water systems, air conditioning units and compressed air systems. The ancillary plant runs 24 hours – 365 days per year. The role requires a balanced mix of a hands-on approach to daily operation of the ancillary plant and office-based duties.

List of Duties/Responsibilities:

You will report to the Ancillary Plant Section Leader within the Accelerator Engineering Group, and will be expected to undertake the following duties:

  • establishing and maintaining safe and efficient working arrangements for all staff working within the section to ensure compliance with all safety legislation and relevant regulations
  • regularly review, update and produce maintenance work programs to improve plant reliability considering the needs of the ISIS operational program
  • have a hands-on approach to get installation and maintenance tasks completed within given timescales
  • assessment of the condition of the existing plant, recommending replacement
  • to oversee the repair of plant breakdowns and make recommendations for preventative measures and identify inefficient/obsolescent equipment 
  • technical support of the operation and maintenance function, requiring a practical approach to problem solving
  • record keeping of plant parameters and cooling water sampling test results, including the F gas log book.

Contacts and Communication

You should have:

  • the ability to communicate effectively with all colleagues throughout the ISIS Accelerator Division
  • good writing skills/record-keeping and PC literacy e.g. Windows/Office/CAD etc.

Personal Skills and Attributes:

You will be expected to have experience in:

  • the management of staff
  • working experience of ancillary plant systems
  • the operation and maintenance of complex ancillary plant systems
  • good interpersonal skills, well-motivated and able to motivate others
  • the ability to work to fixed schedules.

Organization Description

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 and Interview Criteria


  • mechanical engineering apprenticeship or equivalent
  • ONC in mechanical engineering or relevant experience in ancillary plant systems
  • maintenance of ancillary plant.


  • HNC in mechanical engineering or equivalent
  • Legionella qualification
  • F gas refrigerant qualification
  • quality of cover letter
  • ability to fault find and resolve technical problems
  • working knowledge of current H&S legislation.

In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages (

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

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 file name description of each document uploaded. No Agencies.

The closing date for applications is 3rd June 2019, however, we encourage early applications as applicants will be reviewed and interviewed on an on-going basis.

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