Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC249386
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £24777 - £33459
Date Posted 09 May 2019
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 23 June 2019
Interview Date 08 July 2019

Brief Description

£24,777 - £33,459 + RRA up to £3,000 (Depending on skills and experience)
Grade: RC-C/RC-D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 23rd June 2019
Interview Date: 8th & 9th July 2019

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) brings strategic leadership to UK investments in large national and international research facilities, together with delivering world class science and technology. The council operates some of the world’s most advanced facilities, such as ISIS.

ISIS is a source of pulsed neutrons and muons located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, near Oxford. The facility performs cutting-edge research into structure and properties of materials at an atomic and molecular level.

We now have an opportunity for an electrical engineer to join the ISIS Controls Group, which is part of the ISIS Electrical Systems Division.

You will be appointed at either Band C or Band D of STFC’s staffing hierarchy, depending on the strength of your electrical knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications. As a Band C technician, you will support the other C&I design engineers in bringing new designs into reality and engage directly with scientific and engineering staff, responding to breakdowns should they occur. As a Band D engineer, you will also carry out design and project management activities for new installations and upgrades. As part of the team, you will provide assistance with all aspects of work being undertaken, as well as playing a vital role in carrying out essential support and maintenance activities to ensure that the facility remains operational.

Duties at Band C and D will include

  • assist with the design of electrical control panels
  • draw circuit diagrams and panel layout using AutoCAD
  • mounting of electrical components into cubicle and enclosures
  • wiring controls panel as per drawings
  • assist in installation, test, and commissioning of electrical systems
  • undertake routine maintenance and repair of the installed systems
  • periodic inspection and testing of fixed equipment
  • procure materials, components and spares
  • organise a lab and two small workshops
  • plan, organise and carry out ongoing PAT testing scheme
  • possess working knowledge of wiring regulation (BS7671)
  • work in a safe, tidy and responsible manner, according to STFC SHE requirements.

In addition, Band D duties would also include:

  • design electrical control panels
  • provide appropriate technical information to contract staff and subcontractors for the manufacture of electrical control panels and peripheral equipment
  • produce test schedules and oversee the testing of control panels and systems in the lab
  • project-manage new installations and upgrades to systems.

You must be willing to work in radiation areas as a monitored radiation worker, and in work areas containing high magnetic fields. This role may involve occasional UK and overseas travel. The section also provides out of hours on-call support.

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.


Essential: (S&I)

  • a recognised electrical apprenticeship (Band C) or HNC/HND electrical engineering (Band D) plus extensive relevant experience.

Desirable: (S&I)

  • HNC/HND Electrical Engineering (Band D)
  • City & Guilds 2365 Level 3 (Band C and D)
  • City & Guilds 2382 (Requirements for Electrical Installation) (Band C and D)
  • City & Guilds 2391 (Electrical Inspection & Testing) (Band C and D).

Knowledge and Experience

Essential: (S&I)

  • expertise in Panel building and wiring control panels
  • ability to design basic control panels
  • ability to draw circuit diagrams and panel layout using CAD software
  • demonstrable experience in planning, organising and carrying out inspection and testing
  • ability to read and wire from CAD drawings
  • ability to carry out electrical systems fault finding
  • knowledge of Electrical Controls components
  • knowledge of BS7671 wiring regulation
  • some relevant design experience (Band D)
  • significant practical experience supporting electrical/electronic systems (Band D)
  • ability to manage projects (Band D).

Desirable: (S&I)

  • familiarity with AutoCAD
  • familiarity with PLC based systems
  • experience of working in industrial or large scale facilities
  • experience of managing contractors and liaising with suppliers. (Band D)

Personal skill and Qualities

Essential: (S&I)

  • proven ability to work confidently as part of a team
  • proven ability to discuss and communicate work effectively.

About You

You will show initiative and work with the minimum of supervision and have high level of problem solving ability and safety awareness. Additionally, you will need skills in work prioritisation, teamwork, communication and good attention to detail and accuracy. 

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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