Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC249666
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £24777 - £28932
Date Posted 05 June 2019
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 21 July 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £24,777 - £28,932 (dependent upon qualifications and experience and inclusive of allowances)
Grade: RC-C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 21st July 2019


About us

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 world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford in the United Kingdom. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. We support a national and international community of more than 3,000 scientists for research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, catalysis and polymers and on to fundamental studies of materials.

About the role

A vacancy exists for a Mechanical Support Technician in the ISIS Mechanical Engineering Section, which is part of the ISIS Accelerator Division. You will be based in the main workshop and also work in all areas of the ISIS accelerator and extraction beam lines.

The role will involve the following duties:

  • to produce high quality machining work (including turning and milling) to close tolerances working to sketches, engineering drawings and verbal instructions as appropriate
  • produce appropriate jigs and fittings as necessary
  • to be responsible for a given area of work associated with the build, assembly, modification and installation of new projects connected with the ISIS accelerator
  • to be responsible for initiating the repair and maintenance of a wide range of installed components for a given area of the Accelerator. Including a wide and diverse range of magnets, diagnostic monitors, ultra high vacuum (UHV) and radio frequency (RF) acceleration systems. Training will be provided where necessary
  • to be responsible, for given areas of work and for the work of others including apprentices
  • responsible for establishing and maintaining safe and efficient working arrangements for yourself and for any staff working under your control. 

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.

Personal Skills and Attributes:

You will be expected to have experience in:

  • recognised formal training, e.g. a full apprenticeship, which may include up to three years full time study
  • you must possess experience of producing high quality machined and assembled components
  • the use of initiative and a flexible and innovative approach to problem solving is required
  • excellent interpersonal and team working skills are essential together with the ability to communicate effectively on technical issues with staff and facility users at all levels
  • experience of leading the work of others, including contractors and apprentices
  • a sound understanding of mechanical engineering workshop practice and of appropriate workshop safety procedures and their correct application is required
  • you should also be computer literate and be able to demonstrate use of Microsoft office software products.

Relevant Information:

You will be expected to:

  • be willing to enter radiologically designated areas
  • be willing to participate in/assist in out-of-hours breakdowns
  • willingness to resolve faults and problems during silent hours, in the interests of keeping ISIS fully operational, would be a distinct advantage.


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 Criteria


  • Mechanical Engineering apprenticeship or equivalent
  • relevant experience as a machinist and in mechanical fitting
  • quality of cover letter.


  • ONC in mechanical engineering or equivalent (or equivalent experience)
  • experience of CNC tooling and programming
  • experience of working in a large scale facility.

Interview Criteria


  • high level of skill/experience as a machinist and in mechanical fitting
  • working knowledge of safety issues and current health and safety legislation
  • work on own initiative, be proactive and take responsibility for task completion
  • ability to fault-find and resolve technical problems.


  • computer skills/working knowledge of Microsoft Office products
  • working knowledge of ionising radiation safety regulations
  • experience of working in industrial or large-scale facilities
  • experience of CNC tooling and programming.


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 (

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:

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 21st July 2019. The interview/assessment date for this vacancy is to be confirmed and will be held at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, OX11 0QX. Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis so we do reserve the right to close this vacancy early.

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