Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC249787
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30782 - £36459
Date Posted 12 June 2019
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 14 July 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 to £36,459 per annum (depending on skills and experience and inclusive of annual allowance)
Grade: RC-D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 14th July 2019


About us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to 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 engineering.

Working at the forefront of scientific endeavour is not possible without a dedicated team of engineers able to turn abstract scientific ideas into reality. At STFC’s ISIS facility, a world-leading scientific research centre, each problem requires a unique solution, taking advantage of the latest technologies to deliver the seemingly impossible. Our engineers have the freedom to choose their own solution, and the responsibility to take it to completion.

About the role

We now have an opportunity for an instrumentation and control technical engineer to join the ISIS Controls Group, which is part of the ISIS Electrical Systems Division. The facility utilises a large number of PLC-based machine interlock, plant and drive control systems within the accelerator and instrument beamlines. You will be part of the team that is responsible for the design, procurement, build, installation and support of these systems.

You will be appointed at Band D of STFC’s staffing hierarchy, depending on the strength of your electrical knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications.

Duties will include:

  • design and implement new PLC and Human Machine Interface (HMI) control systems to monitor and improve the performance/reliability of the ISIS accelerator, including the design of interlock, plant and motor control systems
  • specify logic sequences and carry out the programming of PLCs and HMIs manufactured by Omron, Schneider Electric and Bosch Rexroth
  • prepare drawings and technical documentation, using AutoCAD, Meridian and other standard office software packages
  • 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
  • procure materials, components and spares for the new control systems
  • oversee the manufacture and assembly of control system hardware, such as control panel & junction box wiring, PCB assembly and cable termination.
  • supervise contract staff
  • project-manage new installations and upgrades to systems
  • test and install new control systems.

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 (S) and Interview Criteria (I)


  • bachelor’s degree or equivalent in an appropriate electrical engineering discipline (S)
  • a sound knowledge of electrical/controls principles and techniques (S&I) 
  • experience of working with particle accelerator instrumentation (S&I)
  • experience working on control systems in a large scale scientific facility (S&I)
  • relevant project experience relating to the design of PLC-based control systems (S&I)
  • computer literate in the use of office software and CAD packages such as AutoCAD (S&I)
  • fully conversant with engineering drawings and circuit diagrams (I)
  • experience of programming PLCs & HMIs using Omron CX-One or Schneider Electric ProWORX/Unity software (S&I)
  • conversant with ladder logic (S&I)
  • evidence of good English written skills and computer literacy (S)
  • quality of cover letter (S)
  • excellent interpersonal skills – able to liaise with staff at all levels (I)
  • the use of initiative and a methodical approach to problem-solving is required (I)
  • a proven ability to work confidently as part of a team (I)
  • thorough and pays attention to detail (S&I)
  • be willing to work in radiation areas (I)
  • able to demonstrate health and safety awareness and safe working practices relevant to the role (S&I).


  • master’s degree or equivalent in an appropriate electrical engineering discipline. (S)
  • able to carry out electrical systems fault-finding to component level (I)
  • experience of managing contractors and liaising with suppliers (I)
  • a willingness to work outside ‘normal’ hours as workload dictates (I
  • previous experience associated with panel-building, wiring, cable termination (S&I)
  • previous experience working with drive technologies (S&I)
  • experience of programming drive systems using Bosch Rexroth Indraworks (S&I)
  • project management skills (I).

Special Requirements:

  • you must be willing to carry out occasional travel within the UK and overseas. The team provides out of hours on-call support to resolve faults and problems during the silent hours, and as such a willingness to take part in the ISIS on-call system would be a distinct advantage.

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.


The closing date for applications is 14th July 2019, however early applications are encouraged as applicants will be reviewed and considered on an on-going basis.

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