Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC248102
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £24435 - £32044
Date Posted 23 January 2019
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 24 February 2019
Interview Date

Brief 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

Salary: £24,435 to £32,044 (depending on experience and including allowances)
Maximum Starting Pay: £28,060 plus overtime, on call, and call out payments, as detailed below
Grade: C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 24th February 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.

We are currently looking to recruit 3 Mechanical Technicians to work in the Experimental Operations Division.

The Technician role involves working as part of a team supporting our existing Neutron and Muon beamlines. This can include installing and building beamlines, components and sub-assemblies from engineering drawings, ensuring all systems and assemblies are in good working order. You would also be expected to provide support and fault finding skills to enable visiting scientist to conduct experiments successfully and working on development projects to increase the capabilities of ISIS.

In your role you may need to work in specialised areas, such as gas safety systems. If this is a requirement of your particular role it will be discussed at interview and training will be given to you.

ISIS operates four 50 day cycles per year, during these cycles ISIS operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week so some over time is required for all these posts and in addition on-call is required for these roles (see appendix A below).

Appendix A - Overtime and On-Call rates

Overtime Rates
Overtime rate for week days and weekends - 1.5 x basic hourly rate.
Overtime rate for attending call outs - 2 x basic hourly rate.

On-Call Allowance for standing by  
On Weekdays - for a period of more than 12 hours - £20.40
Weekends and Bank Holidays - for a period of more than 12 hours - £40.80
Call-Out payment  
General - Call-Out to resolve a problem - £20.40
Between 12.00 midnight and 05.30 or at any time on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day - £30.60.

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


  • served a Mechanical Apprenticeship with NVQ level 3 or higher qualification in Engineering or relevant equivalent experience and qualification in Manual Machining
  • ability to machine bespoke components and precision hand fitting and assembly skills
  • ability to work to Engineering drawings
  • good attention to detail
  • good communication skills
  • good knowledge of Health and Safety practice in a workshop environment
  • highly motivated and able to work well as part of a team
  • willingness to learn new skills and techniques
  • able to work to deadlines.

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 24th February 2019 however early applications are encouraged as applications will be reviewed and possibly interview on an on-going basis.

If you wish to discuss the role in advance of applying please feel free to contact Erik Johnson on

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