Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC248103
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £24435 - £28560
Date Posted 23 January 2019
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 24 February 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £24,435 - £28,560 (dependent on skills and experience and inclusive of allowances)
Grade: C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 24th February 2019

About the role

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 a Machinist to work in the Experimental Operations Division as part of the Instrument Operations Group and Sample Environment Group.

In this role you will be required to manufacture a wide range of small batch scientific components using both manual and CNC machining methods.

You will be required to work to engineering drawings and verbal instructions.

You will develop machining capabilities and work with a wide spectrum of materials ranging from Aluminium to Stainless Steel, Inconel and Super Alloys.

You will also be required to complete assembly and alignment work as part of the role.

You will have served a mechanical apprenticeship and will be an experienced manual machinist, vocationally trained and proficient with best practice techniques and conversant with a wide range of tooling. Familiarity and experience using various hand tools is also essential. CNC programming and CAD experience are advantageous although training could be provided to the right candidate.

ISIS operates four 50 day cycles per year, during these cycles ISIS operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week so some overtime is required for all these posts and in addition on-call is required for the technician roles.

An excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are also offered with all positions.

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


  • 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
  • precision hand fitting and assembly skills.


  • experience of working in a commercial or academic machine workshop
  • able to set up/program a CNC mill and lathe in a variety of language.

Interview Criteria


  • ability to machine bespoke components
  • demonstrate hand fitting and assembly skills
  • ability to read and interpret engineering drawings
  • good attention to detail
  • good communication skills
  • highly motivated and able to work well as part of a team
  • willingness to learn new skills and techniques
  • able to work to deadlines.


  • experience of CAD systems
  • able to set up/program a CNC mill and lathe in a variety of languages.

We will be interviewing for this role on an on-going basis and reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, we would therefore advise you to submit your application as early as possible.

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:

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

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.

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