STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC250682
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26932
Date Posted 02 September 2019
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 27 October 2019
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £26,932
Grade: UKRI - C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 27th October 2019
Interview Date: Interviews will be held at one of our assessment centres: RAL based vacancies: 12th and 16th December 2019 and 21st and 28th January 2020

 

STFC - RAL Space - RAL Space Multi-Layer Insulation Design Engineer Graduate

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, technology and Engineering. For more information on STFC please view one of our videos - https://youtu.be/k9gaDSDzRQQ

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Our graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to a new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for graduates with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these. See all our current graduate vacancies here.

The RAL Space Department at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory develops space instruments and ground-based astronomy instruments for agencies including ESA, NASA, UKSA and ESO, and other commercial customers.  The Thermal Engineering Group within the Department requires a graduate mechanical engineer to join the Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI) Manufacturing Facility team. MLI is one of the key thermal control technologies used within space-based satellites and instruments, and is used in the majority of satellites today. MLI must be designed to meet customer requirements for, among other things, operating temperature, insulation performance, space environment and launch mechanical environment. This requires the application of a broad range of engineering and science.

Summary of key duties & responsibilities

You will work under the direct supervision of the MLI Manufacturing Facility manager, who will support you in the design and development of MLI for space instruments and ground support equipment. Duties will include, but may not be limited to:

  • Development of MLI designs to satisfy customer requirements for coverage
  • Thermal analysis of MLI designs
  • Production of CAD designs for MLI blankets, or overseeing CAD design by others
  • Assisting with the writing of project proposals and bids for new MLI work
  • Project management of small MLI projects
  • Research, development and testing of novel techniques and technologies for MLI manufacture
  • Assisting with the production and integration of MLI (as required)
  • Assisting with outreach activities and tours of the department

It is expected that you will be enrolled on the IMechE Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS), with the aim of achieving Chartered Engineer status. You will be given technical and non-technical training appropriate to your previous experience, the requirements of the work and of the MPDS.

You will be expected to work closely with other engineering disciplines and groups, both at RAL and national/international organisations. Some travel in the UK and abroad is likely. Presentation of technical data to a range of audience types will be required. The position requires the you to produce well-written documents such as test reports, specifications, and procedures.

Responsibilities

You will be responsible for managing their own time, across a range of simultaneous projects. The role requires some limited financial management, with this anticipated to increase with time. You may be responsible for line management of junior team members.

Personal Skills and Attributes

We are looking for a Graduate with the following skills/attributes:

  • Degree in a mechanical engineering discipline, minimum 2:1
  • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to multi-task
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good PC literacy skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to work in a team
  • Diligent
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Able to problem solve and develop novel solutions.

Knowledge/Experience in the following areas would be an advantage:

  • A knowledge/interest in space science and engineering would be useful, but not essential
  • Scheduling software (e.g. MS Project)
  • Leading a team
  • Organisation of complex tasks.

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 www.ukri.org.

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

The below will be tested at Shortlisting (S) and Interview (I).

Essential:        

  • Obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018, 2019 or be due to receive it in 2020 (S)
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above (S&I)
  • The right to live and work in the UK (S)
  • IMechE accredited degree/registered with IMechE (S)
  • A-Level (or equivalent) Mathematics and Physics at Grade C or above (S)
  • Degree level knowledge of the principles of heat transfer, and an ability to apply these to practical scenarios (S&I)
  • Degree level knowledge of other relevant engineering disciplines (for instance materials science, manufacturing technologies or structural dynamics) (S&I)
  • Experience of CAD design and production of technical engineering drawings (S&I)
  • Understanding of technical engineering drawings (I)
  • Evidence of technical writing skills (S)
  • Experience of PC based software (S)
  • Evidence of presentation skills (S&I)
  • Clearly stated interest in job role (S&I)
  • Ability to problem solve and assess suitability of different options (I)
  • Ability to plan and co-ordinate own work (time management) (I)
  • Ability to communicate clearly in both written and spoken English (S&I)
  • Attention to detail  (S&I)

Desirable:

  • Space-related engineering qualification (S)
  • Masters degree in an appropriate engineering discipline (S)
  • An understanding of spacecraft thermal control techniques and technologies (S&I)
  • Knowledge of general space systems (S&I)
  • Practical experience (e.g. in workshops) and ability to consider practicality of solutions (S&I)
  • Experience of thermal testing (S)
  • Project Management experience (S&I)
  • Use of scheduling software (e.g. MS Project) (S)
  • Experience of budget responsibility (S)
  • Practical skills (e.g. evidenced by hobbies) (S)
  • Interest and enthusiasm for space activities (S&I).
  • Current starting salary of £26,932, plus annual incremental increase, a £1,000 welcome bonus and a £2,000 salary increase after the first year
  • Subject to performance you will be promoted after two years with us, resulting in a further salary increase
  • STFC’s Graduate scheme is accredited by: the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Physics. STFC is also organisational member of the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT
  • You’ll get the chance to work on cutting-edge projects with international collaborators
  • STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege holidays, flexible working hours and an exceptional pension scheme
  • Every graduate is provided with a mentor to help support them through the graduate scheme and to become chartered.

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.

In order to apply for this role you must have:

  • Obtained your first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018, 2019 or be due to receive it in 2020
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • The right to live and work in the UK

Please apply online only. Please submit a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role.

Please ensure that your name and the IRC reference are included in the file name description of each document uploaded. Please also state where you saw this role advertised. No Agencies.

We recruit on a rolling basis therefore we recommend you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis until our assessment centres are filled.

The assessment centre for this vacancy will be in December 2019 or January 2020 and will be held at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

Closing Date: 27th October 2019

To find out more about our graduate assessment process please visit: http://www.stfccareers.co.uk/careers/graduates/

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