Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC251138
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £38318 - £47576
Date Posted 20 September 2019
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 20 October 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £38,318 - £47,576 (dependent upon qualifications and experience and inclusive of annual role based allowance)
Grade: E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 20th October 2019


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe's largest multi-disciplinary research organisations, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Working at the forefront of scientific endeavour isn’t possible without a dedicated team of engineers able to turn abstract scientific ideas into reality. At the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) ISIS facility, a leading particle accelerator used to carry out research in the physical and life sciences, 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.

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.

About the role

As a mechanical engineer within the ISIS Accelerator Design Group, you will be working closely with fellow engineers and scientists to specify, design, develop and procure bespoke mechanical and electrical equipment for the particle accelerator.

Your duties will include:

  • Full lifecycle engineering from concept to commissioning of one off components and larger, complex systems
  • Coordinating the activities of various different technical disciplines to achieve the required end goal
  • Project management (including scheduling, budgets, planning and reporting)
  • Production of mechanical designs and detailed drawings using 2D and 3D CAD, either as an individual, or by managing the work of others
  • Presentation of designs for peer and stakeholder review
  • Managing both internal staff and external contract design and detailing effort
  • Managing tendering, procurement and delivery of approved designs
  • Ensuring all engineering design and installation work is carried out safely and in accordance with STFC codes of practice.

Technical Skills and Areas of Experience Required:

  • Mechanical engineering calculations and analysis – structural, thermal and fluids
  • Precision toleranced components and alignment systems
  • Design for manufacturing – materials selection, materials joining and machining
  • Delivery of bespoke technical equipment
  • An understanding of working within a Project Management environment

Technical Skills and Areas of Experience Desired:

  • RF cavities and accelerating structures
  • AC and DC focusing/bending electromagnets
  • Ultra-high vacuum
  • Project Management experience – responsible for managing budget, time schedules, specifications and risk etc…

Personal Skills and Attributes Required:

  • Advanced inter-personal skills, particularly in communication, negotiating, networking and team building, motivation and problem-solving
  • Proven people management skills
  • Very high level of drive, enthusiasm and focus on the achievement of goals
  • Focused on delivering working, high quality solutions to meet the project objectives
  • Organised approach to complex problems
  • Strong ability to think creatively, to seek and accept change and continuous improvement.

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 and Interview Criteria

Criteria will be assessed through shortlisting (S), at Interview (I) or both (S&I)


  • Degree/HND or above with equivalent experience (S)
  • Knowledge of fundamental mechanical engineering principles, e.g. materials, stress/strain, fluid mechanics, heat transfer (S&I)
  • Experience in a mechanical design environment: developing, designing, procuring, testing and reporting on the development of technically challenging engineering equipment (S&I)
  • Experienced in performing engineering calculations and simulations (S&I)
  • Experience of developing and carrying out test programmes to prove new designs (S&I)
  • Experience of managing and directing staff engaged on development projects (S&I)
  • Quality of cover letter - written English and relevance (S).


  • In-depth knowledge in one or more of: RF cavities, magnetic elements (AC or DC), high vacuum engineering, precision alignment, materials engineering (S&I)
  • Experience in managing projects (S&I)
  • MEng in relevant engineering discipline (S)
  • Degree is IMechE/IET Accredited for CEng (S).

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.

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