Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC251204
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £38318 - £42576
Date Posted 07 November 2019
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 08 January 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £38,318 to £42,576 plus £3,000 RRA allowance (Dependent on relevant experience)
Grade: E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 8th January 2020

Application Engineer - STFC

About Us

Part of UK Research and Innovation, 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.

STFC’s Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC), based at Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire, is a centre of excellence for all aspects of the science and technology of charged particle accelerators, ranging from large scale national and international research facilities, such as the Diamond Light Source and the Large Hadron Collider, through to specialised industrial and medical applications including security scanning and radiotherapy.

About The Role

By working with ASTeC, businesses can access a unique combination of leading-edge accelerated beam facilities, world-renowned experts and a network of research laboratories and academic institutes that can support them in their product development and research programmes.

Over the last year we have experienced significant growth in ASTeC’s engagement with commercial organisations and in order to maintain that level of growth, and to successfully support our existing customers, we are seeking to recruit additional technical resource to support our Business Development team.

In this new role of Application Engineer you will work closely with the Business Development team, attending meetings with existing and potential customers to understand their challenges and to propose solutions that can meet their needs. You will become proficient in the operational and safety aspects of a number of particle accelerator systems at Daresbury,enabling you to take responsibility for the safe and effective delivery of customer projects that use these facilities. In addition, you will be responsible for ensuring that customer projects are delivered on time and within budget.

Activities will include:

  • Attending customer meetings to understand their requirements and propose technical solutions
  • Technical scoping of customer requirements to enable projects to be accurately costed
  • Liaising with STFC staff members to obtain their support for commercial projects
  • Project managing commercial opportunities from bid preparation to project delivery
  • Making the necessary technical and operational preparations to enable the effective delivery of projects
  • Effectively assessing the risk and safety aspects of customer projects
  • Responsibility for the effective management of risk and safety measures for customer projects
  • Running particle accelerator systems to enable customer experiments and test programmes
  • Working with ASTeC Business Development team to prepare funding bids
  • Presenting ASTeC’s solutions at industry and funding events.

About You

You will have a background in accelerator science or related technologies. You will be inquisitive and interested in learning about the commercial applications of accelerator technology and enjoy talking to commercial organisations about their product research and development challenges and enjoy finding practical solutions to address those challenges. You will be focussed on delighting customers through your positive attitude to problem solving and your ability to deliver projects of high-quality on time.

You will enjoy working on a range of projects of differing sizes and timescales and project managing a team to deliver on the project plan. You will take pride in ensuring that the accelerator facilities and workspaces that are used by our customers are in good order and present a professional image. You will be prepared to take on the risk and safety management responsibilities associated with using radiation-generating 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 and Interview Criteria



  • Bachelor’s Degree in physical sciences or engineering or equivalent experience. (S)


  • Master’s Degree in physical sciences or engineering discipline (S)
  • PhD in physical sciences or engineering discipline. (S)

Knowledge and Experience


  • Background in accelerator science or related technologies (S)
  • Experience of delivering technical projects (S)
  • Experience of presenting technical solutions to stakeholders (S)
  • Understanding of the importance of adhering to Health and Safety regulations. (I)


  • Understanding of particle accelerator technology and their use in commercial applications (I)
  • Experience of managing technical projects and delivering on time and within budget (I)
  • Basic understanding of Intellectual Property Rights Management. (I)

Personal Skills and Qualities


  • Strong written communication skills (S)
  • Strong oral communication skills (I)
  • Enjoy the challenge of finding effective solutions to technical challenges (I)
  • Ability to explain complex technical ideas effectively (I)
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. (I)

Special Requirements


  • Prepared to take on safety and risk management responsibilities given suitable training (I)
  • Prepared to travel both within the UK and abroad (I)
  • Willingness to work flexible hours. (I)

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:

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