STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC251418
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £59023 - £65580
Date Posted 27 November 2019
Grade UKRI-Band G
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 05 January 2020
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £59,023 - £65,580
Grade: G
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: Sunday 5th January 2020
Interview Date: Friday 31st January 2020

The Head of the Applied Science Division will provide strategic leadership and management of the diverse groups that together make up the Division, part of the Technology Department at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. The Division currently provides engineering and physics support to projects across the STFC programme,  with a particular emphasis on instrumentation for particle physics, the spallation neutron facility (ISIS),  the Central Laser Facility and space science projects.  However, the Division  also carries out projects with, and for, a range of external stakeholders both public sector and industrial, in the UK and abroad and this is an increasingly significant part of its portfolio

The Applied Science Division currently comprises about 60 scientists and engineers covering Cryogenics and Magnetics, the Energy Research Unit, Composites and Materials Testing, High Powered Targets, Project and Mechanical Engineering, and Manufacturing facilities. The Head will develop and deliver a sustainable long term strategy that delivers this mission and aligns with the overall strategy for Technology Department within STFC. The Head is responsible to the Director of Technology for the overall performance of the Division. The post holder will be an experienced leader: an engineer or scientist and possibly already a member of a relevant community pursuing internationally competitive research or technology programmes in one of these fields.

List of Duties / Work Programme / Responsibilities

Responsible to the Director of Technology for the overall performance of the Division, developing the long term strategy for the Division and ensuring this aligns with the strategy of the Technology Department and STFC.

As Head of Applied Science Division

  • Represent the Applied Science Division and the Technology Department both in the UK and internationally. This includes direct consultation with both internal and external funding bodies including customers such as ESA and CERN. This may include participation in Project Boards as required by customers
  • Be responsible for the annual delegated budget and satisfactory delivery of targets therein. This includes delivery of all projects to customers on time, and meeting cost and specification targets
  • Oversee the business development activities of the Applied Science Division ensuring they reflect a balance between core STFC activities, the STFC impact agenda and external income generation from non-STFC sources
  • Be responsible for the Health and Safety within the Division
  • Ensure standards of staff performance, appraisal and development are maintained across the Division and are consistent with STFC requirements
  • Encourage staff to publicise the achievements, and capabilities of, the Division both within STFC and externally
  • Work with the Director of Technology Department and others to contribute to STFC's technology impact agenda, policy development and top-level corporate targets
  • Be part of the senior management team of Technology Department.

Contacts and Communication

  • The post requires excellent communications and presentational skills.

Personal Skills and Attributes

  • A degree in Physics or engineering, and significant profession experience,  with peer esteem in the relevant community through publication of research papers, and/or membership of Committees/Boards/Panels
  • Familiarity with scientific instrumentation relevant to the STFC
  • Experience of successful management of similar sized organisations or equivalent projects
  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams of people and achieve desired outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically
  • Demonstrated organisational skills
  • Demonstrated high level presentation and negotiation skills
  • Ability to represent the Division and STFC on the national and international stage, such as with our university colleagues and at Governmental level.

Qualifications

Essential:

  • Degree in Science or Engineering Subject
  • Significant professional experience.

Desirable:

  • PhD.

Knowledge and Experience

 Essential:

  • Experience in operating at a strategic level and in demonstrating strategic vision
  • Broad understanding of engineering
  • Experience of international partnerships and of working closely with Universities and other Stakeholders.

Personal skills and Qualities

Essential:

  • Proven track record of managing teams of technical and scientific staff comprising a wide range of skills, facilities and capabilities
  • Excellent leadership and strong team working and collaboration skills
  • Excellent communication, relationship building, negotiating and influencing skills
  • A good understanding of Health and Safety
  • Ability to operate at a strategic level, demonstrate strategic vision
  • Advanced ability to positively influence stakeholders and collaborators
  • Focus on achievement and continuous improvement.

Desirable:

  • Presentation of personal research results, projects and the work of the Division to international conferences and workshops
  • Ability to lead an internationally competitive research programme
  • Ability to travel extensively both in the UK and abroad
  • A good understanding of the STFC Health and Safety system.

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 Criteria

Essential:

  • Degree in Science or Engineering Subject  - S
  • Significant professional experience  with peer esteem in the relevant community through publication of research papers, and/or membership of Committees/Boards/Panels - S
  • Experience in operating at a strategic level and in demonstrating strategic vision. - S
  • Broad understanding of engineering - S
  • Familiarity with scientific instrumentation relevant to the STFC. - S
  • Experience of successful management of significant scientific organisations or projects. - S
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically. – S&I
  • Demonstrated organisational skills - S
  • Demonstrated high level presentation and negotiation skills - S&I
  • Ability to represent the Division and STFC on the national and international stage, such as with our university colleagues and at Governmental level - I
  • Ability to manage a diverse Division comprising a wide range of skills, facilities and capabilities - S&I
  • Excellent leadership and strong team working and collaboration skills - I
  • A good understanding of Health and Safety - S&I
  • Focus on achievement and continuous improvement -

Desirable:

  • PhD in Science or Engineering Subject - S
  • Experience of international partnerships and of working closely with Universities and other Stakeholders - S.

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