Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC251853
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30782 - £36459
Date Posted 26 November 2019
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 15 December 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 - £36,459 (dependent upon qualifications and experience and inclusive of annual allowance)
Grade: D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 15th December 2019


ISIS is an existing facility built to serve the UK and international scientific community. The facility is made from a series of complex magnetic and electrical equipment used to generate and direct a proton beam to a heavy metal target to produce neutrons. The majority of this equipment is water cooled. We have a programme of both upgrade and new cooling plant installations. There is a requirement within the Plant Design section for an additional Plant Design Engineer.

You will have experience in specifying and scoping multi-KW water cooling systems.

The position will be working in the ISIS Design Division, based at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. The division is made up of some 60 design engineers. The Plant Design section is a small team within this division dedicated to water plant related projects.

The Plant Design Engineer will lead the design of major upgrades to the water plant, as well as managing, tendering, procurement and delivery of approved designs, directing the commissioning stage and eventual handover to operational staff.

You will also be responsible for liaising with a broad range of internal staff, including scientists and fellow engineers, as well as international stakeholders. Subsequently the role may require occasional UK and international travel.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities

Duties will include:

  • Responsibility for the design of upgrade water plant within ISIS
  • Managing tendering, procurement and delivery of approved designs
  • Project management to the STFC and ISIS approved methodologies.

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

  • Degree or HNC in Mechanical Engineering with a proven experience designing water plants
  • Able to carry out flow and pressure drop calculations
  • Heat exchanger sizing calculations
  • Use of AutoCAD to generate plant layout drawings and P&IDs
  • Knowledge of different pipework systems and techniques
  • Knowledge of chilled water/demineralised water system design.

Interview Criteria



  • Mechanical Engineering background with proven experience in designing/specifying water plant.


  • De-ionised water plant
  • Chilled water plant design
  • Material selection
  • Efficiency in plant design
  • Flow and pressure drop calculations
  • Heat exchanger design calculations
  • Generate plant layout drawings using Plant 3D version 2018 including P&ID generation
  • Control and instrumentation understanding
  • Experience of piping manufacturing and installation techniques
  • A good working knowledge of British and European standards.


  • AutoCAD skills using Plant 3D version 2018
  • MS Project, PowerPoint, Word and Excel
  • Good written and oral communication skills with staff at all levels
  • Strong self-motivation
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively, independently and as part of a team
  • Focused on delivering working, high quality solutions to meet project objectives.



  • HND or degree qualified or equivalent
  • Previous design experience within a similar sized facility
  • Project management of projects up to £150k in value (responsible for time/cost/scope control)
  • Experience for design and installation under CDM regulations
  • Experience of water cooling in ionising radiation environments.


  • additional plant design experience such as ventilation and compressed gases.

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.  

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The closing date for applications is 15th December 2019, however early applications are encouraged as applicants will be reviewed and considered on an on-going basis.

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