Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC252128
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £39000
Date Posted 09 January 2020
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 26 January 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: circa £39,000
Grade: E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 26th January 2020


About us

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.

STFC’s ISIS Neutron and Muon Facility is a leading centre of material science excellence. The facility performs cutting edge research into the structure and properties of materials at an atomic and molecular level. It is the most productive research centre of its type in the world. Each year we welcome around 2000 visiting scientists who complete over 600 experiments.

We operate large scientific experiments approximately the size of a house called either a neutron or muon beamline. Each one of these beamlines guide either neutrons or muons to a sample position for the purposes of scientific investigation and experiments.

About the role

The Experimental Operations Division has a vacancy for a technical manager to provide operational support to the neutron and muon instruments. With a creative flair and an enthusiastic and energetic approach, you will also be responsible for the delivery of upgrades to the ISIS instrument suite.

The role requires strong leadership capability, effective time management, and prioritisation and delegation skills. You will manage a team of seven mechanical technicians. Your team’s role is to maintain operability of key systems on the beamlines as well as ensure good co-ordination and communication of conventional building, supporting the experimental areas. In addition to this you will be expected to take on installation management of larger high profile installation projects where the work will be carried out by a mixture of your own technical staff working with engineers and technicians of different disciplines, from across the organisation.

You will also require a good understanding of Health and Safety (H&S) legislation and practice, and be able to use this knowledge in the work place in practical way. You must inspire, motivate, support and coach your teams, applying best practice and a continuous improvement philosophy as well as introducing new concepts and innovations.

H&S is an important aspect of the role. As well as ensuring that the team work to current H&S legislation and adhere to the organisation safety policies, you will be expected to be able to prepare risk assessments and method statements and assist other team members with their preparation. You will also be trained to be a Radiation Protection Supervisor and will be expected to help prepare documents such as local rules and procedures for staff to follow.

Duties will include:

  • Managing a team of seven technicians
  • Manage H&S in the work place for your team and others
  • Manage interactions between different departments and disciplines within the ISIS facility including mechanical and electrical engineering, health physics, science (scientists, users) and technicians
  • Maintain oversight of shutdown management
  • Manage and organise technical effort to trouble shoot failures on neutron and muon beamlines
  • Project management (including scheduling, budgets, planning and reporting)
  • Manage both in-house staff and external technical effort
  • Assist your group with tendering, procurement of equipment and contracted out work.

About You

  • You will have a formal scientific or engineering qualification to degree level or demonstrated expertise to a similar level and relevant experience
  • High quality communication, interpersonal and influencing skills are essential for your interactions with STFC staff at all levels. In your role, you will need to provide a thorough practical understanding of scientific requirements and use that knowledge to guide engineers and technical staff in delivering and operating reliable,robust and practicable instrumentation
  • You will need to be able to develop the expertise that enables you to not only understand day-to-day operational demands, but also to apply operational strategies in a constantly changing leading edge scientific facility.

You should also demonstrate:

  • A background in research and development, engineering or operations within high technology organisations or national scientific laboratories, where you have development a good practical understanding of construction, engineering and operations
  • Good communication with a broad spectrum of people from different backgrounds and disciplines
  • A track record of coordinating a number of different technical and engineering disciplines across a broad range of tasks to achieve overall project goals
  • Project management either as an individual, or by managing the work of others to deliver a tangible asset
  • Experience in producing solutions to meet common mechanical and scientific needs
  • Keen interest in science and engineering
  • Experience of people management
  • Practical knowledge and application of health and safety with a NEBOSH general certificate or similar being highly desirable
  • Previous experience of working with ionising radiation is also desirable.


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


  • Scientific or Engineering degree or demonstrated expertise and experience to a similar level
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to learn and develop in role
  • Appropriate background (construction, engineering and operations in a high technology or lab environment)
  • Co-ordination of technical and engineering projects
  • Experience in producing solutions to meet common mechanical and scientific needs
  • Keen interest in science and engineering
  • Experience of people management
  • Practical knowledge and application of health and safety with a NEBOSH general certificate or similar being highly desirable
  • Previous experience of working with ionising radiation is also desirable.

Interview Criteria


  • Personal qualities and communication
  • Technical knowledge and experience relating to role
  • Qualification
  • Accuracy
  • Awareness.

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 aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit 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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