Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC252790
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £33782 - £37459
Date Posted 21 May 2020
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 21 June 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £33,782 - £37,459 (dependent on qualifications and experience and inclusive of role-based allowance)
Grade: D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 21st June 2020



  • The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) brings strategic leadership to UK investments in large national and international research facilities, together with delivering world-class science and technology. The Council is involved in some of the world’s most advanced facilities, such as ISIS
  • ISIS is a world-leading source of pulsed neutrons and muons located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, near Oxford.  The facility performs cutting edge research into the structure and properties of materials at an atomic and molecular level
  • A wide variety of electrical engineering systems are used across the ISIS facility.  These include single and three phase low voltage (LV) power distribution, high voltage (HV) power supplies, analog and digital signal and control, PLC and relay based alarm and control, radio-frequency power, vacuum control, multi-axis motion control, personnel protection and machine safety
  • There is now an opportunity for an experienced electrical design and project engineer specializing in the field of low voltage (LV) power distribution to join the ISIS Design Division
  • You will work closely with fellow engineers and scientists to provide bespoke and optimized LV electrical distribution systems meeting both BS7671:2018 Requirements for Electrical installations (18th edition wiring regulations) and safety requirements of the Electricity at Work regulations 1989.

About the role

  • As part of ISIS Design Division Electrical (IDDE) group, you will be responsible for the design, project management and delivery of BS7671:2018 compliant low voltage (LV) electrical supply and distribution systems for the ISIS facility
  • The scope of work will include provision of top level electrical engineering expertise, engineered solutions, design level upgrades and production of new electrical distribution equipment
  • Work packages need to adhere to structured project management techniques encompassing the full lifecycle i.e. concept, detail design, procurement, manufacture, installation, commissioning, operation and eventually decommissioning.

Key duties:

  • Full lifecycle, bespoke electrical power distribution solutions to BS7671:2018 standards
  • Production of associated technical design documentation using Amtech Pro software
  • Production of technical drawings using AutoCAD electrical
  • Presentation of engineering designs for peer and stakeholder review
  • Provision of top level electrical engineering design analysis and expertise to ISIS
  • Production of design risk assessments to maintain ALARP levels of facility safety
  • Production of budget estimates, project programs and documentation for future work packages
  • Management of tendering, procurement and delivery of approved designs
  • Direct Project Management of assigned projects and work packages
  • On site work to facilitate integration of new designs into existing site supply and distribution infrastructure.

Additional duties:

  • This role focusses on the LV electrical power distribution aspects of the IDDE work program.

However, with such a wide and diverse scope, all IDDE Engineers also have the opportunity to use their electrical design skills to contribute to existing and new projects in the following areas:

  • PLC and relay based control systems for vacuum, water, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • PLC and relay based personnel protection systems (PPS).


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.

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

Qualifications (S)


  • Degree or equivalent in an appropriate Electrical Engineering discipline
  • BS7671:2018 18th edition wiring regulations City & Guilds qualification.


  • HNC/HND or equivalent in an appropriate Electrical Engineering discipline, combined with significant and relevant experience of LV electrical power distribution design and project management
  • BS7671:2018 18th edition wiring regulations City & Guilds qualification.


  • IET member or associate member
  • Formal project management qualification
  • Formal safety qualification e.g. NEBOSH or IOSH

Knowledge and experience (S&I).


  • Demonstrable experience in BS7671 compliant electrical power distribution design
  • Knowledge of BS7671 compliant cabling and industry best practice electrical manufacturing and installation techniques
  • Proficient user of AutoCAD and associated technical document management systems
  • Fully conversant with electrical circuit diagrams and 2D drawings
  • Experience of working on technical projects within a project environment
  • Proven capability for producing budget estimates, project programs and documentation
  • A good working knowledge of British and European electrical design and safety standards such as the IEC 61439 and Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
  • Experience in producing high quality electrical design engineering solutions to meet demanding technical and scientific requirements.
  • Trained and proficient in the use of Amtech Pro Design software.


  • Knowledge of earthing regimes and EMI/RFI mitigation design measures
  • Previous design and installation experience within a scientific facility
  • Project management skills, responsible for time, cost and specification control
  • Experience of designing for radiation environments
  • Experience of designing for high voltage environments
  • Experience in design risk assessments and installation method statements
  • Experience of design and installations under CDM regulations

Personal attributes (S&I)


  • Good written and oral communication skills with staff at all levels
  • Systematic, methodical and organised approach to work
  • Strong self-motivation and good teamwork skills
  • Focus on delivering working, high quality solutions that meet required specifications.


  • Able to make infrequent and short overseas and UK visits as part of work and training
  • Experienced in managing teams of design engineers, technicians and contractors.

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.

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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The closing date for applications is 21st June 2020, however early applications are encouraged as applicants will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis.

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