Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC253160
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £83586 - £83586
Date Posted 09 March 2020
Grade RC-X
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 11 April 2020
Interview Date 04 May 2020

Brief Description

Salary: £83,586
Grade: X
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 11th April 2020
Interview Date: 4th May 2020


The STFC Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) is a national centre of excellence for particle accelerator R&D. Accelerators is one of STFC’s key technologies underpinning future scientific research. ASTeC works with national facilities (ISIS neutron and muon source, Diamond Light Source and Central Laser Facility) and international partners (for example, CERN and the European Spallation Source), to meet UK and STFC strategic objectives in delivering future facilities, in the UK and internationally.  ASTeC is focused around the key accelerator skills and capabilities required to support these developments to exploit these to support broader societal and industrial challenges to the benefit of the UK.

The role has the following duties/responsibilities:

  • Develop and oversee a comprehensive and ambitious long-term strategy and vision for the Centre, exploiting synergies across STFC’s National Laboratories
  • Operation and evolution of the Accelerator Technology Centre, which currently studies all aspects of the science and technology of charged particle accelerators, ranging from large scale international and national research facilities through to specialised industrial and medical applications
  • Deliver  a world-class accelerator R&D programme to underpin the strategic development of future (STFC) accelerator based facilities
  • Strengthen strategic partnerships with key national and international organisations (particularly Universities and international laboratories). In particular, maintaining and developing the successful relationship with the Cockcroft Institute at Daresbury
  • Use the standing, reputation and involvement of ASTeC to enable and enhance international influence over scientific and investment decisions
  • Provide inspirational leadership of ASTeC, including sound financial, safety, risk and project management of the Centre and its associated programmes
  • Ensure that objectives and outputs of ASTeC make a tangible contribution to the STFC delivery plan
  • Contribute fully to the successful operation of STFC’s National Laboratories through close collaboration with other STFC Directors, and by taking an active role in Laboratory
  • Operations Board, recruitment and retention of skills and talent, ED&I and Wellbeing
  • Working closely with the Business and Innovation Directorate, strengthen collaborative working between academic and commercial partners at the laboratories and broader Campuses.

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.


  • Honours degree in an appropriate engineering or scientific subject
  • Proven track record of leading a large engineering or scientific team
  • Broad expertise of accelerator science principles and technologies
  • Recognised national leader in a particular field of accelerator technology/science
  • Excellent communication skills - ability to build rapport with and influence people at all levels
  • Excellent presentation skills - ability to inspire others, communicate vision and present information and ideas effectively to a wide audience
  • Leadership and vision to operate in an environment requiring both agility and a long term strategic approach
  • Ability to implement change and continuously improve the capabilities and performance of the Department
  • Team player-ability to contribute as a member of Operations Board
  • Sound problem solving skills
  • Good political judgement
  • High levels of motivation
  • Travel to other STFC sites and overseas.


  • Proven ability to deliver a world-leading accelerator R&D programme
  • Track record of delivering large scale accelerator projects to time, cost and quality
  • Knowledge of EU research initiatives, UK Universities, Research Councils and their funding mechanisms.
  • Experience of government gateway or bid processes
  • Higher degree
  • Senior Membership of a professional Institution ( FREng, F InstP, FIET)
  • Visiting professorship or equivalent  track record of HEI collaborative partnerships.

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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