Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC253204
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £38318 - £45576
Date Posted 10 March 2020
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 26 April 2020
Interview Date 15 May 2020

Brief Description

Salary: £38,318 - £45,576 (dependent on experience and inclusive of an annual allowance)
Grade: E
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 26th April 2020
Interview Date: 15th May 2020


At the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory we bring strategic leadership to UK investments in large national and international research facilities, together with delivering world class science and technology. We are part of a vibrant high technology campus within the Sci-Tech Daresbury Enterprise Zone. Where we want to grow the economy, by creating highly skilled jobs filled by attracting, developing and retaining the very best talent. Most of all, we want to keep the UK at the forefront of research and innovation by working in a vibrant collaborative research eco system.

Reasons our staff enjoy working for us:

  • Working on cutting edge national and international technology based projects, contributing to the greater understanding of and providing answers to the grand challenges we face in the world
  • We’re based at Sci-Tech Daresbury - a lively and dynamic campus bringing together SMEs and leading industry-academic collaborations located in a picturesque semi-rural location with easy access to canal-side and woodland walking
  • We are less than two miles from the M56 motorway with public transport links and access to Warrington and Runcorn national rail stations. Advice on all aspects of travel to site including car sharing is available at:
  • Personal development is important to us. You will work with your line manager to develop your own Learning and Development plan each year 
  • 30 days’ annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • Flexible working hours scheme
  • Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%)
  • There are a number of active sport and social groups across campus with access to an on-site gym for staff
  • We value collaborative working across STFC and with our external collaborators
  • Our offices are a mixture of open-plan and smaller, shared spaces
  • Diversity and inclusion are important to us. We have a corporate policy on Equality and Diversity which is supported by a Diversity Forum and implementation group.

For more information on the rest of our employee benefits, take a look at:

STFC is working with Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Illinois, USA to deliver Phase 2 of the Proton Improvement Plan (PIP-II). The overall aim of the PIP-II project is to deliver a high power proton beam (exceeding 1 MW). This will be used to generate a stream of neutrinos that will be studied in the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility/Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (LBNF/DUNE).

Within the US-led PIP-II project, the STFC will deliver three superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) cryomodules, each comprising six accelerating cavities made of niobium – a material that is has no electrical resistance at very low temperatures. The cryomodules will integrated into a new particle accelerator that Fermilab is constructing. By applying energy in the form of a high power radiofrequency (RF) signal, the cryomodules will provide large amounts of energy to a proton beam – providing an ‘exit speed’ from the machine that is close to the speed of light.

Fermilab is the Design Authority (DA) for the PIP-II project and, as such, the STFC will have to demonstrate that it has robust processes and suitably qualified people in place to deliver equipment in a controlled manner to Fermilab’s design intent.

You will work within STFC’s Mechanical, Metrology and Technical Engineering Group (MMTE), which is part of the Engineering Technology Centre (ETC) within the Technology Department at STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory. MMTE provides mechanical engineering expertise in the manufacture, build, installation and commissioning of complex experimental equipment, along with ongoing operational support and faultfinding on STFC Accelerators.

About the Role:

We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Quality Control Engineer, preferably from a Mechanical Engineering/Engineering background to develop and maintain QC documentation, procedures and inspection regimes to ensure the Cryomodules meet the required quality and acceptance criteria throughout their production including after transportation to the USA.

Based at the STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory site, the QC Engineer will directly support the UK’s contribution to the PIP-II project. Responsibilities will include leading the development of Quality Control management arrangements for procurement, manufacturing and testing of all equipment required in the construction of SRF cryomodules. It is expected that You will agree these management arrangements with Fermilab and with the STFC’s PIP-II project team – liaising closely with the UK team’s Quality Assurance Engineer.

Once developed, the QC Engineer will be responsible for ensuring compliance with the documented arrangements and reporting any deviation from process. You will be expected to provide leadership to the team charged with cryomodule assembly to ensure compliance with agreed processes - capturing lessons learnt to ensure continuous improvement.

You will collaborate with QA/QC Engineers from Fermilab and STFC to develop the procedures and documentation for successful delivery and reporting across the two institutes. You will also work with a UK industry consortium to develop QC procedures for the first demonstration of SRF cavity manufacture in the UK.

About You

You should have a very good understanding of Quality Control in engineering, quality management and technical procurement within an engineering environment. Also desirable is an in-depth knowledge in some specific areas of particle accelerator type technologies, such as cryogenics, vacuum engineering and cleanroom precision assembly (contamination control).

List of Duties or Work Programme

  • Develop and maintain QC documentation to monitor both supplier and internal team quality
  • Lead development of manufacturing procedures and inspection regimes, working closely with technical experts to meet QA framework requirements agreed with Fermilab
  • Implement and manage QC systems and provide formal reports on system performance against expectation
  • Attend international meetings with collaborators, including site visits and technical discussions
  • Chair QC meetings with technical leads and integration teams
  • Understand engineering drawings, specifications and standards
  • Lead assembly and integration work to ensure that agreed production standards are met and maintained throughout the project
  • Recommend continuous improvement plans to the assembly or production processes
  • Inspect products being produced at UK and/or International vendor premises to ensure compliance with design intent and formally report findings
  • Measure products with rulers, calipers, gauges, micrometers, plus CMMs, laser scanners and laser trackers
  • Initiate rectification plans for non-conforming items that fail to meet specifications
  • Report inspection and test data, present and discuss inspection results with technical leads responsible for products and communicate issues to QA team
  • Manage both internal staff and contract staff
  • Work to develop and enhance our ISO9001 quality system
  • Be a pro-active ‘hands on’ person, with good people management skills
  • Deliver quality control toolbox talks to project team members
  • After training, take responsibility for specific QC related permits to work, specific risk assessments and method statements as necessary
  • A very good working knowledge of Health & Safety management and key regulations
  • Use computerised systems for planning; communicating, purchasing, as well as input of employee related data for self and staff, such as time bookings, annual leave etc.

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 at either Shortlisting (S) Interview (I) or both (S&I).


  • Honours degree in a relevant engineering, technical or science discipline, or HNC/HND in relevant engineering, technical or science discipline with significant relevant experience or equivalent demonstrable sector experience (S&I)
  • Extensive experience in Quality Control in the field of scientific or technology delivery (S&I)
  • Extensive experience of working within ISO9001 quality system (S&I)
  • Ability to manage others and contractors, broad supervisory experience (S&I)
  • Ability to organise, plan and prioritise work with competing demands (S&I)
  • Experience overseeing the assembly, fabrication, construction, maintenance, or modification of equipment. (I)
  • Ability to fault-find and resolve technical problems (I)
  • Ability to work using own initiative and be proactive (I)
  • Good communication skills; to gain the required information from staff and collaborators (I)
  • Good knowledge of safety issues and current (I)
  • Working under minimal supervision (I)
  • Working knowledge of accelerator type technologies and instrumentation such as cryogenics, vacuum engineering and cleanroom precision assembly (contamination control) (I)
  • Computer skills: good working knowledge of MS Office products (Word, Access, Excel, Project etc.) (S&I)
  • Able to travel often at short notice to collaborator and contractor sites overseas. (I)


  • A formal qualification in Quality Control and/or membership of an appropriate institute (S)
  • Master’s Degree in a relevant Engineering/Project Management/Quality discipline (S)
  • Safety qualification e.g. IOSH Managing Safety, NEBOSH Certificate (S)
  • Project Management e.g. APMP or Prince 2 or demonstrable experience (S&I)
  • Working knowledge of accelerator technologies (I)
  • Project management skills & experience. (I)

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.

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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.

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