Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC253274
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £24777 - £26932
Date Posted 13 March 2020
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 24 April 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £24,777 to £26,932 (Pro-rata for Part Time)
Grade: C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time/Part time would be considered (minimum 3 days per week, 22.5 hours).
Closing Date: 24th April 2020

The Vacuum Solutions Group at the National Laboratory at Daresbury, Warrington are looking to recruit a vacuum process worker to be part of the team cleaning components to a high vacuum specification for particle accelerators to enable world leading science.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

We are looking for a vacuum process technician to work within our processing facility to carry out reliable and reproducible cleaning of components. To achieve the demanding specifications required in a particle accelerator it is crucial that the vessels and components are cleaned to a high standard. It will be your role to carry out the stringent cleaning process to meet these specifications. The role will require attention to detail, being able to repeat processes to a very high standard and meticulous recording of data as part of an ISO9001:2015 Quality Management System.


  • Work as part of a team of vacuum technicians, vacuum engineers and vacuum scientists
  • Work safely and enforce established safety measures in the labs on a day-to-day basis
  • Work within and contribute to the ISO9001 quality system
  • Inspection of vacuum components
  • Processing of vacuum components through a multistage processing system that includes some large cleaning tanks and high tech instrumentation
  • Repeatedly follow described cleaning processes of various tasks without deviation
  • Operation and maintenance of vacuum and leak detection equipment building and repairing complex vacuum instrumentation and control systems
  • Perform mechanical installation, assembly, testing and commissioning of vacuum systems operation of plant and machinery as well as high-tech instruments and vacuum equipment
  • Using computerised systems for data collection, recording and analysis.

Organisation Background

At the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) you belong to a community of experts who are driving science and technology forward. Our incredible diversity of research, technology and engineering projects truly fire the imagination and lead to real-world solutions which shape societies and transform lives. 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. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, technology and Engineering.

STFC’s Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) undertakes particle accelerator research for current and future ‘Big Science’ facilities. We work on numerous high-profile projects with national and international partners, including CERN and the European Spallation Source.

The vacuum solutions group within ASTeC is a small multidisciplinary team of experts focused on delivering a wide range of projects. The main function of the team is to deliver vacuum system design and build for particle accelerator projects and to carry out the necessary research & development associated with delivering world class facilities. This includes supporting of component preparation for projects such as the Compact Linear Accelerator for Research and Applications (CLARA), the European Spallation Source (ESS), the High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider(HL-LHC) upgrade and Fermilab’s Proton Improvement Plan II (PIP II).

The Vacuum Solutions Group provides vacuum engineering expertise in the manufacture, cleaning, heat treatment, Residual Gas Analysis, leak testing and commissioning of complex experimental equipment. It also provides ongoing operational support and fault finding for particle accelerators and within work packages for other departments and scientific facilities. Vacuum engineering is a fundamental part of accelerator build & operation, the vacuum support laboratory within the Engineering Technology Centre (ETC), provides complete vacuum processing capabilities and is complemented by low particulate clean rooms within the Daresbury ETC.

The role of vacuum process technician forms a key part of the groups work to deliver national and international projects. This opportunity to join the Vacuum Solutions Group will enable you to be an important part of world leading technology development and delivery, enabling society enhancement and progression putting the UK at the forefront of world leading science.

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.

Knowledge and Experience


  • GCSE with at least C in Science and Maths or equivalent (S)
  • Evidence of practical aptitude, ability to do ‘hands on’ tasks (S&I)
  • Computer skills: good working knowledge of MS Office products (Word, Access, Excel, Project etc.) (S&I)
  • Apprenticeship or ONC/OND/HNC or A level in Science or Engineering or equivalent work experience (S)
  • Knowledge and experience of some or all of the following:- analytical systems; scientific instruments; data collection and analysts (S&I)
  • Experience in planning and scheduling tasks/activities (S&I)
  • Some experience in operating mechanical equipment. (S&I)


  • Experience in working in ISO 9001 Quality system (S&I)
  • Experience in working in a process industry (S&I)
  • Training/Experience in vacuum technology (S&I)
  • Training/Experience in mechanical and/or electrical electronic assembly (S&I)
  • Good awareness of safety issues and demonstration of safe working (I)
  • Experience in solving complex technical problems. (I)

Personal Skills and Qualities


  • Ability to and experience of systematically following processes, work instructions or standard operating procedures without deviation (S&I)
  • Good communication skills and team working capabilities (I)
  • Proactive approach in maintenance and day to day housekeeping (S&I)
  • High level of drive, enthusiasm and focus on achieving goals (S&I)
  • Ability to work using own initiative, be proactive with a determination to learn new skills both technical and non-technical (I)
  • Ability to fault-find and resolve technical problems (S&I)
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team (S&I)
  • Ability to prioritise work with competing demands working under minimum supervision. (I)

Special requirements

  • Willingness to work flexible hours. (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.

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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