Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC253328
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £38318 - £47576
Date Posted 23 April 2020
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 31 May 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £38,318 - £47,576 per annum (dependent on skills and experience and inclusive of annual role-based allowance)
Grade: E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 31st May 2020



The ESS Design Group within the ISIS Design Division requires a Neutron Instrument Engineer to take responsibility for the design and delivery of one of the neutron instruments being delivered to the European Spallation Source in Sweden.

This large project will have a critical impact on the successful delivery of world class science. It requires the skills of an engineer who has a good deal of experience working in the neutron instrument environment, along with excellent practical knowledge of mechanical design and manufacturing techniques as well as an appreciation of the related technologies, such as neutron guide optics, detectors and advanced motion components.

You will be based within the ISIS Design Division offices at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities

Duties will include:

  • Full lifecycle engineering from concept to commissioning of the complete beamline
  • Production of mechanical designs and detailing using 2D and 3D CAD
  • Presentation of designs for peer and stakeholder review
  • Line management of ISIS Design Division staff
  • Managing contract design and detailing effort
  • Managing tendering, procurement and delivery of approved designs
  • Project management (including scheduling, setting and controlling budgets, planning, documentation and reporting)
  • Ensuring all engineering design and installation work is carried out safely and in accordance with STFC and ESS codes of practice
  • An understanding of EU directives
  • Travel to Sweden and to suppliers in support of the project.

Contacts and Communication

You will deal directly with the following internal stakeholders:

  • Fellow Design Division engineers (mechanical & electrical)
  • ISIS technology specialists – detectors, software, etc.
  • ISIS operations and installation staff
  • STFC procurement and contracts staff.

You will deal with the following external stakeholders:

  • ESS beamline scientists, engineers and technicians
  • Collaborative partners including seconded staff
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Contract design staff (internal and external)
  • External engineering consultancies.

Personal Skills and Attributes

  • Thorough understanding of fundamental principles of mechanical engineering
  • Organised approach to complex problems
  • Flair for innovation and design concepts
  • Advanced inter-personal skills, particularly in communication; negotiating; networking and team building; motivation and problem-solving
  • Project management skills
  • People management skills
  • Strong ability to think creatively, to seek and accept change and continuous improvement
  • Very high level of drive, enthusiasm and focus on the achievement of goals
  • Focused on delivering working, high quality solutions to meet the project objectives.

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.

The following criteria will be assessed through shortlisting (S), at Interview (I) or both (S&I)


  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering combined with post graduate work in high-tech, high-spec, design engineering or equivalent experience (S)
  • Proven experience in the design and engineering procurement environment within a scientific research facility with a focus on the appliance of functional mechanical engineering solutions to real world problems (S&I)
  • Proven knowledge and experience using a 3D modelling package (S)
  • Fully conversant with 2D drawings to BS 8888 and geometric tolerances (S&I)
  • Experience of applying EU directives and standards to ensure safety compliance, and developing design risk assessments (S&I)
  • Project management of projects (responsible for time/cost/specification control). (S)

Experience in producing one off practical engineering solutions to meet common mechanical and scientific specifications, including some or all of the following fields: (S&I)

  • Vacuum systems and vessels
  • Precision tolerance components and mechanisms
  • Neutron transport systems
  • Radiation shielding
  • Neutron detector systems
  • Kinematic support systems
  • One-off and industry standard lifting equipment.

Experience of precision and general manufacturing techniques and supply chains in some or all of the following areas: (S&I)

  • General and precision machining
  • General manual fabrication, brazing and automatic welding techniques
  • Material selection
  • Non-destructive testing and equipment acceptance and commissioning
  • Metrology and inspection
  • Assembly techniques
  • Supply contract management.
  • Willing to travel to Sweden, national and international suppliers in support of the project. (I)


  • Previous experience of design and procurement for a neutron beamline (S&I)
  • Experience of working with scientists to develop complex technical specifications (S&I)
  • Experience of working in diverse, complex, multinational projects (S&I)
  • Experience of Solid Edge 3D package (S)
  • Experience of design and installations in radiation environments (S&I)
  • Previous management of large projects >£2M (S)
  • Experience of line management of staff. (S&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.

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