Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC254323
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £38969 - £48300
Date Posted 17 July 2020
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 16 August 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £38,969 - £48,300 (dependent on skills and experience and inclusive of annual role-based allowance)
Grade: E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 16th August 2020

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe's largest multi-disciplinary research organisations. ISIS Neutron and Muon Source is based at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire and is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. It is owned and operated by the STFC. 

Through the use of a proton accelerator and a high power target facility, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source produces beams of neutrons and muons that allow scientists to study materials at the atomic level using a suite of instruments, often described as ‘super-microscopes’. It supports a national and international community of more than 2000 scientists who use neutrons and muons for research in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering, and biology. 

Working at the forefront of scientific endeavour isn’t possible without a dedicated team of engineers able to turn abstract scientific ideas into reality. At the ISIS facility each problem requires a unique solution, taking advantage of the latest technologies to deliver the seemingly impossible. Our engineers have the freedom to choose their own solution and the responsibility to take it to completion.

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) an organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

About the role

The ISIS Sample Environment Design team has an immediate requirement for an experienced engineer with specialist knowledge in cryogenic, pressure and high temperature systems to manage the design, development and procurement of its sample environment systems. These systems typically include: high pressure cells, cryogenic vessels; mechatronic systems; vacuum systems, helium fridges, amongst many other novel requests.

Sample environment is a key element in supporting the user community carrying out scientific studies at the ISIS facility and there is an active programme of development of these systems as part of a wider facility growth.

Your duties will include:

  • Managing the design, development and procurement of complex systems
  • Designing cryogenic/pressure/vacuum/high temperature systems from first principles
  • Carrying out appropriate analysis of the systems
  • Leading programmes of development and testing
  • Presentation of designs for peer and stakeholder review
  • Line management of ISIS Design Division staff and contractors
  • Managing tendering, procurement and delivery of approved designs
  • Project management (including scheduling, setting and controlling budgets, planning, documentation and reporting)
  • Ensuring all engineering design work is carried out safely and in accordance with required codes of practice
  • Production of technical reports and safety assessments.

Contacts and Communication

You will deal directly with the following internal ISIS and STFC stakeholders:

  • Design Division engineers (mechanical & electrical)
  • Technology specialists – cryogenics, neutronics, controls and science
  • Operations and installation staff
  • Procurement and contracts staff
  • Safety staff.

You will deal with the following external stakeholders:

  • Manufacturing companies and suppliers
  • National and international collaborators in related fields at other institutions or universities
  • External engineering design consultancies.

Personal Skills and Attributes

  • Thorough understanding of fundamental principles of mechanical engineering
  • Proven experience in the design, procurement and delivery of complex systems
  • Organised approach to solving 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 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 or equivalent in a mechanical engineering based subject (S&I)
  • Experience in the design, procurement and commissioning of complex equipment and systems (S&I)
  • Proven ability to analyse and design systems from first principles (I)
  • Comprehensive understanding of materials and manufacturing (I)
  • Comprehensive understanding of the operation one or more of cryogenic/pressure/high temperature/vacuum equipment and systems (I)
  • Comprehensive understanding of safety requirements and regulations employed in the design, commissioning and operation of cryogenic/pressure/high temperature/vacuum equipment and systems (I)
  • Experienced in managing multi-disciplinary teams in the design, procurement and commissioning of cryogenic systems (S&I)
  • Comprehensive experience in the procurement of complex high value cryogenic systems from external suppliers (S&I)
  • Experienced in the project management processes required to deliver high value complex projects. (S&I)


  • Experienced use of analysis tools such as FEA (S&I)
  • Experience of operating complex equipment and systems in a scientific research field (S&I)
  • Experienced in line managing staff (S&I)
  • Experienced in the use of 2D and 3D CAD and the production of engineering drawings (S&I)
  • Knowledge of equipment and systems used in neutron science facilities. (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.

The closing date for applications is 16th August 2020, however applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis.

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