Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC234809
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £24029 - £25294
Date Posted 11 October 2016
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 31 March 2017
Interview Date

Salary: £24,029 - £25,294 (plus Recruitment Retention Allowance of £1,200)
Grade: RC-C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 31 March 2017

The Science and Technology Facilities Council brings strategic leadership to UK investments in large national and international research facilities, together with delivering world class science and technology. The Council operates some of the world’s most advanced facilities, such as ISIS.

ISIS is a source of pulsed neutrons and muons located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, near Oxford. The facility performs cutting-edge research into structure and properties of materials at an atomic and molecular level.

A vacancy exists for a Mechanical Support Technician in the ISIS Mechanical Engineering Section, which is part of the ISIS Accelerator Division.  You would be based in the main workshop and also work in all areas of the ISIS accelerator and extraction beam-lines.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities:
You will report to the Mechanical Section Leader within the Accelerator Engineering Group, and will be expected to undertake the following duties:
• To produce high quality machining work (including turning and milling) to close tolerances working to sketches, engineering drawings and verbal instructions as appropriate and to produce appropriate jigs and fittings as necessary
• To be responsible for a given area of work associated with the build, assembly, modification and installation of new projects connected with the ISIS accelerator
• To be responsible for initiating the repair and maintenance of a wide range of installed components for a given area of the injector, synchrotron and EPB. These to include a wide and diverse range of magnets, diagnostic monitors, UHV and RF systems.
• To be responsible, for given areas of work, for the work of others including apprentices and contractors and be able to develop appropriate work plans and to manage financial resources.
• To be responsible for establishing and maintaining safe and efficient working arrangements for you and for all staff working under your control with particular reference to work in radiation controlled areas

Contacts and Communication:
You will have:
• The ability to communicate effectively with all colleagues throughout ISIS Accelerator Division
• Good writing skills/record-keeping and PC literacy e.g. Windows/Office/CAD

Personal Skills and Attributes:
You should have experience in:
• Recognised formal training, e.g. a full apprenticeship, which may include full time study
• You must possess experience of producing high quality machined and assembled components, ideally working in a large-scale scientific or engineering environment
• The use of initiative and a flexible and innovative approach to problem solving is required
• Excellent interpersonal and team working skills are essential together with the ability to communicate effectively on technical issues with staff and facility users at all levels
• Experience of leading the work of others, including contractors and apprentices, would be useful
• A sound understanding of mechanical engineering workshop practice and of appropriate workshop safety procedures and their correct application is required
• You should also be computer literate and be able to demonstrate use of Microsoft office software products.

Any other Relevant Information:
You will be expected to:
• Be willing to enter radiologically designated areas
• Be willing to participate in/assist in out-of-hours breakdowns
• In the interests of keeping ISIS fully operational, willingness to resolve faults and problems during silent hours would be a distinct advantage

Shortlisting Criteria
• Mechanical engineering apprenticeship (or equivalent experience)
• High level of skill/experience as a machinist and mechanical fitting

• ONC in mechanical engineering or equivalent (or equivalent experience).
• Experience of CNC Tooling and programming

Interview Criteria
• High level of skill/experience as a machinist and mechanical fitting
• Working knowledge of safety issues and current H&S legislation
• Work on own initiative, be proactive and take responsibility for task completion
• Ability to fault-find and resolve technical problems
• Self-motivated, able to act on your own initiative, and able to interact well with others
• Good communication skills
• You must be fit and mobile, willing to carry out mechanical practical work and be able to work in restricted spaces and handle awkwardly shaped components
• Will be required to work in radiation areas
• May be required to work outside ‘normal’ hours as work-load dictates

• Computer skills/working knowledge of MS Office products
• Working knowledge of ionizing radiation safety regulations
• Experience of working in industrial or Large Scale Facilities
• Experience of CNC Tooling and programming

In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers page

The closing date for applications is 31 March 2017. However, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date. The interview/assessment date for this vacancy is to be confirmed and will be held at STFC RAL.

We want to make our application process as easy for you as we possibly can. If you experience any problems in applying for this job, or have any feedback for us about the application process, please contact our Recruitment Hotline on 01793 867000 (8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday). Please quote the appropriate IRC reference number when calling.

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. You can check your eligibility here: