STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC239620
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £29900 - £40014
Date Posted 10 January 2017
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 17 February 2017
Interview Date



Salary: £29,900 - £31,808 (Band D), £37,213 - £40,014 (Band E)
Grade:  Band D/E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 17th February 2017
Interview Date:  6th March 2017

Background

Required for the Science and Technology Facilities Council, Daresbury Laboratory in the Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC). ASTeC’s role is to carry out feasibility and design studies in new accelerator projects and to undertake accelerator Research and Development. This vacancy is in the Radio Frequency (RF) and Cryogenics group which designs, builds, develops and supports advanced RF systems for high-energy particle accelerators.

At present the RF and Cryogenic Group is contributing to a number of accelerator based projects, which include; the design, installation and commissioning of RF systems needed for the Compact Linear Accelerator for Research Applications (CLARA), the Versatile Electron Linear Accelerator (VELA) and Compact Linac facilities currently being developed and implemented at Daresbury Laboratory. The group is also developing superconducting RF (SRF) technology solutions and is working with CERN for the innovative design of a new cavity cryomodule for the High Luminosity program on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).  Additionally the group is developing the capabilities of digital low level RF control systems needed for future accelerators.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities

You will be responsible for managing the design, development, procurement, commissioning and operation of high power RF components and systems for a variety of accelerator projects, such as VELA, CLARA and the Compact Linac. You will also be expected to work closely with the technology design team and external contractors to ensure project timescales are met. Additionally you will be responsible for developing RF capabilities of UK industry to enhance novel technology and processes related to the field of RF accelerator science. As well as these technical duties ypu will also be responsible for health and safety within this area of work.                                                                                                                                                   

Contacts and Communication

On a technical level you will be expected to communicate across of the various accelerator and technology disciplines within ASTeC (Accelerator Physics, Magnets, Vacuum Science and Laser & Diagnostics) as well as with the mechanical/electrical design teams within the Technology Department at Daresbury Laboratory. Additionally, you will be expected to liaise with your peers across the accelerator community. At a management level the role will involve communication at all levels within ASTeC and the Technology Department, from engineer and scientists to managers and directors.

The role will also involve significant contact with external academic and industrial collaborators and you should be able to demonstrate the ability to discuss technical requirements and ensure delivery timescales are met for RF equipment being designed or procured.

Personal Skills and Attributes

You must be highly motivated engineers or scientists and must be qualified to degree level or equivalent in a relevant science or engineering subject, having experience with RF technologies (extensive experience for the band E position) and ideally have an interest in RF aspects of accelerators. You must also have the ability to supervise and manage technical project staff in the design, manufacturing, testing and commissioning of RF systems and have the necessary project management expertise to deliver medium to large scale projects. 

Any other Relevant Information

The role will involve occasional travel within the UK and abroad so the candidate must be prepared to travel and must also have a full UK driving license.

Shortlisting Criteria

Qualifications

Essential:

  • BEng/BSc in Electrical, Electronics, RF Engineering, or relevant Science degree

Desirable:

  • MEng in Electrical, Electronics or RF Engineering
  • PhD in an RF relevant field
  • Chartered status.

Knowledge and Experience

Essential:

  • demonstrate a record of achievement in RF system design. (Band D – Desirable)
  • proven troubleshooting experience of high power RF systems
  • have analytical and technical abilities fulfilling the requirements for the job
  • staff management experience of a small team. (Band D – Desirable)
  • project management experience in delivering small to medium (up to £1M) sized RF projects. (Band D – Desirable)
  • ability to provide creative ideas and cost effective solutions to challenging design problems
  • RF EM modeling experience
  • extensive experience on a PC including the following applications; MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS project and MathCad or equivalents
  • experience of managing resources 
  • experience of writing technical papers and progress reporting 
  • proven health and safety management experience

Desirable:

  • relevant accelerator experience
  • high power RF device design experience
  • superconducting RF system experience
  • RF control experience.

Personal Skills and Qualities

  • demonstrate ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • demonstrated leadership skills. (Band D – Desirable)
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • self-motivated
  • willingness to contribute to published reports
  • flexible to adapt to new work challenges
  • ability to work effectively with minimum supervision
  • ability to prepare and present seminars and address meetings on current work
  • prepared to travel both within the UK and abroad
  • willingness to work flexible hours and occasional shifts.


Interview Criteria

Knowledge & Experience

Essential:

  • demonstrate a record of achievement in RF system design. (Band D – Desirable)
  • proven troubleshooting experience of high power RF systems
  • have analytical and technical abilities fulfilling the requirements for the job
  • staff management experience of a small team. (Band D – Desirable)
  • project management experience in delivering small to medium (up to £1M) sized RF projects. (Band D – Desirable)
  • ability to provide creative ideas and cost effective solutions to challenging design problems
  • RF EM modeling experience
  • extensive experience on a PC including the following applications; MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS project and MathCad or equivalents
  • experience of managing resources 
  • experience of writing technical papers and progress reporting 
  • proven health and safety management experience.

Desirable:

  •  relevant accelerator experience
  • high power RF device design experience
  • superconducting RF system experience
  • RF control experience.

Personal Skills & Qualities

  • demonstrate ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • demonstrated leadership skills. (Band D – Desirable)
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • self-motivated
  • willingness to contribute to published reports
  • flexible to adapt to new work challenges
  • ability to work effectively with minimum supervision
  • ability to prepare and present seminars and address meetings on current work
  • prepared to travel both within the UK and abroad
  • willingness to work flexible hours and occasional shifts.
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 pages.

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: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV, ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. No Agencies.

The closing date for applications is 17th February 2017. The interview/assessment date for this vacancy is 6th March 2017 and will be held at Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington.

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