Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC239642
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £18661 - £19238
Date Posted 10 January 2017
Grade RC-B
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 31 January 2017
Interview Date

Salary: £18,661 to £19,238 (dependent upon qualifications and experience)
Grade: RC-B
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 31st January 2017
Interview Date: TBC

ISIS is the world’s most productive spallation neutron source — providing beams of neutrons and muons to enable scientists to study the structure and properties of matter for the benefit of science and engineering in the UK and abroad.

We are currently looking to recruit a lab support assistant to work in the Experimental Operations Division as part of the Instrument Operations Group and Lab Support Group.

In this role you will be required to help maintain our laboratories to a high standard – for example washing glassware and general tidying and cleaning of lab space. You would also be expected to stock take and replenish lab items when required. Collect and deliver valuable technical equipment to and from other institutes using STFC lab vehicles when needed. Collect deliveries from our central stores and distribute parcels to the relevant team members on a daily basis. Calibrate and maintain scientific equipment such as pH meters and balances. Interact and guide service agents visiting site to carry out maintenance on specific lab equipment. In addition carry out daily checks on services to the labs such as checking and replacing cylinders of suppled gas.

Training will be provided where required.

For an informal discussion about the posts, contact

Shortlisting Criteria


  • C grade at GCSE in English (or equivalent)
  • 4 other GCSE’s (or equivalent)
  • clean  UK driving license
  • have worked in a laboratory setting or Engineering environment
  • awareness of Health and Safety good working practice in a lab/workshop environment.


  • C grade at GCSE in a Science subject

Interview Criteria


  • good attention to detail
  • good communication skills
  • highly motivated and able to work well as part of a team
  • willingness to learn new skills and techniques
  • able to work to deadlines
  • have worked in a laboratory setting or Engineering environment
  • awareness of Health and Safety good working practice in a lab/workshop environment.


  • able to interact with Lab users
  • demonstrate customer focus
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:

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 31st January 2017. The interview/assessment date for this vacancy is TBC and will be held at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Campus, Didcot.

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.