Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC241189
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £33000 - £50000
Date Posted 11 May 2017
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 25 June 2017
Interview Date

Salary: £33,000 - £39,500 (Engineer), £39,500 - £50,000 (Senior Engineer) - dependent upon qualifications and experience and inclusive of annual allowance
Grade: RC-D or RC-E (dependent upon experience)
Dependent on skills and experience relevant to the role appointment will be made at band D or E
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time or Part Time
Closing Date: 25th June 2017 

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. Through combining world-class facilities with major international collaborations, and some of the world’s most talented staff, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and engineering.

STFC’s ISIS facility is a world-leading source of pulsed neutrons and muons. The facility performs cutting edge research into the structure and properties of materials at an atomic and molecular level.

About The Role

We now have exciting new opportunities for Mechanical Development Engineers to join the ISIS Design Division, working closely with fellow engineers and scientists to specify, design, procure and develop bespoke mechanical and electrical equipment and complex systems for the facility.

Our engineers are responsible for taking top level development ideas and managing the complete development process through engineering concept, design, procurement, installation/commissioning, testing and final reporting.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • carrying out engineering calculations and simulations to ensure the development brief is met
  • preparing work instructions for staff carrying out development and test programmes
  • managing tendering, procurement and delivery of approved designs, equipment and services
  • presenting reports on designs and test programmes for peer and stakeholder review
  • managing multi-disciplinary staff carrying out programmes of development and testing.

You will be appointed at either Band D (Engineer) or Band E (Senior Engineer) of STFC’s staffing hierarchy, depending on the strength of your skills, experience and qualifications.

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  • HNC or HND, or equivalent, in mechanical engineering along with considerable experience.


  • degree level, or equivalent, in mechanical engineering along with extensive experience
  • chartered engineer.

Knowledge and Experience


  • experience in a mechanical design environment, developing, designing, procuring, testing and reporting on the development of technically challenging engineering equipment
  • have a good understanding of fundamental mechanical engineering principles, such as:
    • materials
    • stress/strain
    • fluid mechanics
    • heat transfer
  • experienced in performing engineering calculations and simulations to ensure that a development brief is met
  • experience of developing and carrying out test programmes to prove new designs
  • experience of the operation and generation of safe systems of work.


  • experience of managing and directing staff engaged on development projects
  • previous experience of development within a highly complex technical environment
  • experienced in using a 3D modelling package with an understanding of 2D drawings to BS8888
  • experience of FEA / Computer simulations
  • knowledge and experience of project management techniques
  • experience of Solid Edge 3D package and/or Team Centre drawing database
  • knowledge of safety related issues and procedures
  • a broad understanding of other engineering disciplines (civil, electrical etc.)
  • experience in financial planning/budget control
  • previous experience in an area of responsibility, with a decision making capacity.

Personal Skills and Attributes


  • good written and oral communication skills with staff at all levels
  • good organised approach to work
  • strong self-motivation and good teamwork skills
  • innovative and inquisitive with a desire to gain skills in a broad range of areas
  • must be able to use a computer workstation and VDU for a large proportion of the day. 

Special Requirements

You will, on occasion, be required to access controlled radiation areas, and may be expected to gain Classified Radiation Worker status. Some UK and possibly international travel may be necessary. The role also necessitates the use of a computer workstation and VDU for a large proportion of the working day.

An exceptional pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexible working are offered, as well as an onsite nursery, subsidised restaurant, gym and sports facilities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages


Online applications only, applicants must submit a covering letter outlining their suitability and a CV.

The closing date for the vacancy is 25th June 2017, however, candidates will be reviewed and interviewed on an on-going basis.

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 Team on 01793 867000 (8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday). Please quote the appropriate IRC reference number when calling.