Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC241190
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £39500 - £50000
Date Posted 11 May 2017
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 25 June 2017
Interview Date

Salary: £39,500 - £50,000 - 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.

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 Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) ISIS facility, a leading particle accelerator used to carry out research in the physical and life sciences, 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.
There are currently several opportunities for Mechanical Project Engineers to join the ISIS Design Division on a full time or part time basis, working closely with fellow engineers and scientists; specifying, designing, procuring and developing bespoke mechanical and electrical equipment and complex systems for the facility.

The Role:

Working within one of the groups of engineers that make up the ISIS Design Division, you will be responsible for delivering engineering solutions for scientific requirements within a project environment.

Duties will include:

  • full lifecycle engineering from concept to commissioning of one off components and larger, complex systems
  • coordinating the activities of various different technical disciplines to achieve the required end goal
  • project management (including scheduling, budgets, planning and reporting)
  • production of mechanical designs and detailed drawings using 2D and 3D CAD, either as an individual, or by managing the work of others
  • presentation of designs for peer and stakeholder review
  • managing both internal staff and external contract design and detailing effort
  • managing tendering, procurement and delivery of approved designs
  • ensuring all engineering design and installation work is carried out safely and in accordance with STFC codes of practice.

Contacts and Communication:

You must have excellent communication skills and will deal directly with the following stakeholders:

  • fellow Design Division Engineers (Mechanical & Electrical)
  • Accelerator Physicists and Neutron Scientists
  • operations and installation staff
  • procurement and contracts staff
  • other specialist groups such as Safety, Civil Engineering, Building Services etc.
  • manufacturing companies
  • contract design staff (internally and externally located)
  • external engineering consultancies
  • other similar national laboratories.

Personal Skills and Attributes:

  • advanced inter-personal skills, particularly in communication; negotiating; networking and team building; motivation and problem-solving
  • proven people management skills
  • very high level of drive, enthusiasm and focus on the achievement of goals
  • focused on delivering working, high quality solutions to meet the project objectives
  • organised approach to complex problems
  • strong ability to think creatively, to seek and accept change and continuous improvement.

Applicants will be reviewed and interviewed on an on-going basis.

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  • HND in Mechanical Engineering related subject.


  • degree level or higher in Mechanical Engineering related subject Project Management qualification from a recognized body such as the Association for Project Management.

Knowledge and Experience


  • proven experience in the design and engineering procurement environment with a focus on the appliance of functional mechanical engineering solutions to real world problems
  • a good level of understanding of Project Management techniques and best practices, and experience of working within a project environment a track record of coordinating a number of different technical disciplines across a broad range of tasks to achieve overall project goals
  • proven knowledge and experience using a3D modelling package, fully conversant with 2D drawings to BS 8888 and geometric tolerances
  • experience in producing one off practical engineering solutions to meet common mechanical and scientific specifications, including some or all of the following fields:
    • ultra-high vacuum systems and vessels/pressure systems
    • precision tolerance components and mechanisms
    • electromagnetic components/RF Systems
    • neutron instruments/detector systems
    • kinematic supports/lifting equipment
    • motion control systems/mechatronic devices
  • experience of precision and general manufacturing techniques and supply chains in some or all of the following areas:
    • general and precision machining general manual fabrication, brazing and automatic welding techniques
    • material selection
    • non destructive testing and equipment acceptance and commissioning
    • metrology and inspection
    • assembly techniques
    • contract management.


  • significant experience of people management either as a task manager or in a line management role
  • experience in the role of project manager
  • responsible for the delivery of mechanical systems within a set timescale and budget and to an agreed specification
  • past history of working at a strategic level and having a responsibility for a significant activity, setting the direction of work; prioritizing tasks; planning schedules; and controlling resources
  • highly developed people skills, especially in communicating with a wide range of stakeholders working within multidisciplinary teams; and motivating others
  • a background in mechanical engineering for high technology organizations or national scientific laboratories
  • ability to design very complex mechanical systems, or components with complicated geometry, quickly and efficiently and that are both functional and
  • reliable immediately after installation
  • a high level of understanding of health and safety legislation, best practices and experience of developing, designing to or operating within safety codes or systems.

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 maybe necessary.

The role also necessitates the use of a computer workstation and VDU for a large proportion of the working day.

We have a strong emphasis on training and a commitment to continued professional development.

An exceptional index linked pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexi-time are offered, subsidised restaurant, gym and sports facilities.

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

Online applications only, you must submit a covering letter outlining your suitability for this role and a CV.

The closing date for applications is 25th June 2017 however, applicants 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.