Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC245288
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £35430 - £38512
Date Posted 14 May 2018
Grade HRC-C
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 03 June 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £35,430 - £38,512 (dependent on skills and experience and including shift allowances)
Grade: Band C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 3rd June 2018

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

ISIS is the world’s leading pulsed neutron and muon source for research in the physical and life sciences ( Situated at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, the accelerator based facility provides research into physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering and biology and is the most productive research centre of its type in the world. The ISIS Facility is operated 24/7 by dedicated engineers and technicians who are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the £multimillion particle accelerator and two target station complexes. To facilitate this, the shift crew teams (3 people form one crew) currently work three eight hour shifts during weekdays and two twelve hour shifts at weekends throughout the year.

We are currently searching for an addition to our shift crew on duty: a Duty Technician for the Particle Accelerator. You will be providing technical and handling support for the safe operation of the accelerator and the two target stations. This includes assisting in fault finding, safety searches as well as routine tasks such as checklists and physical tours around the ISIS premises to inspect the different equipment.


  • assist in first line fault diagnosis for the accelerator (including electrical as well as mechanical issues) under high time pressure with the highest regard for personnel and equipment safety
  • assist in repairing/replacing failed equipment like power supplies, magnets, etc.
  • support optimisation of accelerator, target stations and associated equipment operations
  • monitor and document real time data
  • perform physical tours of the accelerator premises looking for any unusual signs (burning odour, alarms, discolorations, noises, etc.)
  • use overhead cranes for light lifting duties
  • issue radiation badges and dosimeters
  • perform searches of controlled areas prior to accelerator operations to guarantee personnel safety
  • hand over the status of the particle accelerator, ongoing work, repairs or other issues to oncoming shift
  • during accelerator off-time other responsibilities within ISIS can arise (working with specialists for the vacuum, interlock systems, Radio Frequency, power supplies, controls, etc.)
  • additionally there is the possibility of working for other groups during day shifts.

Organization Description

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria


  • ONC in an electrical/electronic Engineering discipline
  • experience in logical fault finding
  • knowledge of safety hazards of a large scale facility
  • very good interpersonal skills: ability to communicate clearly written and verbally, concisely and confidently with individuals from all levels.


  • HNC, HND or degree in an electrical/electronic Engineering discipline
  • experience with power supplies
  • experience with ionising radiation
  • experience with interlock systems.

Special Requirements

  • become a regular shift worker
  • become classified radiation worker
  • become part of the Alarm Investigation Team (includes First Aider training).

We offer:

  • open-ended contract at Band C level
  • opportunity for career development within the ISIS Crew and ISIS
  • versatile work packages within your role
  • exciting work due to constantly new arising challenges
  • very team focused work environment
  • emphasis on training for personal professional development
  • opportunity to be part of a world leading scientific research facility.

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

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 the 3rd June 2018, however, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date.

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.