Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC245498
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £24435 - £35997
Date Posted 13 June 2018
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 15 July 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £24,435 - £28,060 (Band C) or £30,357-£35,997 (Band D) (dependent upon qualifications/experience and inclusive of annual allowance)
Grade: RC-C/RC-D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time (Part Time considered)
Closing Date: 15th July 2018

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, 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 STFC’s ISIS facility, a world-leading scientific research centre, 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.

About The Role

We now have an opportunity for a Control and Instrumentation technician or engineer to join the ISIS Controls Group, which is part of the ISIS Electrical Systems Division. The facility utilises a large number of PLC-based machine interlock, plant and drive control systems within the accelerator and instrument beamlines. You will be part of the team that is responsible for the design, procurement, build, installation and support of these systems.

You will be appointed at either Band C or D of STFC’s staffing hierarchy, depending on the strength of your electrical knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications.

Duties at Band C and D will include:

  • assisting with the design and development of interlock, plant and motor control systems
  • oversee/undertake the manufacture and assembly of control system hardware, such as control panel & junction box wiring, PCB assembly and cable termination
  • testing and installation of new control systems
  • managing drawings and technical documentation, using AutoCAD, Meridian and other standard office software packages
  • undertaking fault-finding and maintenance of control systems and drives supported by the team
  • organising a small workshop
  • procuring materials, components and spares.

In addition, Band D duties would also include:

  • design/build PLC control systems
  • providing appropriate technical information to contract staff and subcontractors for the manufacture of electrical control panels and peripheral equipment
  • producing test schedules and oversee the testing of control panels and systems in the lab
  • supervision of contract staff
  • project-managing new installations and upgrades to systems.

About You

You will be qualified to a minimum of ONC (or equivalent) in an appropriate electrical engineering discipline, or hold a full electrical engineering apprenticeship or have sufficient relevant working experience.

You will demonstrate relevant experience working in an electrical engineering environment, which may include panel-building, wiring, cable termination, PLC-based systems, Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), controls and drive technologies.

You will have knowledge of basic electrical principles, be fully conversant with engineering drawings and circuit diagrams, and have an understanding of the health and safety requirements relevant to the role.

You will demonstrate good communication skills to liaise directly with colleagues, scientists, other engineering staff and operational crew members throughout the facility, as well as external manufacturers and component suppliers.

To be considered for the Band D role, you should have a minimum of an HNC in an appropriate electrical engineering discipline and a sound electrical engineering background, as well as having evidence of exposure to a range of controls techniques, familiarity with PLC-based systems and relevant project/design experience.

Other Relevant Information:

You must be willing to work in radiation controlled environments and carry out occasional travel within the UK and overseas. The team provides out of hours on-call support to resolve faults and problems during the silent hours, and as such a willingness to take part in the ISIS on-call system would be a distinct advantage.

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 Criteria


  • ONC or above in an appropriate electrical engineering discipline, or a recognised electrical engineering apprenticeship or relevant equivalent experience
  • relevant experience working in an electrical engineering environment
  • evidence of good English written skills and computer literacy.


  • HNC/HND or above in electrical engineering or equivalent
  • previous experience associated with panel-building, wiring, cable termination
  • previous experience working with PLC-based systems, Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), controls or drive technologies#
  • previous experience of working with LabVIEW
  • computer literate in the use of office software and CAD packages, such as AutoCAD.

Interview Criteria

Essential (Band C and D):

  • ONC or above in an appropriate electrical engineering discipline, or an electrical engineering apprenticeship
  • relevant practical experience supporting or building electrical/electronic systems
  • knowledge of basic electrical principles
  • fully conversant with engineering drawings and circuit diagrams
  • excellent interpersonal skills – able to liaise with staff at all levels
  • an understanding of the health and safety requirements relevant to the role
  • the use of initiative and a methodical approach to problem-solving is required
  • a proven ability to work confidently as part of a team
  • attention to detail
  • willing to work in radiation areas

In addition, at Band D:

  • HNC or above in an appropriate electrical engineering discipline, or an electrical engineering apprenticeship
  • sound electrical engineering background
  • evidence of exposure to control and/or drive technologies
  • able to carry out electrical systems fault-finding to component level
  • relevant project/design experience
  • able to demonstrate health and safety awareness and safe working practices
  • familiarity with PLC-based systems - conversant with PLC ladder logic.


  • HND or a degree in electrical engineering
  • ability to use CAD packages such as AutoCAD
  • familiarity with BS7671 IET wiring regulations
  • experience of managing contractors and liaising with suppliers
  • willingness to work outside ‘normal’ hours as workload dictates.

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:

STFC holds the Investor in People Gold accreditation and offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days' annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies, a subsidised restaurant and good public transport links.

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

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

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 15th July 2018. The interview/assessment date for this vacancy is to be confirmed and will be held at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Campus, Didcot. OX11 0QX.

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