Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246762
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26560
Date Posted 13 September 2018
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 18 November 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £26,560
Grade: UKRI-C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 18th November 2018

The assessment centre for this vacancy will be in December 2018 or January 2019 and will be held at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

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, technology and Engineering.

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. To find out more about STFC please see one of our videos:

Our graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to anew level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

Based at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, you will be part of Technology Department that provides a wide range of technologies to help deliver the next generation of large science facilities and underpin the delivery of the UK and international science programs.

As a graduate in our group you will be part of a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers that are driving the development of new interconnect technologies and applying those already developed to enable tomorrow’s scientific discoveries. You will be involved in developing new technologies, fault finding when problems arise in current products, assisting with design of new products, learning the standard assembly and interconnect techniques already in use and applying those techniques to existing and new products. We are committed to making continuous process improvements in order to increase yield and reliability whilst reducing costs and lead time.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • developing new interconnect technologies and reporting on these developments
  • analysing interconnect faults and reporting your findings
  • contributing to delivering the routine jobs submitted to the Interconnect team


  • plan and conduct experimental tests on interconnect techniques and materials
  • identify and solve problems in experimental and production systems
  • process data to extract results and figures of merit
  • present results in written reports and oral presentations
  • publish papers and present them at international workshops and conferences
  • be an active member of our multi-disciplinary research teams and the STFC Interconnect group.
  • participate in the wider departmental and STFC graduate training programme

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • strong academic background with or forecast first or 2:1 in a degree
  • studying Engineering with modules covering mechanical, electronic and materials engineering
  • knowledge of interconnect materials (metals,epoxies, conductive epoxies)
  • ability to use a stereo microscope for prolonged periods of time
  • confident in benefits of machine automation
  • experience in data analysis using Excel, Python or Matlab
  • demonstrate a systematic and analytical approach to problem solving
  • good written and spoken communication skills
  • able to work independently and within a team

Organization Description

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

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

We will assess the criteria through shortlisting (S), at Interview (I) or both (S&I)



  • obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018 or be due to receive it in 2019 (S)
  • expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above (S&I)
  • the right to live and work in the UK (S)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • experience of conducting practical experimental work (S&I)
  • strong numerical and problem solving skills (S&I)
  • good written communication skills (S)
  • demonstrate ability to process data in software Python, Matlab, Excel (or similar) (S)
  • knowledge of materials interaction (S)
  • ability to manipulate small items under a microscope (I) 


  • prior experience of using microscopes (S)

 Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes


  • good communication skills and the ability to influence people at all levels (I)
  • demonstrate good verbal and written communication skills (S&I)
  • demonstrate good team working capabilities (S&I)
  • organised and motivated (S&I)
  • demonstrates a drive and determination to achieve results (S&I)
  • give detail of an example of when you have used these skills (S&I)

Special Requirements

This role may require you to undertake occasional travel within the UK and overseas. You may also be required to carry out manual handling activities.

  • STFC’s Graduate scheme is accredited by the; Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics and the British Computer Society.
  • You’ll get the chance to work on cutting-edge projects with international collaborators.
  • STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege holidays, flexible working hours and an exceptional pension scheme.
  • Every graduate is provided with a mentor to help support them through the graduate scheme and to become chartered.
  • Providing you perform well and make good progress with your training plans, you will be promoted after two years with us, receiving a significant salary increase. How to apply

In order to apply for this role you must have:

  • obtained your first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018 or be due to receive it in 2019
  • expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • the right to live and work in the UK

Please apply online only. Please submit a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role.

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We recruit on a rolling basis therefore we recommend you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis until our assessment centres are filled.

Closing Date: 18th November 2018

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