Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC250365
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £24777 - £28932
Date Posted 12 August 2019
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 13 September 2019
Interview Date

Brief 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

Salary: £24,777 to £28,932 (depending on experience and including a Recruitment Retention Allowances after probation)
Additional pay for overtime, on call, and call out payments as detailed below
Grade: C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 13th September 2019

ISIS is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford in the United Kingdom.

We support a national and international community of more than 3,000 scientists for research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, catalysis and polymers and on to fundamental studies of materials.

Visit our website to find out more -

The technician role involves working as part of a team supporting our existing neutron and muon beam-lines.

Your duties and responsibilities will be:

  • assembling mechanical systems to engineering drawings
  • installing mechanical systems and assemblies on beam-lines and instruments in a scientific environment
  • the maintenance and repair of these installed systems. Including hydraulics, pneumatics and mechatronics
  • to produce high quality machining work (including turning and milling) to close tolerances working to sketches, engineering drawings and verbal instructions as appropriate
  • work with engineers, scientists and visiting users of our facility on finding solutions to mechanical challenges and problems
  • work safely and ensure the safety of others in a Scientific and Engineering environment.

In your role you may need to work in specialised areas, such as gas safety systems. If this is a requirement of your role it will be discussed at interview and training will be given to you.

ISIS operates four 50 day cycles per year, during these cycles ISIS operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week so some over time is required for all these posts and in addition on-call is required for these roles.

Overtime and On-Call rates

Overtime Rates

  • overtime rate for week days and weekends-1.5 x basic hourly rate
  • overtime rate for attending call outs-basic hourly rate x 2
  • on-call allowance for standing by:
    • on weekdays-for a period of more than 12 hours-£20.40 per shift
    • weekends and Bank Holidays-for a period of more than 12 hours-£40.80 per shift.

Call-Out payment  

  • general call out to resolve an issue-£20.40 per call out
  • between 12.00 midnight and 05.30 or at any time on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s day-£30.60 per call-out.

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


  • Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship with NVQ level 3 or similar with relevant experience (S)
  • experience working in a precision assembly environment (S&I)
  • ability to work to engineering drawings (S&I)
  • a sound understanding of mechanical engineering principles (I)
  • a good understanding of engineering maintenance practices (I)
  • good communication skills are essential (I)
  • good writing skills/record-keeping and PC literacy e.g. Windows/Office (S&I)
  • excellent interpersonal and team working skills are essential, as is the ability to engage effectively on technical issues with staff and facility users at all levels (I)
  • a sound understanding of mechanical engineering workshop practice and of appropriate workshop safe work practice (I)
  • you must have a good work ethic, be highly motivated and have the willingness to learn new skills and techniques (I).


  • CAD experience (S)

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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 13th September 2019 however early applications are encouraged as applications will be reviewed and possibly interview on an on-going basis.

If you wish to discuss the role in advance of applying please feel free to contact Erik Johnson on

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