Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC250412
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30782 - £33459
Date Posted 12 August 2019
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 09 September 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 to £33,459 per annum (plus a Recruitment & Retention Allowance)
Grade: D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time/Part Time considered
Closing Date: 9th September 2019
Interview Date: week commencing 16th September 2019


You will carry out electronic and electrical assembly work to IPC and ESA Standards and other activities relating to the manufacture of electronic assemblies for use in space. You will be based at RAL within the Production & Software Group of the Imaging Systems Division within RAL Space. The Imaging Systems Division has a long-standing heritage of excellence in Space flight going back over 50 years. We build electronic systems for spaceflight and hence quality is paramount in our work. RAL Space works to ISO9001:2008 standards. You will report to the Production Scheduler and will be responsible for electrical, and electronic manufacturing activities within the department.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities

You will have sufficient experience of assembly practices within the aerospace/high reliability industry with having dedicated experience subsequent to being issued with a European Space Agency soldering, wiring and assembly operator certificate.

You will be responsible for advising more senior engineers (bands D, E & F) as to the best practice for the construction of new instrument and equipment designs within RAL Space. You will plan work to maximise the build efficiency in both time and materials as well as manufacturing electronic assemblies and wiring harnesses. Supervision of junior technicians will form a key part of the role to ensure that best practice is promulgated within the Production Group. This supervision will also include an element of on the job training so that more junior staff have opportunity to develop their skills in a production environment dealing with ‘real’ problems.

You will demonstrate a flexible approach, have a good engineering understanding, and a good eye for detail. Many of our projects are unique, and hence it's sometimes down to the technician to plan and organise the manufacture rather than to follow drawings. You will also be involved in handling controlled parts (e.g. ITAR) and therefore must ensure they are handled appropriately and that paperwork is correct and up to date. You must also be willing to cover other organisational roles in times of sickness and absence. You will also support internal and external audits.

You will need to have working knowledge of, and/or be able to perform all the following:

  • electronic assembly: for example; soldering conventional and surface mount components by hand onto PCBs to IPC and ESA Standards
  • electrical assembly: for example; making up cables or harnesses, this could include either solder, crimp or screw terminal connections in a variety of test fixtures, instruments or robotic rovers
  • electrical/electronic repair and modification: conducting rework, changing components on circuit boards, splicing cables, exposing and soldering to inner layers of PCBs etc.
  • electro mechanical: for example; creating test harness or jigs to aid the design and development of Space related systems
  • documentation: create detailed drawings of wiring or cable routing on prototype assemblies, so that the job in question can always be repeated
  • be responsible for maintaining a clean and organised working environment, especially whilst working on flight equipment in the Electronic cleanrooms
  • checking and maintaining the various pieces of production equipment
  • procurement: Obtain quotes from suppliers and placing orders via shared services
  • knowledge and experience of the twenty-six RAL Space ISO9000 production group procedures. These explain how the ESA standards are applied to the work done at RAL and are specific to the equipment and processes used
  • suggest improvements to the RAL Space procedures and update the documents as necessary
  • knowledge and experience of Cleanroom procedures
  • knowledge and experience of damage prevention to electronic devices due to Electro-static discharge
  • provide supervision, advice and training for more junior technicians
  • plan work for themselves and more junior technicians
  • consider the safety, environmental and health impacts of any work undertaken/planned on both themselves and any staff working with/for them.

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.

The following criteria will be assessed through shortlisting (S), at Interview (I) or both (S&I)


  • GCSE, or equivalent, in Mathematics and English (S)
  • have visual acuity sufficient to hold an ESA operator certificate (S)
  • good PC literacy skills using programs such as Microsoft Outlook, Word & Excel or equivalent (S&I)
  • ESA certification category 3 (operator) (S&I)
  • attended and passed ESA courses: (S&I)
    o E01 High reliability hand soldering
    o E04 Repair and Modification of PCB and Solder Joints
    o E05 High-Reliability Soldering for Surface Mount Technology
    o E06/E07/E08 High-Reliability Crimping or/and Wire Wrapping
  • experience using production management software (S)
  • knowledge of Electrical or Electromechanical Components (S&I)
  • knowledge of Electronic Components (S&I)
  • knowledge of Mil-Spec/Space Qualified Components (S&I)
  • be able to handle small parts (S&I)
  • knowledge of soldering (TH and SMD) (S&I)
  • knowledge of a non-conformance system (S&I)
  • knowledge of an ISO9000 or other quality management system (S&I)


  • ESA certification Category 2 (operator/inspector) (S)
  • evidence of dealing with suppliers and/or contractors (S)
  • experience using a web or standalone computer-based database system (S)
  • qualifications in Electrical or Electronic disciplines (S&I)
  • evidence of training junior staff (S&I)
  • evidence of planning work activities. (S&I)

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:

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