Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC251114
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26932
Date Posted 28 October 2019
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 17 November 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £26,932
Grade: UKRI-C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 17th November 2019
Interview Date: Interviews will be held at one of our assessment centres on the 12th and 16th December, 21st & 28th January


STFC - RAL Space - Graduate Project Manager - Space Imaging Systems

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. For more information on STFC please view one of our videos - 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.

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 a new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for graduates with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these. See all of our current Graduate vacancies here.

RAL Space provides world-leading space research and technology development, space test facilities, instrument and mission design, and studies of science and technology requirements for new missions. The Department has established a long standing heritage of excellence in Space flight going back over 50 years, with significant involvement in over 200 space missions. It has a unique position at the heart of the interaction between the UK government, space industry and academia.

The Imaging Systems Division (ISD) is one of the key engineering Divisions in RAL Space specialising in providing bespoke optics, sensors and electronics instrumentation. We are involved in a variety of projects from R&D focussed activities to full flight programmes covering a wide range of applications in space-borne and ground-based astronomical instrumentation, earth observation and planetary exploration.

The Programmes & Strategy Group sit within ISD to manage and support the Division’s portfolio of projects. The Group is also responsible for financial and resource monitoring of the Division and the delivery of key information to the Division Head and Group Leaders to enable strategic decision making in terms of future work and technology development. The Group is active in identifying potential opportunities for funding, whilst leading and supporting bid preparation for new work, as well as being committed to establishing and maintaining a delivery plan for future research and development.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

The primary role of this post is to carry out project management activities for the design, manufacture, test and delivery of electro-optics projects. The Graduate will work under the direct supervision of one of our Senior Project Managers, supporting them in managing a number of our many projects for spacecraft instruments. Duties include, but may not be limited to:

  • Scheduling of tasks and activities on a project
  • Identifying resource and schedule conflicts, and proposing solutions as appropriate
  • Monitoring the finances of projects
  • Writing reports for senior management and customers
  • Organising meetings and reviews as required
  • Liaising with all members of the project team
  • Writing of project proposals and bids for new work
  • Be vigilant in terms of health and safety
  • Help with outreach activities and tours of the Division.

Contacts and Communication

The Graduate will report to one of the Division’s Senior Project Managers on a day-to-day basis. In addition, the Graduate may be required to communicate to the following:

  • Report to senior project staff on progress as appropriate
  • Interaction with staff within the whole of the RAL Space department
  • Interaction with customers during visits
  • Interaction with suppliers as required
  • Interaction with UKSBS
  • Interaction with visitors to the Division / Department during outreach activities

Personal Skills and Attributes

We are looking for a Graduate with the following skills/attributes:

  • First degree in a scientific or engineering discipline, minimum 2:1
  • Excellent organisational skills, and the ability to multi-task
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Good PC literacy skills
  • Good presentation skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to work in a team
  • Diligent

Experience / knowledge of the following would be an advantage:

As the post is within the Imaging Systems Division, an understanding / interest in electronics / optics is useful, but not essential.

  • Scheduling software (e.g. MS Project)
  • Leading a team
  • Organisation of complex tasks

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.

Criteria to be assessed 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, 2019 or be due to receive it in 2020 (S)
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above (S&I)
  • The right to live and work in the UK (S)
  • Organisational experience, such as leading a team (S&I)
  • Use of Microsoft Office (S&I)
  • Giving presentations at various levels (S&I)
  • Ability to multi-task (I)
  • Excellent written and communication skills (I)
  • Excellent attention to detail (I)
  • Self-motivated (I)
  • Able to work in a team (I)
  • Diligent (I)


  • Project Management qualification (e.g. APM Project Fundamentals Certificate or equivalent) (S)
  • Project Management experience (S&I)
  • Budget responsibility (S&I)
  • Use of scheduling software (e.g. MS Project) (S&I)
  • Interest in electronics or optics,especially for space applications (I)

Special Requirements

  • This role may require occasion travel within the UK and abroad


Current starting salary of £26,932, plus annual incremental increase, a £1,000 welcome bonus and a £2,000 salary increase after the first year.

Subject to performance you will be promoted after two years with us, resulting in a further salary increase.

STFC’s Graduate scheme is accredited by: the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Physics. STFC is also organisational member of the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT

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

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, 2019 or be due to receive it in 2020

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: 17th November 2019

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