Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC251883
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £24777 - £26932
Date Posted 07 November 2019
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 25 November 2019
Interview Date 11 December 2019

Brief Description

Salary: £24,777 - £26,932 per annum (depending on experience)
Grade: C
Contract Type: 2 years Fixed Term
Hours: Full Time/Part time considered (minimum 30 hours)
Closing Date: 25th November 2019
Interview Date : 11th December 2019

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is one of Europe’s largest multi-disciplinary research organisations, working with some of the most exciting and inspiring science in the world. We operate five laboratories across the United Kingdom and manage the UK’s involvement in major international science bodies including CERN.

An opportunity has arisen to provide Administration Support to the DAFNI Project. The aim of DAFNI is to provide new data intensive hardware and software infrastructure to enable significant new advances in infrastructure systems research. DAFNI is the first of its kind in the UK and globally, dedicating to complex infrastructure systems research using advanced computational techniques. The core of DAFNI will be located at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire with satellite capabilities at the Universities.

Duties of these roles will include:

  • Organise and arrange meetings, events and workshops for the DAFNI Project 
  • Coordinate and organise, trip logistics, expense reimbursement, and activities for visitors, collaborators, partners so that they can quickly embed in the team and project activities
  • Retrieve project data from Oracle to assist financial projections and resource planning
  • Take meeting notes and action lists at DAFNI meetings
  • Manage the repository of meeting notes and reports for DAFNI
  • Be a reliable and trusted cornerstone of DAFNI that the STFC team can depend on, no matter where they are, be they with partners or collaborators
  • Maintain an up-to-date day-to-day activity list and a year-long planning diary for the Project Lead, for keynote speeches, high profile visits, important events relevant to DAFNI
  • Ensure new team members receive the training and “How-to” guides upon arrival
  • Be an active advocate for collaborative team spirit
  • Any other admin tasks required to support the project.

Contacts and Communication

  • Support the DAFNI project management team comprising of the Project Lead, Project Manager and Stakeholder Manager
  • Part of wider Administration Team supporting Scientific Computing
  • Regular contact with staff internally and externally
  • Regular contact with collaborators and partners
  • Any other Relevant Information
  • Visit other STFC sites as required.

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 Criteria (S), Interview Criteria (I) or both (S&I)


  • Experience of working with senior staff (S&I)
  • GCSE (or equivalent) in Maths and English (S)
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and Outlook (S)
  • Experience of producing effective minutes and agendas (S)
  • Be able to travel to events which could involve overnight stays (I)
  • Effective communication both written and spoken (S&I)
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills (I)
  • Ability to work independently and prioritise work (I).


  • Degree or Business/Management/Admin related qualification
  • Experience in basic html to update website information or a willingness to learn.

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 aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit 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.

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