Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC252126
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £40000 - £50000
Date Posted 09 December 2019
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 26 January 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £40,000 - £50,000 per annum, pro rata if part time (dependent upon qualifications and experience and inclusive of  role-based annual allowance )
Grade: UKRI-E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time or Part Time
Closing Date: 26th January 2020

About us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. ISIS Neutron and Muon Source is based at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire and is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. It is owned and operated by the STFC. 

Through the use of a proton accelerator and a high power target facility, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source produces beams of neutrons and muons that allow scientists to study materials at the atomic level using a suite of instruments, often described as ‘super-microscopes’. It supports a national and international community of more than 2​000 scientists who use neutrons and muons for research in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering, and biology. 


Through combining world-class facilities with major international collaborations and some of the world’s most talented staff, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science 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.

About the role

We now have exciting new opportunities for Mechanical Development Engineers to join the ISIS Design Division, working closely with fellow Engineers and Scientists to specify, design, procure and develop bespoke mechanical and electrical equipment and complex systems for the facility.

Our Engineers are responsible for taking top level development ideas and managing the complete development process through engineering concept, design, procurement, installation/commissioning, testing and final reporting.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Carrying out engineering calculations and simulations to ensure the development brief is met
  • Preparing work instructions for staff carrying out development and test programmes
  • Managing tendering, procurement and delivery of approved designs, equipment and services
  • Presenting reports on designs and test programmes for peer and stakeholder review
  • Managing multi-disciplinary staff carrying out programmes of development and testing.

For more information on ISIS you may wish to view one of our videos -

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

The following criteria will be assessed at either Shortlisting (S) Interview (I) or both (S&I).


  • You will be qualified to degree level or chartered engineer status along with relevant experience (S)
  • ISIS uses a wide range of technologies, from RF cavities and magnetic components, through to materials used in extreme environments. You will need a broad understanding of mechanical engineering and specific in-depth knowledge in one or more of the following areas (S):
    • RF cavities
    • Magnetic elements (AC or DC)
    • High vacuum engineering
    • Precision alignment
    • Cryogenic engineering
    • FEA analysis
    • Materials engineering
    • Precision motion
    • Remote handling of radioactive materials.
  • You will also have experience of developing test programmes within a highly complex technical environment (S)
  • Significant experience in managing and directing staff engaged on development projects (S&I)
  • You should be able to demonstrate experience in performing engineering calculations and simulations and the use of 3D modelling and 2D drawing packages to ensure that a development brief is met (S&I)
  • You will demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a highly organised approach to work, be self-motivated, innovative and inquisitive, with a desire to gain new skills in a broad range of areas (I).


  • Experience in financial planning/budget control and an understanding of other related engineering disciplines (S&I).

An exceptional pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexible working are offered, as well as an onsite nursery, subsidised restaurant, gym and sports facilities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

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 26th January 2020, however early applications are encouraged as applicants will be reviewed and considered on an on-going basis.

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