Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC252451
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30782 - £47576
Date Posted 14 January 2020
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 16 February 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: Band D £30,782 - £37,459 or Band E £38,318 - £47,576 per annum (dependent on skills and experience and inclusive of sector based allowance)
Grade: UKRI - D or UKRI - E
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time/Part Time (minimum 30 hours)
Closing Date: 16th February 2020

The Central Laser Facility (CLF) is one of the world’s leading laser centres, providing scientists mainly from the UK and continental Europe with access to an unparalleled range of state of the art laser technology. The CLF has around 180 staff and its function - user facility, international research – makes it a very friendly, outgoing, externally facing sort of place. It has a welcoming and inclusive culture, and you will find that people will naturally help and support you.

The CLF is building a new laser centre - the Extreme Photonics Applications Centre (EPAC) and is seeking new team members to help to build this and to contribute to our existing facilities. EPAC is an £81M facility that will use lasers developed by our team to drive new types of novel particle and radiation beams that can be applied to a wide range of problems in science and industry. We are looking for people like you, scientists and engineers at all stages of their careers to be a part of our friendly and enthusiastic team in the following areas (details are below):

As part of UK Research and Innovation, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations and operates at a number of sites within the UK, including RAL and many more around the world. RAL is home to about 1,200 staff that work with a community of more than 10,000 scientists and engineers mainly from the research sector, which spans the scientific spectrum including energy, security, materials healthcare, life-sciences and the environment to address important challenges facing society.

STFC is an award winning employer and RAL is a superb place to work – there is pioneering work going on all around the site and the environment, facilities and conditions are excellent. RAL has a real buzz and the people working here have a profound sense of pride in what they achieve. Alongside an excellent working environment and comprehensive continued professional development STFC offer’s a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, an exceptional career average defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies. Full details can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

We are seeking a professional Engineer with knowledge, experience and attitude to contribute to UK’ science. You will be working within the Electrical and Control team playing a critical part in designing control system architecture for our multimillion project and working in the operations of one of the world’s leading laser facilities.

You will need to be up to date with PLC and related control system technology and/or CAD design. You will need to able to work in a team or independently and able to manage project tasks when required.

What you will be working on:

  • Getting user requirements and translate them into working solutions
  • Evaluating the best technical setup for the future of the facility
  • Collaborating with mechanical designers, software engineers and scientist to build new systems
  • Ensuring all projects schematics and designs detail are accurately documented and maintained
  • Being the technical expert on electrical and control hardware issues
  • Getting involved in the prototype of bespoke developments, from design to final validation
  • Ensuring all prototypes are designed and built to the correct/desired electrical standard and are safe for use
  • Ensuring commissioning of systems meets the specifications and criteria of the project
  • Designing and commissioning PLC based control systems.

The role requires working with members of different teams in a multicultural and very friendly environment and involves working closely with research scientists, electrical engineers and leading university research groups from Europe and the UK.

Our current tools:

  • Schneider and Siemens PLC’s
  • Ethernet Based field Buses (Modbus TCP, Profinet, EtherCAT)
  • Programmable HMI’s from different vendors
  • AutoCAD Electrical
  • Micron Motion Control Systems.

We are always evaluating what we use to improve our work and new ideas are always welcome.

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 at Shortlisting (S) Interview (I) or both (S&I)

Essential Band D

  • Knowledge and practical experience of modern electrical engineering, components and techniques (S)
  • Working knowledge of PLC (S&I)
  • Experience in a supporting role (S&I)
  • Task management awareness (I)
  • Able to work from verbal instructions, sketches and engineering drawings (I)
  • Able to solve problems and make decisions (I)
  • Responsible approach to health and safety (I)
  • HND in Electrical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering. (S)

Desirable Band D

  • Knowledge of motion control (I)
  • Experience of working in a highly complex technical environment or scientific research environment (I)
  • Knowledge of project task management (S&I)
  • Experience working developing systems from customers’ requirements to commissioning (S&I)
  • Experience connecting and troubleshooting PLC based systems. (S&I)

 Essential Band E – the Band D essentials plus:

  • Experience working developing systems from customers’ requirements to commissioning (S&I)
  • Proven experience designing and programming PLC based systems (S&I)
  • Experience in the management of projects and/or people. (I)

Desirable Band E

  • Knowledge and experience of project management techniques (I)
  • Experience of working in a highly complex technical environment or scientific research environment (I)
  • Good understanding of motion control (I)
  • AutoCAD Electrical experience (S&I)
  • A broad understanding of other engineering disciplines (software, mechanical etc.) (I)
  • Experience in financial planning/budget control (I)
  • Degree in Electrical Design, Electrical Engineering or Mechatronics. (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.

Online applications only. Please submit a covering letter and CV ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Please note that failure to address the above criteria or submitted without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

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