Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC253775
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £35926 - £39051
Date Posted 19 May 2020
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 07 June 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £35,926 - £39,051 (including shift allowance, and dependent on skills and experience)
Grade: Band C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time 
Closing Date: 7th June 2020

STFC's ISIS facility is the world’s leading pulsed neutron and muon source for research in the physical and life sciences ( Situated at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, the accelerator based facility provides research into physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering and biology and is the most productive research centre of its type in the world. For more information on the ISIS facility you may wish to view one of our videos -

About the Role

Are you passionate about engineering and working at the forefront of technology which is serving world-leading science? Do you enjoy complex technical systems and thrive in stressful situations? If you do, and you are excited to advance and shape the future of a particle accelerator, our position as a Duty Technician for the Particle Accelerator as part of the 24/7 shift Crew is the challenge you have been looking for.

The ISIS facility is operated by dedicated engineers and technicians who are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the £multimillion particle accelerator and two target station complexes. To facilitate this, the shift crew teams (3 people form one crew)currently work three eight hour shifts during weekdays and two twelve hour shifts at weekends throughout the year. As part of this crew you would be providing technical and handling support for the safe operation of the accelerator and the two target stations. This includes assisting in fault finding, safety searches as well as routine tasks such as checklists and physical tours around the ISIS premises to inspect the different equipment for unusual signs.

Further responsibilities will include

  • Assisting in first line fault diagnosis for the accelerator (including electrical as well as mechanical issues) under high time pressure with the highest regard for personnel and equipment safety
  • Assisting in repairing/replacing failed equipment like power supplies, magnets, etc.
  • Monitoring and documenting real time data
  • Using overhead cranes for light lifting duties
  • Performing searches of controlled areas prior to accelerator operations to guarantee personnel safety
  • Handing over the status of the particle accelerator, ongoing work, repairs or other issues to oncoming shift
  • Additionally there is the possibility of working with other groups/specialists during day shifts (e.g. for vacuum, interlock systems, Radio Frequency, power supplies, controls, etc.)

Organization Description

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 either the Shortlisting (S) stage, Interview (I) stage, or both (S&I)


  • ONC in an electrical/electronic engineering discipline, or equivalent experience acquired in the operations of a large scale facility (S)
  • Experience in logical fault finding (S&I)
  • Knowledge of safety hazards of a large scale facility (S&I)
  • Very good interpersonal skills: ability to communicate clearly written and verbally, concisely and confidently with individuals from all levels (I)
  • Team player (I)
  • Quick learner. (I)


  • HNC, HND or degree in an electrical/electronic engineering discipline, or equivalent experience acquired in the operations of a large scale facility (S)
  • Experience with power supplies (S&I)
  • Experience with ionising radiation (S&I)
  • Experience with interlock systems. (S&I)

Special Requirements

  • Become a regular shift worker (I)
  • Become classified radiation worker (I)
  • Become part of the Alarm Investigation Team (includes First Aider training). (I)

We offer:

  • Permanent contract at Band C level
  • Opportunity for career development and progression within the ISIS Crew and ISIS
  • Versatile work packages within your role
  • Exciting work due to constantly new arising challenges
  • Very team focused work environment
  • Emphasis on training for personal professional development
  • Opportunity to be part of a world leading scientific research facility.

In addition to the competitive salary, an exceptional index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages at:

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.

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:

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 the application is 7th June 2020, however early applications are encouraged as applicants will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis.

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