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Science and Technology Facilities Council
Salary: £38969 - £49794
Location: Didcot
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Manufacturing
Category: Mechanical Engineering Jobs
Brief Description

Salary: £38,969 - £49,794 per annum (dependent upon qualifications and experience and inclusive of annual role based allowance)
Grade: E
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 15th November 2020


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe's largest multi-disciplinary 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 2000 scientists who use neutrons and muons for research in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering and biology.

Working at the forefront of scientific endeavour isn't possible without a dedicated team of engineers able to turn abstract scientific ideas into reality. At the ISIS facility each problem requires a unique solution, taking advantage of the latest technologies to deliver the seemingly impossible. Our engineers have the freedom to choose their own solution and the responsibility to take it to completion.

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About the role

As a mechanical engineer within the ISIS Accelerator Design Group, you will be working closely with fellow engineers and scientists to specify, design, develop and procure bespoke mechanical and electrical equipment for the particle accelerator.

Your duties will include

You will be involved in full lifecycle engineering from concept to commissioning of one-off components and larger, complex systems. This will include mechanical engineer calculations and analysis, precision tolerancing and alignment, design for manufacturing, design of RF cavities and accelerating structures, design of AC or DC electromagnets and design of ultra-high vacuum assemblies. You'll be responsible for project management (including scheduling, budgets, planning and reporting) and will coordinate the activities of various different technical disciplines to achieve the required end goal. You will produce mechanical designs and detailed drawings using 2D and 3D CAD, either as an individual or by managing the work of others.

Further duties will include:

* Presentation of designs for peer and stakeholder review
* Managing both internal staff and external contract design and detailing effort
* Managing tendering, procurement and delivery of approved designs
* Ensuring all engineering design and installation work is carried out safely and in accordance with STFC codes of practice
* As part of a design team you'll be collaborating, negotiating and working within the team. You'll make use of proven people management skills and will show an enthusiastic approach to work and achievement of goals. You'll utilise an organised approach to problem solving in order to deliver working and high quality solutions.

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.
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

Criteria will be assessed through shortlisting (S), at interview (I) or both (S&I)


* Degree/HND or above, or equivalent experience (S)
* Quality of cover letter - written communication and relevance (S)
* Knowledge of fundamental mechanical engineering principles, e.g. materials, stress/strain, fluid mechanics, heat transfer (S&I)
* In-depth knowledge in one or more of: RF cavities, magnetic elements (AC or DC), high vacuum engineering, precision alignment, materials engineering (S&I)
* Experience in a mechanical design environment: developing, designing, procuring, testing and reporting on the development of technically challenging engineering equipment (S&I)
* Experience in managing projects and the staff involved (S&I)
* Experience in performing engineering calculations and simulations (S&I)
* Excellent communication skills, particularly within collaborating, negotiating, networking and team building. (I)


* MEng in relevant engineering disciplines (S)
* Degree is IMechE/IET Accredited for CEng. (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.

Polaris House is located next to Swindon Train Station and has excellent public transport links. Limited parking subject to waiting list (Swindon site only).

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.

Early applications are encouraged, as candidates may be invited for interview ahead of the closing date.

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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