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Science and Technology Facilities Council
Salary: £40000 - £50000
Location: Didcot
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Manufacturing
Category: Site Engineering / Management Jobs
Brief Description

Salary: £40,000 to £50,000 per annum, pro rata if part time and inclusive of annual role-based allowance
Grade: UKRI-E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time or Part Time
Closing Date: 22nd March 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 2​000 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 STFC ISIS facility, a leading particle accelerator used to carry out research in the physical and life sciences, 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.

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.

There are currently several opportunities for Mechanical Project Engineers to join the ISIS Design Division on a full time or part time basis, working closely with fellow Engineers and Scientists, specifying, designing, procuring and developing bespoke mechanical and electrical equipment and complex systems for the facility.

About the role

Working within one of the groups of Engineers that make up the ISIS Design Division, you will be responsible for delivering engineering solutions for scientific requirements within a project environment.

Duties will include:

* Full lifecycle engineering from concept to commissioning of one off components and larger, complex systems
* Coordinating the activities of various different technical disciplines to achieve the required end goal
* Project management (including scheduling, budgets, planning and reporting)
* Production of mechanical designs and detailed drawings using 2D and 3D CAD, either as an individual, or by managing the work of others
* 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.

Contacts and Communication:

You must have excellent communication skills and will deal directly with the following stakeholders:

* Fellow design division engineers (mechanical and electrical)
* Accelerator Physicists and neutron scientists
* Operations and installation staff
* Procurement and contracts staff
* Other specialist groups such as safety, civil engineering, building services etc.
* Manufacturing companies
* Contract design staff (internally and externally located)
* External engineering consultancies
* Other similar national laboratories.

Personal Skills and Attributes:

* Advanced inter-personal skills, particularly in communication, negotiating, networking and team building as well as motivation and problem-solving
* Proven people management skills
* Focused on delivering working, high quality solutions to meet the project objectives
* Organised approach to complex problems
* Strong ability to think creatively, to seek and accept change and continuous improvement.

For more information on ISIS you may wish to view one of our videos - javascript:void(0);.

Additional Details

* You will, on occasion, be required to access controlled radiation areas and may be expected to gain Classified Radiation Worker status
* Some UK and possibly international travel maybe necessary
* The role also necessitates the use of a computer workstation and VDU for a large proportion of the working day.

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

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



* HND in mechanical engineering related subject or equivalent experience (S).


* Degree level or higher in mechanical engineering related subject project management qualification from a recognised body such as the association for project management (S).

Knowledge and Experience:


* Proven experience in the design and engineering procurement environment with a focus on the appliance of functional mechanical engineering solutions to real world problems (S&I)
* A good level of understanding of Project Management techniques and best practices, and experience of working within a project environment a track (S&I)
* Record of coordinating a number of different technical disciplines across a broad range of tasks to achieve overall project goals (S&I)
* Proven knowledge and experience using a 3D modelling package, fully conversant with 2D drawings to BS 8888 and geometric tolerances (S)
* Experience in producing one off practical engineering solutions to meet common mechanical and scientific specifications, including some or all of the following fields (S):
* Ultra-high vacuum systems and vessels/pressure systems
* Precision tolerance components and mechanisms
* Electromagnetic components/RF Systems
* Cryogenic engineering
* FEA analysis
* Neutron instruments/detector systems
* Kinematic supports/lifting equipment
* Motion control systems/mechatronic devices.

* Experience of precision and general manufacturing techniques and supply chains in some or all of the following areas (S):
* General and precision machining general manual fabrication, brazing and automatic welding techniques material selection
* Non-destructive testing and equipment acceptance and commissioning
* Metrology and inspection
* Assembly techniques
* Contract management.


* Significant experience of people management either as a task manager or in a line management role (S&I)
* Experience in the role of project manager (S)
* Responsible for the delivery of mechanical systems within a set timescale and budget and to an agreed specification (S&I)
* Experience of working at a strategic level and having a responsibility for a significant activity, setting the direction of work, prioritising tasks, planning schedule and controlling resources (I)
* Highly developed people skills, especially in communicating with a wide range of stakeholders working within multidisciplinary teams; and motivating others (I)
* A background in mechanical engineering for high technology organisations or national scientific laboratories (S)
* Ability to design very complex mechanical systems, or components with complicated geometry, quickly and efficiently and that are both functional and reliable immediately after installation (S&I)
* A high level of understanding of health and safety legislation, best practices and experience of developing, designing to or operating within safety codes or systems (I).

We have a strong emphasis on training and a commitment to continued professional development.

An exceptional index linked pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexi-time are offered, subsidised restaurant, gym and sports facilities. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages javascript:void(0);.

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 22nd March 2020, however early applications are encouraged as applicants will be reviewed and considered on an on-going basis.

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