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Test Operator

Employer
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Location
Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire
Salary
£31,305 - £34,028
Closing date
14 Jan 2021

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Test Operator

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire

£31,305 - £34,028

Full time

Permanent

 

About Us

The Science & Technology Facilities Council is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is an 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 UK has invested £99m in the National Satellite Test Facility, in construction at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Harwell. This facility will provide a world class set of co-located families for the assembly, integration and testing of space payloads and satellites. The facility will have the capability to conduct Vibration, Acoustic, Thermal, Pyroshock, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and antennae testing for payloads up to 7 tonnes within clean room conditions. The NSTF is currently in the early construction phase, anticipated to finish construction in 2020, and moving into facility commissioning in 2020/21.

About the role

You will be operating a range of test activities in Thermal Vacuum Testing groups in our existing and future facilities. You will work under the direction of a Principal Test Engineer with them present for the larger campaigns, or for lower complexity testing. During the test campaigns there will be the requirement for 24hr shift working, the current practice is a 12 hour shift pattern, for which additional payment will be made. There may also be the requirement to be on an on-call rota to support testing and there would be additional payment to recompense for this function.

The duties and responsibilities are:

  • Possible direct line management responsibilities for junior test operators
  • Responsible for preparing and conducting the tests
  • Responsible for the safe operation of the equipment
  • Support the creation and maintenance of the operational procedures relevant to the equipment
  • Support the Principal Test Engineer at bid stage for the test facilities

About you

You will be able to demonstrate technical competence in a related field with demonstrable commitment to safe, clean and orderly working. You will have the ability to work with test hardware, tools and workshop equipment and have the ability to follow written procedures.

You will also be an excellent communicator both written and verbal with a strong customer focus within the bounds of the contracted service. You will be dedicated, self-motivated with a responsible approach to health and safety management and be able to multi-task and prioritise against a heavy workload.

What we offer

STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies, a subsidised restaurant and good public transport links.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 31st January 2021

Company

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, 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.

At STFC, our engineers provide the technology that allows our world-leading science to make a real difference in areas that really matter: from cancer treatment to airport security, high-tech jobs to hydrogen powered cars, energy generation to accident scene emergency care, our impact is felt in many aspects of daily life. We provide and exploit space and astronomy technology, a world-leading neutron scattering facility, ultra-fast supercomputers, amazing scientific instruments and some of the most powerful lasers in the world. We work with industry and academia throughout the UK, Europe and the world.

STFC can offer you an excellent working environment. Our laboratories are based in beautiful rural locations in Cheshire, Oxfordshire and in Edinburgh, with great amenities and quality of life for you and your family. We are at the centre of burgeoning high-tech campuses buzzing with economic investment and even more promise for the future. Our people enjoy attractive benefits and plenty of opportunity for development. Whether you are beginning or furthering your career, we can offer you excellent opportunities to test out and broaden your skills and experience and to gain real technical and managerial expertise working in dynamic team and project environments.

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