Motion Control Section Leader

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
England, Oxfordshire, Didcot
£39748.0 - £44166.0 per annum + Specialist Allowance of up to £4,000
Closing date
27 Jun 2021

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Motion Control Lead Engineer

Salary: £39,748 to £44,166 per annum (dependent upon qualifications and experience)
A Specialist Allowance of up to £4,000 is available with this role
Grade: UKRI Band E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time

We have a new and exciting opportunity for an individual to join us as our Motion Control Lead Engineer at the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source facility, based at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire. We are looking to build a motion control support team and this post is the first step to achieving our goal. The postholder will have the unique opportunity to help recruit and shape the team that will support our network of motion control systems.

About the role

You will be part of the ISIS Electronic and Electrical User Support Group (EESUG), where you will take a leading role in the maintenance, servicing and repair of the motion control systems that form an integral part of the ISIS suite of beam instruments. The work will include job prioritization and planning. You will be part of the on-call system, where occasional working out of hours may be required.

You will contribute to technical reviews where your operational expertise will feed in to the design of new motion systems. You will also be involved in the testing, installation and commissioning of new motion systems.

An important part of your role as Lead Engineer will be the development of an effective Motion Control Support Section that is capable of meeting the growing demands of the ISIS instruments. This will be achieved through a recruitment campaign which you will organise together with the EEUSG Group leader.

You will oversee the training for new staff joining the motion control section and provide guidance for all health and safety issues. You will have the opportunity for travel to conferences and workshops within the UK and overseas to showcase the work of the Motion Control Support Section.

About you

You will be degree level qualified, or equivalent, in a relevant field of engineering (electronics, electrical, mechanical, mechatronics), with an in-depth working knowledge of motion control systems and their applications.

You will process a wide range of technical experience, such as system design, commissioning, repair and fault-finding skills, and you will be able to show a creative and adaptive approach to solving problems. You will have previous experience of working in a team environment. Experience in leading a team is desirable but not essential.

About Us

ISIS is a particle accelerator used to probe the structure of matter. The accelerator delivers high energy protons to a heavy metal target contained within a target station. The resultant collision of the protons with the metal target produces a high flux of neutrons that are guided away from the target station to a number of specialised instruments. Located inside each instrument is the sample of material to be tested. Illuminating the material with the neutron bean yields such information as atomic structure, phase changes in the material, internal electric and magnetic fields and mechanical stresses and strains. Many of the 36 instruments have moving parts that need to be positioned to a high accuracy. The material under investigation also needs to be positioned accurately relative to both the instrument and the neutron beam. All this is achieved with the latest motion control technology.

Our benefits

We are offering a permanent position that provides a whole host of great benefits including; 30 days holiday (in addition to bank holidays), an excellent pension scheme, employee shopping/travel discounts, a salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, plus many more benefits and wellbeing initiatives that enable our employees to have a great work life balance.

How to apply

Applicants are required to submit a CV and a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Please ensure your cover letter properly showcases your skills in relation to the defined criteria. Early applications are encouraged, as candidates may be invited for interview ahead of the closing date.

The closing date for applications is 27/06/21.


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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