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CNC Machinist

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
England, Oxfordshire
£25702 - £34709 per annum
Closing date
4 Nov 2021

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CNC Machinist

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire

£25,702 - £27,938 or £31,931 - £34,709 per annum (dependent on skills and experience plus annual allowance of £2,000)

Full time


Excellent opportunities to work in a leading science environment offering exceptional employee benefits.

As part of UK Research and Innovation, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe's largest research organisations and operates at a number of sites within the UK, including the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and many more around the world.

The Central Laser Facility (CLF) within STFC is one of the world's leading laser centres, providing scientists mainly from the UK and continental Europe with access to an unparalleled range of pioneering laser technology. CLF has a small manufacturing and assembly team dedicated to delivering the engineering hardware for the CLF's operational program. This is a dynamic, low volume, fast response prototype team skilled to use a range of CNC and manual machines. The team also supports the upgrading of labs and facilities which would include: cooling water, gas, vacuum and cryogenic systems.

About the role

We now have vacancies for qualified and experienced CNC Machinists, responsible for modifying, manufacturing and building bespoke hardware to support the experimental and upgrade programmes across the entire facility.

This is an exciting, challenging, multidisciplinary, hands on role within a small manufacturing and assembly team. You will be producing machined components to a high quality using manual/CNC machines, as well as the assembly of precision components.

About You

A minimum of a BTEC ONC or similar in mechanical engineering and a recognised apprenticeship is expected, with an HNC or HND desirable, but candidates with significant proven experience will also be considered.

To join us you will be experienced in traditional manual and CNC machining, as well as have a good understanding of engineering practices and methods.

Candidates should be able to build precision hardware using conventional hand tools, work from drawings and instruction, and accurately build hardware in areas where physical access is limited.

To be considered for the higher band you should be able to produce high quality components on CNC/manual machines. You will also mentor and supervise other workshop staff.

The role requires the candidate to work well in a team and to be able to operate independently. You will demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a highly organised approach to work, be innovative and inquisitive, with a desire to gain new skills in a broad range of areas.

Employee Benefits:

We are offering permanent positions that provide a whole host of family friendly 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.

UKRI is an Equal Opportunity & Disability Confident Employer.

To Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter detailing your suitability for the role.

The closing date for applications is 7th November 2021.


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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