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Electronics / Mechatronics Engineer - Motion Control Support

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
England, Didcot, Oxfordshire
£39748 - £44166 per annum + £4,000 Specialist Allowance
Closing date
20 Feb 2022

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

About the role

You will join the ISIS Electronic and Electrical User Support Group (EESUG), where you will be responsible for the maintenance, servicing and repair of the motion control systems that form an integral part of the ISIS suite of beam instruments. You will also contribute to technical reviews where your expertise will feed in to the design of new motion systems and you will also be involved in the testing, installation and commissioning of new motion systems.

A vital part of your role will be the development of an effective Motion Control Support Section that is capable of meeting the growing demands of the ISIS beam instruments. Once established, you will oversee the workload and training of staff within 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.

When running, ISIS operates on a 24/7 basis and so you will be part of the on-call system, where occasional working out of hours may be required. An on-call allowance is payable.

About you

You will be degree level qualified, or equivalent, in a relevant field of engineering (electronics, electrical, 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 high energy proton synchrotron which produces thermal neutrons for science and engineering research. ISIS employs a suite of beam instruments that are capable of carrying out high precision measurements on a wide range of samples, from simple and complex compounds to new alloys, to engineering structures to biological samples and pharmaceuticals.

The ISIS beam instruments use motion control systems to accurately align the samples under test to the incident neutron beam and, in some cases, parts of the beam instruments are also moved using motion systems to achieved the desired experimental configuration. In addition, the neutron beam is often shaped using devices such as collimations to get the optimal beam profile for the sample being investigated. Again, all this is achieved using motion control systems. Without reliable and accurate motion systems for the beam instruments, experiments at ISIS could not happen.

Our benefits

We offer 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 and a subsidised restaurant.

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.

Closing Date: 20th February 2022


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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