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Mechanical Technician/Machinist

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
England, Didcot, Oxfordshire
£27938.0 - £34709.0 per annum
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Mechanical Technician/Machinist

Salary: £27,938 - £34,709 per annum (plus annual role-based allowance of £2,000 (dependent on qualifications and or experience)

Benefits: 30 days holiday + 8 bank holidays + 2.5 privilege days + exceptional defined average salary pension + excellent work life balance

Contract Type: Open Ended

Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire.

Hours: Full Time (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)

Closing date for applications: 28th September 2022


About us

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe's largest research organisations and part of UKRI (United Kingdom Research & Innovation). Through combining world-class facilities with some of the world's most talented staff, we're driving ground-breaking advances in science and engineering.

We have an opportunity within the Technology Department's Manufacturing Facility where the successful candidate will be working as part of an already established team, helping to strengthen manufacturing resource, to further support all departments within the STFC.


About the Role




As a trusted member of the manufacturing facilities you will be working with design teams and project leaders to fulfil their design manufacturing requirements



You will have varied workload where you will work both effectively and safely as part of a team, and on your own with minimal directional supervision.

One of the main focus of the role will be producing precision components to meet mechanical designs drawing specifications.

There will be daily use of conventional and CNC machines with a requirement to use hand inspection tools.

You will also be able to problem solve associated manufacturing issues and collaborate closely with colleagues at all levels, advising on best practise & recommending ways of overcoming manufacturing obstacles.

Finally, there is a requirement for you to support the training of apprentices and less experienced staff.






  • Certified relevant Apprenticeship or significant work experience.
  • Understanding of Health and Safety regulations in the workplace.
  • Proven track record in producing machined components to drawing or CAD Model.
  • Good Interpersonal skills, particularly communication, listening, and problem-solving.
  • Strong sense of conduct, responsibility, and reliability.



Employee Benefits

  • 30 days holiday (in addition to 10.5 bank holidays and privilege days).
  • Flexible working hours.
  • An excellent defined average salary pension scheme.
  • Employee shopping/travel discounts.
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities.

We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We are invested in creating an environment that is welcoming and supportive of all, to help us achieve the highest possible standards in our work and organisation together. In this regard, we encourage applications from under-represented groups.

We ask some of the biggest questions in the universe, to answer some of the biggest challenges in the world. Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers and businesssupport team explore the unknown across every field you could think of. And they turn what they find into work that changes the world around us.

What could you achieve with the world-leading facilities and experts of one of Europe's largest research organisations by your side? Join us and discover what's possible.












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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