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Mechanical Support Technician

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Oxfordshire, England, Didcot
£25702 - £34709 per annum
Closing date
3 Jun 2023

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Mechanical Support Technician

Salary: £25,702 to £27,938 - £31,931 to £34,709 per annum (dependent on skills and experience). A Specialist Allowance of up to 2,000 per annum is also available for this role.
Hours: Full time
Contract Type: Permanent Position
Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire

Come and do the kind of engineering that makes you want to be a technician! Stretch your technical skills while building human understanding. Promote sustainability and create new materials. And, alongside world-leading scientists and technologists, shape projects that improve lives, and daily life, in the UK and far beyond. Put simply, come and discover the impact you can make when you're equipped, encouraged and inspired to perform to your very best.

The ISIS department within the Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. We support a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists to research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering, catalysis and polymers, and on to fundamental studies of materials.

We are looking for a Mechanical Support Technician in the ISIS Mechanical Engineering Section, part of the ISIS Accelerator Division. You will be based in the main workshop and also work in all areas of the ISIS accelerator and extraction beam lines. Your role will be to assist in the manufacture and installation of components and assemblies required to ensure the accelerator remains working.

The role will involve the following duties and training will be provided where needed:

  • To produce high quality machining work (including turning and milling) to close tolerances working to sketches, engineering drawings and verbal instructions as appropriate
  • Produce appropriate jigs and fittings as necessary
  • To be responsible for a given area of work associated with the build, assembly, modification and installation of new projects connected with the ISIS accelerator
  • Repair and maintenance of a wide range of installed components for a given area of the Accelerator. Including a wide and diverse range of magnets, diagnostic monitors, ultra-high vacuum (UHV) and radio frequency (RF) acceleration systems.
  • To be responsible, for given areas of work and for the work of others including apprentices

Responsible for establishing and maintaining safe and efficient working arrangements for yourself and for any staff working alongside you

Applications will be reviewed once received and the role may close early if a successful candidate is found.


What we offer

We are offering a permanent position with a whole host of benefits including:

  • 30 days holiday FTE (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

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.

How to apply:

For full details on the role, please visit our careers site. Please submit an application including your CV and a Cover Letter that clearly showcases how your skills and experience align to the requirements of the role.

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 business support 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.

Closing Date: Sunday 4th June 2023


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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