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UV Testing Engineer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Oxfordshire, Didcot, England
Up to £25702 per annum
Closing date
18 Jun 2023

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Job Title: UV Testing Engineer

Salary: £25,702 or £31,931 gross per annum Dependent on Experience *

Location: RAL, Harwell Campus- Oxfordshire

Contract Type: 6 Months Fixed Term Contract

Hours: Full Time (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants however this role is based on-site 4 days per week)

Come and do the kind of engineering that made you want to be an engineer. Stretch your technical skills whilst building human understanding. Promote sustainability and create new materials, and alongside world-leading scientists and technologist, 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.

As a UV testing engineer you will carry out a programme of tests, research, and investigations to support development. You will play a critical role in helping to advance a breakthrough UV lamp technology created by scientists at STFC's Central Laser Facility.

The technology is a novel technique to generate UV light that achieves higher intensity and lower cost without toxic chemicals and achieving forty times the lifetime of industry-standard mercury lamps. This low-cost, scalable technique has the potential to disrupt many industries including water treatment and air sterilisation.

Operating from within the dynamic and fast-paced Innovation team, you will conduct key experiments and provide support to our mission to commercialise a unique UV light source and realise economic and societal impact.

The intention is to create a spin-out company before the end of 2023 centred on this technology and there is scope for your involvement in developing a new business.

Key duties and responsibilities include:

  • Conduct an experimental programme with the prototype to de-risk and support development to a minimum viable product (MVP), the experiments include:
    • Stabilisation and measurement of baseline performance of the prototype
    • Optimising the source to maximise the output of UV
    • Provide input to guide further design and guide the experimental programme.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, Experience, and any special requirements:


  • Degree in a STEM subject or equivalent experience
  • Able to manage an experimental campaign in the laboratory


  • Experience working in a laboratory environment [Essential for Band D]
  • Experience with any of the following areas [At least one area of experience essential for Band D]
    • Spectrometry
    • UV Photonics or optics
    • Microwave engineering (particularly high power)
    • Mechanical or electrical engineering
  • Good communication skills
  • Experience in working in an early-stage start-up
  • Experience in supporting the development of plans to commercialise new technologies


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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