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Mechanical Technician.

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Competitive D.O.E Plus Package
Closing date
24 Oct 2023

Job Details

Salary: £40,800 to £44,880 per annum (dependent on skills and experience). 
Hours: Full time 
Contract Type: Open Ended.
Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire 

Stretch your technical skills while building human understanding. Promote sustainability and create new materials. And, alongside world-leading scientists, technicians 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 Neutron and Muon Source is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford in the United Kingdom. Our suite of thirty-seven instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic and molecular scale. We support a national and international community of more than 3000 scientists for research into subjects ranging from clean energy and the environment, pharmaceuticals and health care, through to nanotechnology and materials engineering. At the heart of each of these instruments is a dedicated detector system which is tailored to meet the diverse range of instrument requirements.

Due to the scale and the variety of detector requirements, the ISIS Detector Systems Group is seeking an experienced mechanical technician to join the team creating state-of-the-art detectors for neutron and muon instruments at ISIS.

List of Duties / Work Programme / Responsibilities

In this role, you will develop expertise in the mechanical components and assembly of a wide range of neutron and positron detection technologies. You will also be an experienced, hands-on, mechanical technician with a good knowledge of workshop practices. You will contribute your skills and ideas to this exciting and highly dynamic team working on the cutting edge of detector technology. 

You will be:

  • Working both effectively and safely as part of a team and autonomously with minimal directional supervision.
  • Producing precision components to meet technical requirements from a combination of detailed specifications and your own creative input.
  • Responsible for developing the mechanical structure of detectors as well as techniques for their fabrication and assembly.
  • Working with detector scientists, design teams and project leaders to fulfil manufacturing requirements.
  • Responsible for delivering projects to completion.
  • Responsible for the management and safe operation of the small detector prototyping workshop.
  • Experienced in using conventional machines with a requirement to use hand inspection tools.
  • Liaising with internal and external manufacturers for procurement or production of complex parts.
  • 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.
  • Able to support the training of apprentices and staff.

Personal Skills and Attributes

You will be assessed on the basis of shortlisting (S) and Interview (I) criteria as follows:


  • Certified relevant Apprenticeship or significant work experience (S&I)
  • Understanding of Health and Safety practices in the workplace (S&I)
  • Proven track record in producing traditional and CNC machined components to drawing or CAD Model (S&I)
  • Experience with engineering design software such as CAD, solid edge or similar (S&I)
  • Good Interpersonal skills, particularly communication, listening, and problem solving (S&I)
  • Proven track record of documenting work and knowledge transfer. (S&I)



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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