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Vacuum Process Technician

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Daresbury, Warrington
£26,784 -£33,380
Closing date
16 Dec 2023

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Vacuum Process Technician
Salary: S1 Band B-C £26,784 -£33,380
Benefits: 30 days holiday + 8 bank holidays + 2.5 privilege days + exceptional defined average salary pension + excellent work life balance
Location: Daresbury Laboratory, Keckwick Ln, Daresbury, Warrington WA4 4AD
Contract: Open Ended
Closing date for applications: 07/01/2024


Come and do the kind of science that made you want to become a scientist. Explore the unknown and get to grips with the biggest challenges in Big Science. And, alongside world class engineers and technologists, use everything you've learnt to find real-answers that shape society and improve lives.

Put simply, discover the kind of impact you can make when you work with some of the best facilities and brightest scientists in the world.

STFC’s Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) mission is to build the ‘Big Science’ facilities of the future; we design, build and operate particle accelerators and make major contributions to many of the biggest projects in the world today, working with high-profile national and international partners. STFC encourage our staff to undertake world-leading work in a diverse and inclusive environment.

The Vacuum Solutions Group within ASTeC are looking for a vacuum process technician to work within our processing facility.

This interesting entry level role will provide exposure to practical experiences such as laboratory duties, mechanical assembly, plant/facility support, quality systems & health and safety, alongside building your personal skills in areas such as teamwork, networking, communication and listening.

Minimum of 5 GCSE with at least a C in Science and Maths, or equivalent 
Evidence of practical aptitude, ability to do ‘hands on’ tasks including mechanical assembly.
Experience of following specific work procedures to complete tasks and documenting progress as the task proceeds 
Evidence of good organising ability such as scheduling, workflow and prioritising.
Happy and confident holding conversations with a cross section of people
The ability to problem solve, use your own initiative and to ask for help and advice when needed 

The following additional skills are desirable (not essential),

Ability to read mechanical drawings
Can conduct and record scientific/technical tasks
Experience using scientific instruments
Operating mechanical equipment
Carrying out procurement tasks
Following and/or developing a Quality Management System
Experience in coordinating or scheduling the work of others

We offer a whole host of benefits including:
30 days holiday (plus 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 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.


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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