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Junior Security Analyst 

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Rutherford Laboratory, Didcot, Oxfordshire
£28,498 - £29,922 gross per annum 
Closing date
10 Mar 2024

Job Details

Job Title: Junior Security Analyst 
Salary: £28,498 - £29,922 gross per annum 
Hours: Full -Time, Onsite (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working after an agreed induction period is completed)

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Rutherford Laboratory, Didcot, Oxfordshire

Due to the requirement of obtaining an enhanced security clearance for this role, we are only able to accept applications from persons who have been resident in the UK for the last 5 years. 

Interviews will be held week commencing 18th March 2024

Together, our scientist, technologists, engineers and business support team explore the unknown and turn what they find into work that changes the world around us. 

Come and discover how much you can achieve when you’re surrounded by world-leading experts, encouraged to constantly learn and empowered to explore your curiosity.

We are seeking to recruit a Junior Security Analyst to join the Cybersecurity & Governance Team within the Digital Infrastructure department. 
STFC’s Digital Infrastructure department provides the infrastructure and enterprise services that underpin STFC’s programme activities. The departments project portfolio includes projects across a number of disciplines including IT Security, Networks, Applications, Telephony, Cloud, Infrastructure, Data Management and High Performance Computing. 

You will be part of a wider Cybersecurity and Governance Team operating within a Digital Infrastructure and across STFC. You will be responsible for essential proactive cybersecurity monitoring. These roles will also play a key role in the continuous improvement and monitoring of cybersecurity tools. 

Role Responsibilities:

•    Support cyber security monitoring and delivery activity within STFC.  This includes contributing towards the development and implementation of Information Security processes, and user guidance. 
•    Responsibility for the security of STFC's Digital infrastructure by proactively analysing security threats/challenges/risks to the environment, including conducting penetration testing and compliance reviews.
•    Responsibility for monitoring of Information Security and information management to ensure compliance.  Including reviewing and monitoring system and network logs for malicious activity or unacceptable use. 
•    Support all activities for the resolution of information security incidents by investigation and research and critical review to produce recommendations for their team leader / manager.
•    Responsibility for problem solving, using industry standard methods.  There is scope to utilise innovative & adaptive thinking, including offering advice on technical issues and more complex fault diagnosis. 
•    Resolution of customer and staff cyber security management issues, improving services to increase quality.
•    Representing the department internally or externally, including deputising for more senior grade.
•    Collaborating with other DI teams, and across STFC, through the lifecycle of IT services and applications, ensuring robust information security and compliance is achieved. 
•    Engaging with all staff, via a variety of platforms / communication channels, to provide advice, guidance and awareness activities on cyber security issues. 

You’ll have the opportunity to develop your digital skills, experience and professional technical knowledge in cybersecurity.

Person Specification:

•    A relevant cyber security qualification or relevant subject matter / industry experience.  (STFC will fund one relevant professional body membership).
•    ITIL Foundation level or prepared to undertake online certification within 12 months (instructor led virtual training class and exam fee funded by STFC).
•    Cyber operations knowledge / experience across the Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover domains.  As examples, monitoring, vulnerability management, end point management, and participation in monitoring, threat detection, response and recovery teams.
•    Good knowledge and relevant experience performing at least one of technical roles, endpoint security, asset management, MS windows / Linux / Apple system admin, mobile device management (IOS / Android), and cloud or on-premises servers / data back-up.
•    An awareness of the role of Information Security standards, legislation and practices, such as GDPR & Data Protection Act 2018.
•    Experience in dealing with Information Security matters ideally within an ITIL based team. 
•    Able to think creatively to solve problems, comfortable working as a team where there is a fast pace of technology change.

The current cybersecurity and Governance team are located across STFC’s two sites (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Daresbury Laboratory). The new positions will be advertised as based at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Harwell and at the Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire. Both roles will have a requirement for some infrequent travel between sites. 

Our Benefits:

Our Benefits include a flexible working scheme (subject to business requirements), Defined benefit pension scheme, and 30 days annual leave allowance plus 10.5 bank holiday/privilege days and several other benefits. 

SC Clearance

The post you are applying for attracts a National Security Vetting clearance, there are further eligibility requirements, for further details at:

To meet national security vetting requirements, you will normally need to have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years for CTC, 5 years for SC and 10 years for DV prior to the date of application. All DV posts are required to be UK Nationals. 

You may still be considered if, for example: 
•    You've been serving overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of HM Government
•    You were studying abroad 
•    You were living overseas with parent. 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, this is a place where there’s always something new to learn – about the world around us, about your career, but most of all, about yourself. 

Join us and Discover what's possible!

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we ask the biggest questions in the universe to find answers that change the world around us. We seek understanding. We’re proud of the impact we make. And we’re committed to helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy. Being part of all this means contributing to work that pushes boundaries and creates possibilities. You’ll work with, and learn from, true experts. Whatever your role, you’ll be free to question, and encouraged to share ideas. And, in a positive and supportive culture, you’ll discover just what a difference you can make when you’re equipped and inspired to excel.

We’re a place where curious minds thrive. Not bound by profit, we explore ideas that others don’t, ask questions that others won’t, and discover answers that others are not equipped to find. And, alongside Mars landings and black holes, we also explore diverse, international projects in everything from science and engineering to computing and technology. Whether it’s at the cutting edge or behind the scenes, our work is intellectually challenging. It’s very often ground-breaking.  And it’s endlessly, irresistibly fascinating.

For more information about STFC please visit 

You can also visit our careers site 

About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation. 

More information can be found at  

Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.  For more details, visit benefits of working for UKRI.

The role holder will be required to have the appropriate level of security screening/vetting required for the role.  UKRI reserves the right to run or re-run security clearance as required during the course of employment.

How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’

Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.  

How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 


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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