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Senior Electronics Electrical Engineer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire
£53,818 to £59,199 per annum
Closing date
19 May 2024

Job Details

Senior Electronics Electrical Engineer
Science and Technology Facilities Council
Salary: £53,818 to £59,199 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 

Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers, and business support teams explore the unknown and turn what they find into work that changes the world around us. Whether it’s discovering new materials, sending probes into space, or finding new ways to treat cancer, everyone here plays a vital role in making a positive difference to society. 

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. 

The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is home to one of the world’s leading research facilities, the ISIS neutron spallation source. ISIS uses neutrons to probe the structure of matter to the atomic level. Our scientists carry out 1000s of experiments every year on samples from simple and complex compounds to new alloys, to superconducting materials, to pharmaceuticals and biological samples. The work at ISIS also includes testing engineering fabrication and new engineering materials, as well as the effects of radiation on electronics.

The ISIS Electrical and Electronic User Support Group (EEUSG) is offering an exciting opportunity to lead our Project Development section. This team already enjoys success with a diverse portfolio of electronic & electrical projects that support the work of our scientists. This sections work plays a key role in the success of all experiments carried out at ISIS.

About you

You will have a background in electronic/electrical system development and be keen to build on your managerial and leadership skills. You will have gained experience of leading teams and engineers within an electronic workshop environment, and you will have a keen interest in research & development projects.

Responsibilities and opportunities include:

•    Technical supervision and leadership of the Project Development Section.  
•    Overseeing the section’s project management workflow and ensuring the work of the section adheres to the principles set out in the ISIS Project Management Framework.
•    Taking part in project design reviews with customers and stakeholders.
•    Leading your own technical projects, thus strengthening your technical skill base.
•    Presenting clear and informative feedback on the status of the section’s project work at progress meetings.
•    Showcasing the work of the section at conferences and workshops both in the UK and internationally. (Travel to conference and workshops, in the UK and overseas, is fully supported and encouraged). 
•    Overseeing all training and personal development of the Project Development Section staff, including our graduate and apprentice placement students.
•    Providing guidance on all health and safety matters within the workplace. 

Person Specification
The following criteria will be assessed at shortlisting (S), interview (I), or both (S&I)

  • Qualified to degree level, or equivalent, in Electronics or Electronics & Electrical Engineering or have significant experience in electronics/electrical work (S)
  • Be able to describe individual and team contributions to electronic/electrical projects that show a high level of technical abilities and achievements (S&I)
  • Will have gained leadership and management experience of an electronics/electrical team (S&I)
  • Will have project management experience and be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of project management practices (S&I)
  • Will have an appreciation of safety in the workplace and the common practices employed to ensure the well-being of staff (I)

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

  • 30 days holiday (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.

Link to more benefits:

UKRI is an Equal Opportunity & Disability Confident Employer.

We ask some of the biggest questions in the universe, to answer some of the biggest challenges in the world. Whatever our role, we have the freedom to explore, learn and connect, as part of a community that loves to share knowledge and support one another. 

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) 

The STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world. 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake ground-breaking projects in an outstanding diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving progressive advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale. 

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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. 

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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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