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Senior Network Engineer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire
£43,116 to £47,076 per annum
Closing date
3 Jul 2024

Job Details

Job Title: Senior Network Engineer

Salary: £43,116 to £47,076 per annum (dependent on skills and experience) A Specialist Allowance may be applicable for suitably qualified candidates

Hours: Full-Time

Contract Type: Up to 3 x Permanent Positions

Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire

This role requires SC Clearance- Please see end of role profile to see eligibility criteria


Come and do the kind of engineering that made you want to be an Engineer. Stretch your technical skills while building human understanding. 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 at your very best.

About Us

At the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), we are dedicated to supporting ground-breaking projects across various scientific disciplines, delivering economic, societal, scientific, and international benefits to the UK and its people. As part of UK Research and Innovation, we pride ourselves on equipping, encouraging, and inspiring our employees to perform at their very best.


• 30 days of holiday + 10.5 public/privilege days

• Flexible working arrangements, including hybrid home-based options

• Defined benefit pension scheme

• On-site childcare facility, tax-free childcare, and childcare vouchers.

• Employee discount site

• Access to a variety of social and sporting activities and societies

• Subsidized on-site restaurant

About the Role

Are you ready for a thrilling career opportunity within a world-leading science organisation? We are seeking a talented Senior Network Engineer to join our esteemed Digital Infrastructure team. If you have a passion for high-end networks and want to make a significant impact in a diverse department at the heart of UK science, this is the role for you.

You will have the opportunity to support and maintain STFC's IT Network, with a specific focus on firewall, routing, WI-FI, and security systems. As a Senior Network Engineer, you will leverage your extensive expertise in LAN and WAN, IP address management, firewalls, security access control systems to deliver innovative solutions and ensure network stability and security.

You will provide leadership, guidance, and expertise in supporting and maintaining crucial services within our network portfolio. This position may require travels to other STFC sites, as well as partner and supplier offices

This is a unique opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects and contribute to ground-breaking scientific advancements.

Key Responsibilities:

• Active participation for the support of STFC WAN, sites LAN, routing, WI-FI, firewall and network security, IPAM, network access control, and cloud telephony

• Collaborating with other teams to ensure IT systems and services meet evolving needs

• Project involvement and overseeing new service transitions

To excel in this role, you should possess:

Expertise in at least one of the following:

• Experience in Fortinet firewall management

• Experience in Extreme Cloud IQ WI-FI management system or equivalent and excellent knowledge of Network Access Control system (preferably Clearpass)

• Experience in routers and routing management

In addition, we highly value the following skills and experiences (minimum 3 required):

• Knowledge and experience in running multi-site network environments

• Experience managing and configuring Layer 2 and Layer 3 network switches with associated network services such as DNS and DHCP

• IP Address Management experience using Infoblox solutions or equivalent

• Experience in Fibres and Cable management

• Excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities

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.

What could you achieve with our world leading facilities and experts of one of Europe’s largest research organisations by your side?

Join us and discover what’s possible!

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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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