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Graduate Cryogenic Engineer - STFC

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Based at the STFC Daresbury Laboratory, ASTeC is the UK's centre of expertise for accelerator science and technology. ASTeC studies all aspects of the science and technology of charged particle accelerators, ranging from large scale international and national research facilities, through to specialised industrial and medical applications.

The RF and Cryogenics Group within ASTeC undertakes world class research and development programmes, including key contributions to the European Spallation Source (ESS), High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC), and Fermilab’s PIP-II program. The group undertakes research on both normal and superconducting accelerating technologies in support of these and many other projects.

As part of the UK's in-kind contribution to the ESS, STFC is responsible for the procurement, qualification, testing, and delivery of 84 high-beta superconducting RF cavities and for PIP-II is responsible for delivering 3 cryomodules including 18 high- beta superconducting RF cavities. These cavities, which accelerate the beam are to be RF tested at 2 K in a vertical test cryostat using a helium cryoplant which has been commissioned at Daresbury Laboratory. 

The group is also engaged in the development of associated technologies such as SRF thin films and superconducting undulators, which also require a strong skill base in cryogenics.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

The successful candidate will assist in the Cryogenic Operation for the  Vertical Test Facility and will be expected to:
•    Assist in implementation of operational and test procedures to provide safe and stable cryogenic environment  
•    Undertake operations like cryogen transfers, collating test results and ensuring the adherence of the Quality Control procedures. 
•    Assist in the development of cryogenics instrumentation and process control.
•    Assist in assembly and conducting acceptance tests of the Cryostat, Cryomodules and related experiments. 
•    Ensuring the health and safety within this area of work.
•    Preparing reports for the test results 
•    Participate in trouble shooting and improvement plans

We recruit on a rolling basis therefore we recommend you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis until our roles are filled.

In order to apply for this role you must have: 

  • Obtained your first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2019, 2020 or be due to receive it in 2021
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • The right to live and work in the UK 

Essential Criteria:    

  • Have demonstrated ability to independently undertake small technical projects/ scientific experiments 
  • Have analytical and technical abilities fulfilling the requirements for the job. 
  • Ability to provide creative ideas and cost effective solutions to challenging design problems 
  • Experience of writing technical papers or reports  
  • Extensive experience on a PC including the following applications; MS office and MathCad or equivalents 
  • Knowledge of CAD and/or automation systems 
  • Excellent practical and laboratory skills 

Desirable Criteria:

  • Relevant accelerator experience.
  • Experience in Cryogenic component and system design.  .
  • Superconducting RF /Magnet system experience.
  • Experience with Instrumentation and process controls.
  • Practical electronics skills
  • Strong knowledge of thermodynamics/properties of matter/heat transfer
  • Experience in MatLab, Labview or Sharepoint like systems
  • Aware of  health and safety needs in scientific environment 

Special Requirements:

  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively as part of a team. 
  • Good oral and written communication skills. 
  • Self-motivated. 
  • Willingness to contribute to published reports.
  • Flexible to adapt to new work challenges. 
  • Ability to work effectively with minimum supervision. 
  • Ability to prepare and present seminars and address meetings on current work.(I)Prepared to travel both within the UK and abroad.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and occasional shifts.


The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity-driven, 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.

One of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking 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.

For more information about STFC, please visit https://stfc.ukri.org/

How to Apply

Online applications only for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for STFC and the role you’re applying for. 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 your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

About UKRI

UK Research and Innovation brings together nine organisations to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at www.ukri.org.

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