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Technician - Detector Build

220000HY Requisition #

Science and Technology Facilities Council

Salary: £25,702 - £27,938 or £31,931 - £34,709 per annum (dependent on skills and experience). A Specialist Allowance of up to £2,000 per annum is also available for this role. 
Contract Type: Open Ended
Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire.
Hours: Full Time (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)

About us 

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations and part of UKRI (United Kingdom Research & Innovation). Through combining world-class facilities with some of the world’s most talented staff, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and engineering.

STFC’s Manufacturing Facility provides advanced technology and engineering in support of STFC’s funded activities and other high-profile international projects. We offer expertise in conceptual design and simulation, from prototyping and manufacture, to build, testing, installation, and commissioning.

At STFC you will be part of a community of experts who are driving science and technology forward. Our incredible diversity of research, technology and engineering projects truly fire the imagination and lead to real-world solutions which shape societies and transform lives. We give you the flexibility, freedom, and the world-class facilities to focus on what you do best and playing your part in achievements that will give you lifelong pride.

We have an opportunity within the Technology Department’s Manufacturing Facility where the successful candidate will be working as part of an already established team, helping to strengthen manufacturing resource, to further support all departments within the STFC.

About the Role

As a trusted member of the manufacturing facilities, detector build you will be working in a small team engaging with design and end user scientists to build beam line detectors for ISIS Neutron and Muon Source Technology.

You will receive the training to allow you to build the detectors including fibre optic installation and sequence coding in a dedicated workspace. To support you to work both effectively and safely as part of a team, and on your own with minimal directional supervision.

The main focus of the role will be to produce detectors in line with the scheduled deliveries, to specification. This will require focus and attention to the detail.

On occasion there will be a requirement to support the build of proto type detectors pre-production build, which will  require you to collaborate closely with colleagues at all levels, advising on best practice and recommending ways of overcoming build obstacles.

Finally, there may be a requirement for you to support the training of apprentices and less experienced staff.

Person Specification

Essential for lower salary band

•    Proven experience of detailed assembly build.
•    Understanding of Health and Safety regulations in the workplace.
•    Good interpersonal skills, particularly communication, listening, and problem-solving.
•    Proven attention to detail.
•    Demonstrate strong sense of conduct, responsibility, and reliability.
Desirable for lower salary band, Essential for higher salary band

•    Certified Mechanical/Engineering Apprenticeship.
•    Previous experience in detector build and assembly.


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. 

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.

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. 

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