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Graduate Mechatronics Design Engineer

Salary:
24,459 P.A. ?
Location:
Didcot
Company:
Science and Technology Facilities Council

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Brief Description

Salary: £26,932
Grade: UKRI - C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 17th November 2019
Interview Date: Interviews will be held at one of our assessment centres: 12th and 16th December 2019 and 21st and 28th January 2020

STFC - ISIS - Graduate Mechatronics Design Engineer

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, technology and Engineering. For more information on STFC please view one of our videos - https://youtu.be/k9gaDSDzRQQ

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.

Our graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to a new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for graduates with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these. See all our current graduate vacancies here.

The ISIS Neutron Source

The ISIS neutron and muon source is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences. Our suite of neutron and muon instruments gives unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. Professional engineers maintain and enhance the facility to ensure it remains a world leading facility

Opportunities exist within the ISIS Design Division for Graduate Mechatronics Engineers. The positions will provide a unique opportunity for a wide variety of design, analysis and project engineering experiences associated with high precision moving equipment. The diverse nature of the facility is mirrored in its variety of engineering systems. Motion control is an extremely important part of the ISIS facility, sitting at the heart of many of our instrument systems, and in other areas, requiring strong integration with other mechanical, electrical and scientific systems. The components used range from large industrial motors to miniature actuators and sensors. Most projects at the STFC ISIS facility are one-off special designs.

Summary of Key Duties:

* To deliver engineering solutions for scientific requirements
* To be involved in each aspect of the delivery process from engineering concept, design, procurement, installation/commissioning, testing to final reporting.

Responsibilities:

* Produce concepts, designs and engineering drawings through the use of 2D & 3D CAD systems
* Create and manage specifications based on customer requirements
* Produce calculations to validate designs
* Present designs for peer and stakeholder review
* Present work both in writing and verbally to a wide range of audiences
* Procure manufactured items and bought out components
* Program Motion Control Units using IEC 61131 and specific controller languages.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience required

* Highly motivated, innovative and inquisitive
* Strong ability to think creatively
* Willing to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
* Ability to work independently
* Ability to read and understand technical information
* Ability to communicate well both technically and non-technically
* Ability to produce good written work and reports
* Understanding of the mechanical elements of design along with electrical and software control techniques
* Basic understanding of Machinery Directive and risk assessment
* Should be available for short overseas visits and occasional periods away from home in the UK (courses, seminars, etc.).

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners 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.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting Criteria:

Essential:

* Obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018, 2019 or be due to receive it in 2020
* Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above in a relevant discipline
* The right to live and work in the UK.

Desirable:

* MEng in highly relevant degree discipline
* Degree is IMechE/IET Accredited for CEng
* Some industrial experience
* Motion project experience during degree or industrial experience.

Interview Criteria:

Essential:

* Individual and Team Project working during degree
* Good technical understanding of the fundamentals of engineering
* Ability to read and understand technical information
* Ability to communicate well, both technically and non-technically
* Ability to produce good, clear written communications.

* Current starting salary of £26,932, plus annual incremental increase, a £1,000 welcome bonus and a £2,000 salary increase after the first year
* Subject to performance you will be promoted after two years with us, resulting in a further salary increase
* STFC’s Graduate scheme is accredited by: the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Physics. STFC is also organisational member of the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT
* You’ll get the chance to work on cutting-edge projects with international collaborators
* STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege holidays, flexible working hours and an exceptional pension scheme
* Every graduate is provided with a mentor to help support them through the graduate scheme and to become chartered.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

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 2018, 2019 or be due to receive it in 2020
* Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
* The right to live and work in the UK.

Please apply online only. Please submit a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role.

Please ensure that your name and the IRC reference are included in the file name description of each document uploaded. Please also state where you saw this role advertised. No Agencies.

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 assessment centres are filled.

The assessment centre for this vacancy will be in December 2019 or January 2020 and will be held at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

Closing Date: 17th November 2019

To find out more about our graduate assessment process please visit: http://www.stfccareers.co.uk/careers/graduates/

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