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Graduate Vacuum Processing Engineer

Scheme at Science & Technology Facilities Council

Graduate Vacuum Processing Engineer

Scheme at Science & Technology Facilities Council

  • LocationWarrington, UK
  • Position levelScheme
  • Job period iconFull-time employment
  • Application deadline iconPosted on 13 Sep, 2018
  • Start date iconStart date:
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  • Competitive£ 26,560.0 per year

The organisation

STFC’s Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) undertakes particle accelerator research for current and future ‘Big Science’ facilities. We work on numerous high profile projects with national and international partners, such has CERN, DESY and ESS. The vacuum solutions group within ASTeC is a small multidisciplinary team of experts focused on delivering a wide range of projects. The main function of the team is to deliver vacuum system design and build for particle accelerator projects and to carry out the necessary research & development associated with delivering world class facilities. This includes contributing to projects such as the Compact Linear Accelerator for Research and Applications (CLARA), the European Spallation Source (ESS), the High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) upgrade and the Extreme Light Infrastructure for Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP).

The Vacuum Solutions Group provides vacuum engineering expertise in the manufacture, cleaning, heat treatment, Residual Gas Analysis, leak testing and commissioning of complex experimental equipment, along with ongoing operational support and fault finding for particle accelerators and within work packages for other departments and scientific facilities. Vacuum engineering is a fundamental part of accelerator build & operation, the vacuum support laboratory within the Engineering Technology Centre (ETC), provides complete vacuum processing capabilities and is complemented by low particulate clean rooms within the Daresbury Engineering Technology Centre.

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Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

You will share our passion for applying programming and problem solving to science and technology. You will be excited by the challenge and looking for an opportunity to immerse yourself in a new enterprise where you can play an active and important role in delivering high quality systems and developing new systems and processes. You will be able to work well within a multidisciplinary team as well as working independently on their own.

This role over the period of the graduate scheme is focused primarily on vacuum engineering with particular emphasis on the processing requirements of vacuum components to meet clear specifications for installation in particle accelerators; the verification of specifications, control of contaminants and meticulous recording of data as part of an ISO9001 Quality Management System. You will spend a significant part of their time working in the Vacuum Support Laboratory located in the ETC.

Duties/Work Programme includes:

  • Work as part of a team of vacuum technicians, vacuum engineers and vacuum scientists
  • Inspection of vacuum components
  • Processing of vacuum components through a multistage processing system that includes some large cleaning tanks and high tech instrumentation
  • Building and repairing complex vacuum instrumentation and control systems
  • Testing, evaluating and reporting on new vacuum products and equipment available in the market place

Job requirements:

To be assessed at Shortlisting (S), Interview (I) or Both (S&I)

  • Obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018 or be due to receive it in 2019 (S)
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above (S&I)
  • The right to live and work in the UK (S)
  • Evidence of practical aptitude, ability to do ‘hands on’ tasks (I)
  • Knowledge and experience of some or all of the following:- analytical systems; scientific instruments; data collection and analysis. (S&I)
  • Computer skills: good working knowledge of MS Office products (Word, Access, Excel, Project etc.) (I)
  • Excellent reasoning skills and ability (I)
  • Good communication skills and team working capabilities (I)
  • Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned with a willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical (I)
  • Willingness to contribute to the vacuum solutions group research projects (I)
  • Ability to follow processes and procedures without deviation. (S&I)
  • Ability to work using own initiative, be proactive with a determination to learn new skills (I)
  • High level of drive, enthusiasm and focus on achieving goals. (S&I)


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