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Muons & Intermediate target section leader

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Harwell, Didcot, UK
£39,748 - £44,166 per annum, relocation package available.
Posting live until
31 Jan 2023

Job Details

Muons & Intermediate target section leader Salary: £39,748 - £44,166 per annum, relocation package available.
Hours: Full time/Part Time
Contract Type: Open Ended
Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire

Together our scientists, technologists, engineers, and business support team explore the unknown and turn what they find into work that changes the world around us. Whether it’s sending probes into space or finding new ways to treat cancer, everyone here plays a vital role in making a positive difference to society. Come and discover how much you can achieve when you’re surrounded by world-leading experts, encouraged to constantly learn and empowered to explore your curiosity.

The ISIS neutron and muon source at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire is a world-leading research center which uses beams of neutrons and muons to study the atomic-level properties of materials. The ISIS Target Operations Group runs two target stations to provide neutrons for users, as well as a third target which produces muons.

The successful candidate will lead the team directly and will work on projects comprising of many different sections and groups. They will be responsible for the whole Muon suite including the RIKEN Cryogenic system, The Intermediate Target, the maintenance of the 7 individual Muon ports, and installing / upgrading the facilities. This involves managing specialist functions, dealing with specific complex areas of work covered by many different safety legislation and managing projects. 


  • Organize and plan collaborations with other muon and ISIS staff. All mechanical maintenance activities related to Muon operations Take an essential role in the on-call system Operating the Cryogenic systems Ensuring specialist knowledge transfer of the Muon beamlines is past on Monitor and maintain the intermediate target systems Leading installations and upgrades as required. Contribute operational expertise to intermediate target projects and the Endeavor program Maintain running systems including water cooling, ventilation, gas handling, vacuum systems, laser experimental equipment and cryogenic plant.

Essential Criteria:

  • Knowledge and experience in developing and maintaining safe systems of work Experience of leading a team and developing staff Experience of contributing technically in a multi-disciplinary engineering environment Willingness to work in controlled radiation and contamination areas and to be a classified radiation worker. Minimum of ONC or equivalent in a mechanical engineering subject area. Full mechanical engineering apprenticeship, or equivalent, ideally with experience in industry. Have a good understanding of fundamental mechanical engineering principles, such as machining, materials and assembly

UKRI is an Equal Opportunity and Disability Confident Employer

We ask some of the biggest questions in the universe, to answer some of the biggest challenges in the world. Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers, and business-support team explore the unknown across every field you could think of. And they turn what they find into work that changes the world around us.

What could you achieve with the world-leading facilities and experts of one of Europe's largest research organisations by your side? Join us and discover what's possible. 

Closing date: Tuesday 31st January 2023


STFC imageAt the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), research is driven by practical applications and a curiosity to create a world-leading hub of scientific and engineering excellence. Our science and facilities enable researchers to answer fundamental questions about the nature of the universe. Success typically requires long-term strategic investment, international collaboration on a global scale and the capability to push the limits of technology and engineering. To remain internationally competitive in our areas of science and to keep our facilities at the leading edge, we have to develop bespoke technology that cannot be reliably sourced on the open market, for example in detectors and instrumentation, accelerators, specialist engineering, optics and e-infrastructure. These technologies are often also applied to address broader societal and industrial challenges and we actively promote their translation and commercialization.

Why work for us
When you join STFC, you become a key part of one of Europe’s largest research organizations. We are trusted to support, enable, and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields that you could be a part of. With access to our world-class facilities, people like you are helping us to drive ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology.

  • The Particle Physics Department (PPD) is one of the largest particle physics groups in the UK. We design, construct and operate some of the most sensitive scientific instruments in the world, collaborating with partners in academia, industry and international laboratories such as CERN. We currently work with the ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, DUNE, Hyper-K, T2K, MICE, Lux-Zeplin, DEAP-3600, CERN RD50, Electron Ion Collider and AION collaborations.
  • The National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) is a £93m UKRI investment over five years based at the Harwell Campus. This is a strategic element within the overall £1bn, 10-year investment into quantum technologies made by the UK since 2014.

Our benefits

  • 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days.
  • Flexible or hybrid working may be available dependent on role.
  • Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%).
  • Sport and social groups across campus with access to an on-site gym.

For more information on all of our employee benefits, visit

Who we are looking for
The UK has a world-class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the World Wide Web. Therefore it is vital for us to have the best people at all levels throughout UKRI. We want to continue to attract a mix of talented professionals, scientists and engineers.


Number of employees
STFC has 2594 staff members across the UK and UKRI has approx. 8000

Main areas of research
Our work encompasses everything from the physical, biological and social
sciences, to innovation, engineering, medicine, the environment, as well as arts and the humanities

Positions recently recruited for
Electronic engineers, data scientists, research associates CMS/DUNE, research associate on electron ion collider (EiC), ion trap physicists

Desired degree disciplines/class
A STEM degree

How to apply
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Closing date
All year round

Quantum physics and computing vacancies: E-mail
Particle physics vacancies: E-mail

Company info
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
OX11 0QX

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