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About Us
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.

STFC’s ISIS Neutron and Muon facility is a leading centre of material science excellence. The facility performs cutting edge research into the structure and properties of materials at an atomic and molecular level. It is the most productive research centre of its type in the world. Each year we welcome around 2000 visiting scientists who complete over 600 experiments.

About The Role
The Experimental Operations Division has a vacancy for a Technical Manager to provide operational support to the neutron and muon instruments. With a creative flair and an enthusiastic and energetic approach, the successful candidate will also be responsible for the delivery of upgrades to the ISIS instrument suite.

You will manage a team of seven technical staff, and lead installation project teams of contractors and technical experts too. The role requires strong leadership capability, effective time management, prioritisation and delegation skills. You must inspire, motivate, support and coach your teams, applying best practice and a continuous improvement philosophy as well as introducing new concepts and innovations.

Further duties will include:

  • Maintain oversight of shutdown management
  • Managing and organising technical effort to trouble shoot failures on neutron and muon beamlines
  • Project management (including scheduling, budgets, planning and reporting).
  • Managing both internal staff and external technical effort.
  • Coordinating the activities of various different technical disciplines to achieve the required outcome.
  • Assist your group with tendering, procurement of equipment and contracted out work.

About You
You will have a formal scientific or engineering qualifications and relevant experience.

High quality communication, interpersonal and influencing skills are essential for your interactions with STFC staff at all levels. In your role, you will develop a thorough understanding of scientific requirements and use that knowledge to guide engineers and technical staff in delivering reliable, robust and operable instrumentation.

You will need to be able to develop the expertise that enables you to not only understand day-to-day operational demands, but also to apply operational strategies in a constantly changing leading edge scientific facility.

You should also demonstrate:

  • A background in Research and Development, Engineering or Operations within high technology organisations or national scientific laboratories.
  • A track record of coordinating a number of different technical disciplines across a broad range of tasks to achieve overall project goals.
  • Experience of Project Management either as an individual, or by managing the work of others.
  • Experience in producing solutions to meet common mechanical and scientific needs.
  • Experience of people management.

An exceptional index linked pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexi-time are offered. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

To Apply
Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please visit our job board at

Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000.

Source: CERN Courier jobs

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