Vacuum Scientist

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Refence Number: 220001D6

Come and do the kind of science that made you want to become a scientist. Explore the unknown and get to grips with the biggest challenges. And, alongside world class engineers and technologists, use everything you’ve learnt to find real-answers that shape society and improve lives.

Put simply, discover the kind of impact you can make when you work with some of the best facilities and brightest scientists in the world.

STFC’s Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) mission is to build the ‘Big Science’ facilities of the future; we design, build and operate particle accelerators and make major contributions to many of the biggest projects in the world today, working with high-profile national and international partners. STFC encourage our staff to undertake world-leading work in a diverse and inclusive environment.

The Vacuum Solutions Group (VSG) are looking to recruit a Vacuum Scientist to be part of the R&D team for particle accelerators.   The role includes devising scientific experiments to measure the performance of a range of vacuum diagnostics, gauges and pumps, alongside testing new developments in the vacuum market that will enhance accelerator vacuum performance.

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Perform practical ‘hands-on’ tasks and oversee mechanical installation, assembly and commissioning tasks on complex vacuum systems
  • Carry out research programmes on a range of vacuum topics including outgassing of materials and calibration of vacuum diagnostics, gauges and pumps.
  • Understanding the mechanisms of gas sorption/desorption on surfaces and measurement of outgassing
  • Modelling the behaviour of vacuum systems by using advanced computational techniques
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team of vacuum technicians, engineers and scientists.  Forming collaborative relationships with subject experts across multiple disciplines seeking advice when required
  • Write reports & scientific papers, present your work to peers and collaborators at internal, national and international meetings & learn and further self-develop in the field of accelerator science and technologies
  • The candidate will have a keen interest in gas dynamics, kinetic theory and have a passion to do practical based research, have demonstrable experience of laboratory safety and be comfortable & confident working as part of a team whilst carrying out your own research tasks with minimal supervision


  • Minimum of a Masters in Physics/Chemistry/Engineering or relevant science degree
  • Evidence of practical aptitude, ability to do ‘hands on’ tasks (S&I)
  • Knowledge and experience of some or all of the following:-
  • Vacuum systems; scientific instruments; data collection and analysis. (S&I)
  • Experience of scientific research relevant to the role (S&I)
  • Good technical communication skills and ability to work using own initiative (S&I)

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.

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we ask the biggest questions in the universe to find answers that change the world around us. We seek understanding. We’re proud of the impact we make. And we’re committed to helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy. Being part of all this means contributing to work that pushes boundaries and creates possibilities. You’ll work with, and learn from, true experts. Whatever your role, you’ll be free to question, and encouraged to share ideas. And, in a positive and supportive culture, you’ll discover just what a difference you can make when you’re equipped and inspired to excel.

We’re a place where curious minds thrive. Not bound by profit, we explore ideas that others don’t, ask questions that others won’t, and discover answers that others are not equipped to find. And, alongside Mars landings and black holes, we also explore diverse, international projects in everything from science and engineering to computing and technology. Whether it’s at the cutting edge or behind the scenes, our work is intellectually challenging. It’s very often ground-breaking.  And it’s endlessly, irresistibly fascinating.

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.

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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