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Infrastructure Engineer

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Salary: £25,702 to £34,709 per annum (depending on skills and experience) Plus an additional generic role-based allowance up to £2000 PA Rutherford Appleton laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire Permanent Full time


The UK has invested £99m in the National Satellite Test Facility (NSTF) within STFC, in construction at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Harwell, Oxfordshire. This facility, along with the existing facilities, will provide a world class set of co-located facilities for the final integration and testing of space payloads and satellites used for Earth Observation, Astronomy or even to explore other astronomical bodies such as the Moon, or Mars.

Job Description

We are looking for one Infrastructure Engineer and one Junior Infrastructure Engineer to work within the RAL Space Environmental Test Division. Both roles will involve working as part of a small team to support the operation of the existing and future infrastructure. The current facilities, spread across two buildings, include multiple cleanrooms, fixed cranes and mobile handling equipment and the new NSTF facilities will expand that offering. You will be split between working in a cleanroom environment and an office or light industrial environment, depending on the task at hand.

STFC has a centralised maintenance function who will perform scheduled and reactive maintenance on the vast majority of the building systems required to operate the facilities. You will work closely with them to ensure maintenance is scheduled at a time where disruption of services provided to users is minimised, and to ensure they have appropriate and safe access to the areas they need.

You will work within a well-defined Quality Management System (QMS), which places specific requirements on record keeping and the regularity of tasks. Therefore, attention to detail and dedication to see a task though to the end is paramount. 

The Infrastructure team is required to cover the core operating hours of the facilities, 08:00 to 18:00 5 days a week so you will need to adopt a flexible working pattern to ensure that customer requirements can be met within this time.

Personal specification


The following criteria for the band C Junior Infrastructure Engineer will be assessed

·      Good logistical skills and resource management

·      Ability to produce basic technical and safety risk assessments in-line with legislation

·      Ability to follow written procedures and produce relevant documentation

·      Experience in the supervision of contractors.


Additionally, for the band D Infrastructure Engineer you will have:

·      Good understanding of building services and infrastructure

·      Ability to produce technical procedures in line with the Quality System requirements

·      Ability to produce sophisticated technical and safety risk assessments in-line with legislation and review assessments produced by others.



STFC recognizes and values employees as individuals and provides a rewards and benefit package including a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance, plus 10.5 public and privilege days and a number of other benefits.

The Closing date 30th January 2022