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Technical Support Technician Apprentice

Science and Technology Facilities Council - UKRI
Didcot, Oxfordshire
£11,925 per annum rising incrementally to £18,402 in the fourth year
Closing date
7 Jul 2022

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Salary: £11,925 per annum rising incrementally to £18,402 in the fourth year
Hours: Full time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (4 years) 
Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire 
Closing Date: Sunday 10th July 2022
Interview Dates: Week Commencing Monday 11th July 2022

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has over 25 years’ experience in providing engineering apprenticeships and provides an excellent training ground to equip individuals with the relevant skills and experience. We offer a competitive salary that increases annually, 4 years supervised training and additional core skills development.

Our Technology Department provides technology, engineering and support to STFC’s current and future facilities and programmes and scientists across the world visit ISIS to carry out experiments that enable greater understanding to help solve global challenges. For example, exploring the next generation of battery technologies, looking at efficiency of drug delivery for cancer treatments and working to secure the food supply chain. 

This is a great opportunity to join the Technology Department as a Technical Support Technician Apprentice. You will join the Electronics System Design Group’s ISIS Support Team and take part in the testing, upgrades and maintenance of data acquisition electronics and associated equipment.

You will undertake a four year Level 3 Engineering Technician apprenticeship, following pathway 13: Technical Support Technician.

Summary of key duties & responsibilities

Years 1 and 2 will involve attending a local college on a day release basis to work towards academic qualifications.

During this 4 year apprenticeship, there will be the opportunity to learn about innovative pioneering electronics, from single integrated circuits to huge data acquisition systems. When fully assembled, these systems are used to conduct experiments by scientists from all over the world.

This apprentice will be responsible for:

  • Testing and fault-finding custom-made printed circuit boards (PCBs) using test equipment such as multimeters, oscilloscopes and function generators
  • Operating automated test rigs
  • Through-hole and surface mount solder assembly and rework
  • Producing low voltage electromechanical assemblies
  • Installing new equipment around the ISIS Experiment halls
  • Supporting the team’s engineers in responding to ISIS Instrument call-outs

Contacts and Communication
As an STFC Apprentice you will communicate with staff across STFC at all levels. You will work as part of a team as well as working on your own. You will also have contact with college tutors and visitors to the site.

Personal Skills and Attributes
We are looking for individuals who have or will have achieved 5 GCSE passes at Grade C/4 or above including Maths, English and a Science by September 2022. You must be self-motivated, enthusiastic about learning, hardworking and demonstrate a curiosity about engineering.
When submitting your CV and covering letter, you should address yourself to this person specification, demonstrating by example how you meet the criteria contained within. Please also include any other information which you feel is of relevance to your application.

In order for you apply for this apprenticeship, you will need to meet the following criteria: 

  • Achieved or predicted to achieve 5 GCSE passes at Grade C/4 or above including Maths, English and a Science by September 2022 (or equivalent qualifications) 
  • Interest in science, engineering, technology and electronics 
  • Ability to demonstrate some basic technical engineering knowledge and skill 
  • Ability to work using own initiative 
  • Ability to follow instructions including technical instructions in English 
  • Self-motivated, willing to undertake the work required with the training provider and in the workplace 
  • Able to work independently and within a team
  • Good communication skills 
  • Good problem solving skills 


  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office 
  • Knowledge of electronic circuit and component testing principles 

You are advised to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close this vacancy once we have received sufficient applications.

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.

For more information about STFC please visit 

You can also visit our careers site 


As part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) supports research in astronomy, physics and space science, and operates world-class research facilities for the UK.

Find Us
01793 442000
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Harwell Campus
OX11 0QX
United Kingdom
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