Project Manager

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Didcot, UK
£39748.0 - £44166.0 per annum
Closing date
21 Jun 2023

Job Details

Project Manager (Science Research Infrastructure Projects)

Salary: £39,748 to £44,166 per annum, pro rata if Part Time (dependent on skills and experience)

Hours: Full time or Part time considered

Contract Type: Open Ended

Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire

Closing Date: Wednesday 21st June 2023

Together, our scientist, technologists, engineers and business 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 RAL Particle Physics Project Office manages many of the UK's national and international particle physics research-infrastructure projects. The resulting experiments contribute to fundamental understanding of the building blocks of the universe in a field where only few people in the world have such enviable access. As project manager you will manage one or more of a wide range of these UK projects. Our growing portfolio includes DUNE, Hyper-K, CMS, SWIFT-HEP, LHCb, AIT and AION.

The role requires sound knowledge and experience in project management but does not require a scientific or technical background. We therefore welcome applicants from a scientific or technical field or an applicant from a completely different field. Both of whom we believe would bring valuable skills to the role in different ways.

As Project Manager, you will work alongside the Principal Investigator to ensure that UK contributions are delivered most appropriately to the international projects. The projects are mostly waterfall in nature but have elements of agile. They involve the definition, design, construction, co-ordination, delivery and commissioning of significant technical and scientific contributions to international experiments, ranging from mechanical hardware (such as large detector components), civil engineering (underground tunnels) through state-of-the-art electronics to software for experiment control and data analysis. You will ensure that suitable management of the project is in place to enable reliable planning and informed decision making to provide accurate and informative reporting through the use and maintenance of appropriate project tools. A rigorous approach to formal project management is essential and an ability to analytically interpret, record and present project plans, risks and performance data to investigate project issues is vital.

Not only is this an exciting role at the forefront of science and technology in some of the most complex and exciting projects in the world today, but you will also gain excellent experience of formal project management in a collaborative environment. The role gives considerable scope for personal and professional development as well as further training, aiming to reach Chartered Project Professional within a suitable time frame.

Person Specification

Candidates should be careful to outline in their cover letter how they meet the specifications. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.


  • Project management qualification equivalent to APM PMQ;
  • A bachelors degree (or equivalent) in a numerate subject;
  • Experience of delivering projects as project manager;
  • Up-to-date understanding and evidence of applying formal project management methods, controls and processes;
  • Demonstrable excitement for our projects;
  • Strong communication and personal skills, good writing style (cover letter), experience of comprehensive reporting and presenting, ability to integrate into a highly collaborative and semi-structured environment. Pragmatic and flexible approach;
  • Analytical approach with confidence in the use of project scheduling and analytical tools;
  • Commitment to continuous improvement and to be challenged;
  • Ability to undertake some travel within the UK and perhaps abroad.

Employee Benefits:

We are offering a permanent position with a whole host of benefits including:

  • 30 days holiday (in addition to 10.5 bank holidays and privilege days);
  • Flexible working hours;
  • An excellent defined average salary pension scheme;
  • Employee shopping/travel discounts;
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities.

We are committed to sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. We are invested in creating an environment that is welcoming and supportive of all, to help us achieve the highest possible standards in our work and organisation together. In this regard, we encourage applications from under-represented groups.

We ask some of the biggest questions in the universe, to answer some of the biggest challenges in the world. Whatever our role, we have the freedom to explore, learn and connect, as part of a community that loves to share knowledge and support one another.

As one of Europe's largest research organisations, this is a place where there's always something new to learn - about the world around us, about your career, but most of all, about yourself.

Join us and discover what's possible.


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

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Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
OX11 0QX

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