ISIS Accelerator Operations Group Leader

ISIS is the world’s leading pulsed neutron and muon source for research in the physical and life sciences. Situated at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, the accelerator based facility provides research into physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering and biology and is the most productive research centre of its type in the world.

The ISIS Facility is manned 24/7 by dedicated engineers and technicians who are responsible for the safe operation of the £Multimillion particle accelerator and two target station complexes. To facilitate this shift teams are scheduled to work three eight hour weekday shifts and two twelve hour weekend shifts throughout the year.

Reporting to the Accelerator Division Head, the Accelerator Operations Group Leader will be responsible for leadership and management of the shift teams.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities

The ISIS Accelerator Operations Group is responsible for the overall operation of the machine, the aim being to ensure that proton beams can be delivered to the two neutron-producing targets with an availability of not less than 90%.

The Accelerator Operations Group Leader will be expected to:

  • lead and manage the Accelerator Operations Group;
  • ensure that shift teams play their part in allowing ISIS to meet its commitments, and that crew members are appropriately trained, awarded and motivated;
  • lead strategy to promote efficient and reliable operation of the ISIS accelerators
  • take responsibility for ensuring that ISIS Operating Instructions, Operations Notes, Safety Instructions and IRR99 Local Rules remain up-to-date and fit for purpose. Liaise with ISIS Facility Safety Officer and STFC Safety Health and Environment Group as appropriate
  • take responsibility for consistency of approach to log books, databases, lost time reports and MCR news
  • anticipate weaknesses in machine performance and take suitable action to mitigate
  • champion best practice and promote a continuous improvement culture
  • provide budget advice to the Accelerator Division Head as appropriate
  • deputise for the Accelerator Division Head as necessary
  • contribute to staff reviews as appropriate and as per established processes
  • perform any other reasonable and appropriate duties as requested by management.

Contacts and Communication

You should be able to:

  • communicate easily and effectively throughout ISIS Accelerator Division and beyond, as significant amounts of work cut across several groups within the division
  • communicate easily and effectively with other accelerator institutions and facilities both nationally and internationally.

Personal Skills and Attributes

You would be expected to have:

  • the ability to lead a large group of shift operatives, electrical and electronic engineers and technicians
  • considerable experience in the operation of a large scale accelerator facility. Good all-round knowledge of accelerator operations
  • a wide working knowledge of the hazards associated with a large facility, especially those arising from ionising/non-ionising radiation, high voltages/currents and magnetic fields
  • the ability to lead from the front, possess a pro-active ‘can do’ attitude and be self-motivated with the capacity to motivate others
  • excellent people management skills
  • a willingness to tackle a wide range of problems.

Other Relevant Information

You must be willing and able to:

  • become a classified radiation worker
  • attend out of standard hours on occasions to keep contact with shift teams
  • participate in an ‘on call’ system if and when required to do so
  • travel occasionally and present scientific papers.

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