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2000006J Requisition #

Microtarget Fabricator 

Closing 7th March 2021

The Central Laser Facility (CLF) is always at the forefront of new laser technology and to support its facilities it has an embedded world-class target fabrication group that enables a wide range of experimental campaigns by designing and assembling micro structures for laser interactions. Operating the Vulcan laser system and also currently building the state of the art EPAC facility, the group is tasked with delivery of both complex targets and targets at a high repetition rate. To achieve this, we are looking for a skilled target fabricator at any stage of their career to be a part of our friendly and enthusiastic team. 

As part of UK Research and Innovation, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations and operates at a number of sites within the UK, including RAL and many more around the world. RAL is home to about 1,800 staff that work with a community of more than 10,000 scientists and engineers mainly from the research sector, which spans the scientific spectrum including energy, security, materials, healthcare, life-sciences and the environment to address important challenges facing society. 

Alongside an excellent working environment and comprehensive continued professional development STFC offer’s a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, an exceptional career average defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies. Full details can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

About the role

A vacancy exists in the CLF Target Fabrication group for a Microtarget Fabricator. This role will be integral to the delivery program and you will be responsible for the manufacture and assembly of the micro-components that constitute the laser target (the scientific package of the experiment). Working in a clean room environment and assembling components to tight tolerances using optical microscopes and fixtures you will provide day to day support to the experimental groups, working closely with them to manufacture and modify assemblies to achieve the scientific aims.

You will be able to work calmly under pressure, have excellent dexterity, accuracy and the ability to concentrate on fine details. You will have good communication skills to liaise with experimental groups. 

An understanding of the challenges faced in handling and assembling micro- and nanometre sized components is fundamental to the work. The fabrication and production processes for sub-components and assembled targets include techniques such as thin-film coating and experience in this would be desirable. The ability to read basic engineering drawings and implement the specifications is key to the accurate manufacture of complex targets.

You will be responsible for the delivery and recording of target information before, during and after experimental campaigns. This will include tasks such as:

1) Work with experimental group daily to implement changes and modifications

2) Testing assemblies and designs prior to experimental campaigns

3) Fabrication of components and final assemblies.

4) Ensuring microtargets are delivered to customer defined deadlines

5) Microtarget characterisation using a range of techniques

6) Working within a quality management system (ISO9001:2015).

Person Specification


  • A–Level qualified in Maths, Science and/or relevant subject (S)
  • Ability to understand basic engineering drawings (S&I)
  • Excellent manual dexterity and co-ordination (I)
  • Meticulous attention to detail (S&I)
  • Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills (S&I)
  • Able to fit into multidisciplinary team (I)
  • Responds positively to rapidly changing demands and able to prioritise conflicting demands (S&I)
  • Able to work with microscopic objects and use microscopes for extended periods
  • Able to wear cleanroom and personal protective equipment, such as gloves and a facemask, sometimes for extended periods
  • No known allergies to common solvents and adhesives (S&I)
  • Knowledge of basic safety policies such as COSHH and Risk Assessments. (S&I)


  • Availability to occasionally work outside of normal hours (I)
  • Previous experience relevant to microtarget assembly (S&I)
  • Presentation skills to effectively contribute and share work in group meetings (I)
  • An understanding of thin film coating techniques and basic vacuum systems (S&I)
  • A good understanding of material science (I).
The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity-driven, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

One of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale.

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How to Apply

Online applications only for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation to join STFC and the role you’re applying for. 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 your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

About UKRI



Launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. More information can be found at

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