Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC233070
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £25294 - £29794
Date Posted 21 September 2016
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 26 February 2017
Interview Date

Salary: up to £29,794
Grade: Graduate Microelectronic Engineers
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 26th February 2017
Interview Date: TBC

STFC’s award winning graduate scheme offers structured training, a real job with real responsibilities from day one and a direct route to professional accreditation. It will allow you to use your degree in a dynamic, creative and collaborative culture.


STFC Technology is the leading provider of electronic and microelectronic systems for many high-profile international projects.  Our solutions range from single ASICs to large systems that use tens of thousands of custom ICs and hundreds of multi-million gate FPGAs. Our systems can be found throughout the world and even in space.

Our leading facilities and varied projects will provide you with unique and challenging career opportunities. If you are an enthusiastic electronic or microelectronic engineer then we would be interested in you joining our team. Opportunities include:
• mixed signal ASIC design using the latest deep sub-micron technologies.
• design of complex digital systems using embedded microprocessors and FPGAs.
• application engineering & consultancy for the latest electronic design tools and flows.
• design of advanced CMOS Image Sensors using state-of-art microelectronics technologies.

Our Graduate Microelectronics Engineers are offered permanent contracts and will work on real projects from day one.  You will be given a wide variety of training in both technical and personal skills and supported to develop and achieve your full potential in a dynamic, creative and collaborative culture.  You will be part of both the STFC Graduate Scheme and our IET accredited Professional Development Scheme and actively encouraged in achieving Chartered Engineer status.

Personal Skills and Attributes

You should be interested in a technical career as a microelectronics engineer, have good awareness of basic microelectronic principles and how these apply to modern circuit design.  A good honours degree in a relevant subject, which meets the IET’s requirements for CEng, is essential.

You must be self-motivated and dedicated to understanding the continuously evolving microelectronics design tools and methods. You will be supported by experienced colleagues, and a mentor, but will be expected to be able to act on your own initiative and be able to demonstrate a systematic and analytical approach to problem solving.

You will be reliable and flexible with good interpersonal skills and the ability to integrate and work effectively within the existing close knit team.  Good written and verbal communication skills (in English) and the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, project partners and customers is essential.

These posts are based at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire, UK.

Interview and Assessment Criteria

Knowledge and Experience
• demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic electronic, microelectronic or image sensor principles and circuits.
• demonstrate ability to apply basic knowledge to more complex situations.
• good general awareness of modern electronic, microelectronic or image sensor design issues and the general design flow process for microelectronics or electronic systems.
• self-motivated with a systematic and analytical approach.
• knowledge of relevant design tool packages.
• basic understanding of semiconductor device physics.

Personal skills/qualities
• aptitude for problem solving and diagnosis of challenging problems.
• good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and influence people effectively at all levels with internal and external colleagues and customers. Good verbal communication skills (in English).
• conscientious, reliable, hardworking and flexible.
• dedication to maintaining relevant technical knowledge and committed to Continuing Professional Development.
• demonstrate good team working capabilities

Special Requirements
• genuine interest in electronics, microelectronics or image sensor design
• ability to use unmodified computing equipment and complex design tool packages for extended periods of time.
• ability to integrate and work effectively within the existing team based environment at STFC - RAL.
• the willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical
• demonstrates a drive and determination to achieve results
• open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them
• ability to travel within UK, Europe and US as required.

• STFC’s Graduate scheme is accredited by the; Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Physics, and the British Computer Society.
• Every graduate is provided with a mentor to help support them through the graduate scheme and to become chartered.
• You’ll get the chance to work on cutting-edge projects with international collaborators.
• A work life balance, with 30 days annual leave, plus 10.5 public and privilege holidays

In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages:

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services. Application is by CV and covering letter per vacancy.

In order to apply for this role you must have:
• Achieved or expected to achieve 2:1 or above, honours degree in mechanical engineering or equivalent subject
• Graduated within 18 months of the date of application to be eligible, or be due to graduate in 2017.

We are unable to accept applications from candidates that have a PhD.

Please ensure that your CV:
• Is no longer than 2 sides of A4
• Includes your full name, contact details, and if you are a non EEA national your current immigration status
• Includes full details of your degree and your A levels or equivalent, i.e. 
•  subjects and grades
• dates achieved
• name of the school or college and university where you studied
• Brief details of key modules and projects completed as part of your degree course
• Brief details of work experience and/ or gap year activities
• Brief details of your broader interests, hobbies, travelling especially where these demonstrate leadership and teamwork. Please include any awards or particular achievements

Please ensure that your covering letter:
• Is no longer than 1 side of A4
• Tells us why you want the post you are applying for
• Tells us why you think we should choose you

Please include the relevant reference number (e.g. IRC233070) in the filename of each document you upload for all vacancies you apply for.

Closing date: 26th February 2017
Interview/assessment date: TBC and will be held at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell.

Please note that you must have the right to live and work in the UK to apply for this role.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.  At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

We want to make our application process as easy for you as we possibly can. If you experience any problems in applying for this job, or have any feedback for us about the application process, please contact our Recruitment Hotline on 01793 867000 (8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday). Please quote the appropriate IRC reference number when calling.