STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC242510
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £18946 - £18946
Date Posted 25 August 2017
Grade RC-STU
Contract Type Student - Sandwich Course
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 30 October 2017
Interview Date



Salary: £18,946
Grade: RC-STU
Contract Type: Fixed Term for 1 year
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 30th October 2017
Interview Date: TBC

Background

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.

Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate sandwich students to gain practical experience, working alongside technical experts at the forefront of scientific research. We offer an invaluable experience with exposure to world class science and technology and the opportunity to develop working relationships that continue well after your placement has finished.

We are seeking an electrical engineering sandwich student to join the STFC Engineering Technology Centre (ETC) at Daresbury Laboratory, Cheshire. You will be part of a team of electrical engineers, designers and technicians that are responsible for delivering innovative solutions to a variety of interesting and complex engineering challenges on collaborative projects primarily for the STFC science programme. This will involve the design, assembly, installation and performance testing of engineering systems to be located at various international science facilities.

The ETC requires an electrical engineer with some practical power electronics experience and knowledge of electrical power converters to successfully deliver high profile projects and maintain the UK’s reputation in these fields.

Summary of Key Duties/Responsibilities:

Working closely within a multi-disciplinary team, you will:

  • follow the lead electrical engineer’s role and interact closely with internal and university based engineering teams to deliver international collaborative projects
  • learn specialist power electronics knowledge and apply them to the design, assembly, test and commissioning of high performance engineering solutions
  • gain an understanding of project requirements with customers, and be able to monitor project management documentation including; specifications, Gantt charts, resource and procurement plans
  • perform design calculations and prototype testing for challenging engineering problems and produce technical reports
  • assist a lead engineer with electrical engineering consultation and fault diagnosis for a wide range of science applications including vacuum equipment, motion control, protection systems and power quality management
  • manage project files containing all project documentation and contribute to continual improvement within the Divisions BS EN ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System.

Applicants must be capable of working at professional engineer level and be enrolled on an engineering degree with a knowledge of power electronics.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • an ability to think creatively, to seek and accept change and continuous improvement
  • high level of drive, enthusiasm and focus on the achievement of goals. Ability to utilise organisational systems effectively
  • strong inter-personal skills, particularly in communication, motivation and problem-solving
  • the ability to see the corporate implications of actions and self-identification with the organisation. The reflection of STFC values in behaviour and attitude.

 

Qualifications

Essential:     
 

  • at university, enrolled on an undergraduate degree course and required or have requested to take a year out of studies to gain experience within industry 
  • right to live and work in the UK 
  • English Language GCSE grade C or similar
  • Mathematics or Physics A Level grade B or similar.


Desirable:

  • enrolled on an Electrical/Electronic degree course.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential:

  • reasonable knowledge of power electronic components and their uses
  • reasonable knowledge of project management techniques
  • PC experience including the following applications; MS Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and MS Project
  • experience of presenting ideas and solutions to a varied audience
  • knowledge of electrical wiring diagrams and schematic drawings.

Desirable:

  • knowledge of Design packages including AutoCAD
  • knowledge of motion control systems
  • practical experience and knowledge of electrical / electronic simulation software such as MicroCap (or similar PSPICE based simulation package), or LabView (or similar software development programs)
  • an understanding of AC distribution requirements and power quality issues
  • an understanding of EMC, noise reduction and earthing techniques
  • practical experience and knowledge of using control interfaces and state flow diagrams.


Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes

Essential:

  • good communication skills
  • demonstrate good team working capabilities
  • the willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical
  • open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them 
  • an ability to think creatively, to seek and accept change and continuous improvement
  • high level of drive, enthusiasm and focus on the achievement of goals. Ability to utilise organisational systems effectively
  • good inter-personal skills, particularly in communication, negotiating networking and team building, motivation and problem-solving
  • the ability to see the corporate implications of actions and self-identification with the organisation. The reflection of STFC values in behaviour and attitude.

Desirable:

  • willingness to travel within the UK to other STFC sites.

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.

From April 2018, STFC will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The aim is to create a system that maximises the contribution of each of the component parts and creates the best environment for research and innovation to flourish. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation agency in the world. More information can be found online here.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services. To apply please download the application form and save it to your pc. You must upload the completed form and a covering letter to support your application. Please save all your documents with the IRC reference number in the filename and your name.

STFC Sandwich Student Application Form

You must be on a sandwich degree and be taking the industrial placement as a recognised sandwich year to be eligible. You must also have the right to work in the UK. Please ensure that you include a reference from your University as part of your application form.

You can apply for up to three Sandwich student placements; this will require you to complete ONE application form however please ensure that you upload the application form to all three placements and save the relevant reference number (e.g. IRC205817) in the filename of each application that you upload.

Closing date: 30th October 2017
Interview/assessment date: TBC

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: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y