STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC242591
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26297 - £26297
Date Posted 31 August 2017
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 30 October 2017
Interview Date



Salary: £26,297
Grade: RC-C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date 1: 30th October 2017
Assessment Centre Date 1: 12th & 13th December 2017

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.

Our graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to a whole new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

ISIS is the Spallation Neutron Source located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK. Operation centres on a high intensity proton synchrotron, which accelerates protons for delivery onto a heavy metal target for neutron production.  Efficient operation of the synchrotron requires a comprehensive knowledge of the proton beam dynamics.  This beam information is obtained from a suite of beam diagnostic systems which provide information such as transverse beam position, beam intensity, beam profile and beam loss.  The Diagnostics Section is responsible for the design, installation, maintenance and operation of all beam diagnostic devices and their associated electrical, electronic and computer systems.  In addition, the Diagnostics Section has an active programme for the development of novel diagnostic systems which often require unique electronic and electrical solutions.

Summary of Key Duties

You will report to the Diagnostics (Operations) Senior Electronics Engineer.

The graduate post on offer will involve the following;

  • designing and developing cutting edge (analogue and digital) electronic systems and associated electrical systems as required by the existing Diagnostic Operations and Sustainability programmes
  • redeveloping or upgrading outdated electronic/electrical diagnostic systems in use on ISIS as directed by the sustainability programme to ensure continued serviceability of these systems which are critical for the safe running of the ISIS accelerator
  • gaining familiarity and proficiency working with electronics design and simulation tools
  • develop knowledge to enable future on-call support for the diagnostic operational systems
  • in addition, as the successful candidate you will be expected to assist with the installation and maintenance of all diagnostics systems within the synchrotron environment. This will require you to become a classified radiation worker.

A willingness to travel, nationally and internationally, for conferences, workshops and collaboration work would be useful.


Responsibilities

You will be part of a team responsible for the design, installation, commissioning, maintenance and operation of beam diagnostic devices and their associated electrical, electronic and computer systems.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

You should have a good knowledge/experience of Analogue/Digital/Mixed electronics, also electronics simulation packages. You should be self-motivated and self-reliant but also have the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Good written and oral communication skills are required with the ability to converse with other members of staff at all levels.

Qualifications

Essential:          
 

  • obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2017 or be due to receive it in 2018
  • expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • the right to live and work in the UK.

Desirable:

  • MSc/MEng in Electronic Engineering
  • A/B grade A level results in Mathematics, Electronics, Physics.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential:

 

  • genuine interest in electronics and electronic design work
  • knowledge/experience in Analogue/Digital/Mixed electronics (operational amplifiers, filters, comparators, ADCs, DACs, , multiplexers, combinational/sequential design, etc.) and/or embedded system design
  • knowledge/experience in electronics simulation packages (analogue/digital)
  • interest in ISIS and particle accelerators.

Desirable:

  • practical skills (circuit testing, fault finding, use of test equipment, soldering)
  • experience in design and manufacturing work (Schematic/PCB design, assembly, testing, calibration, etc.)
  • knowledge/experience in programming languages (e.g. C, C++, Assembly, etc.)
  • knowledge/experience in data acquisition systems (e.g. National Instruments PXI and LabVIEW programming)
  • knowledge of transducers/sensors, motion control or mechanical design would be an advantage
  • work experience (possible industry placement) in electronic design.

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes

Essential:

 

  • you will be required to become a classified radiation worker
  • should be self-motivated and self-reliant but also have the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • able to work under pressure and to meet agreed deadlines and standards
  • must possess good written and oral communication skills with the ability to converse with other members of staff at all levels.

Desirable:

  • an understanding of Health & Safety requirements when working in a laboratory/workshop environment.


 

STFC’s Graduate scheme is accredited by the; Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics and the British Computer Society. You’ll get the chance to work on cutting-edge projects with international collaborators.

We offer 30 days leave allowance, plus 10.5 public and privilege holidays. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s Career Pages.

Every graduate is provided with a mentor to help support them through the graduate scheme and to become chartered. Providing you perform well and make good progress with your training plans, you will be promoted after two years with us, receiving a significant salary increase.

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.

In order to apply for this role you must have:

  • obtained your first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2017 or be due to receive it in 2018
  • expect to or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • the right to live and work in the UK.

Please apply online only. Please submit a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role.

Please ensure that your name and the IRC reference are included in the file name description of each document uploaded. Please also state where you saw this role advertised. No Agencies.

We recruit on a rolling basis therefore we recommend you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an on-going basis until our assessment centres are filled.

Rolling Closing Date 1: 30th October 2017

To find out more about our graduate assessment process please visit our Graduate Page.