Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC242610
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


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.

We have vacancies for Graduate Electronics Engineers to work on electronics based systems for space missions and ground based telescopes. You will work within the Advanced Electronics Group which is part of the Imaging Division within the RAL Space department.

RAL Space has a long-standing heritage of excellence in space-flight going stretching back over 50 years and with significant involvement in over 200 space missions. The Imaging Systems Division builds camera and electronic systems for space-flight and hence quality and reliability are the hall marks of our work which is to ISO9001:2008 standard.  We are also involved in research work in the emerging Cold Atoms/Quantum technologies, where we provide the novel electronics solutions to support a wide range of experiments that are conducted within RAL Space and the international community.

Our graduates carry out the design, PCB layout and functional testing and verification activities, for new electronic circuits and systems. The roles will be varied and you may find yourself working on several projects within your first two years in the division. Examples of projects that our graduates have worked on include camera electronics and imagining systems for the International Space Station, for NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and for the Russian World Space Observatory, as well as electronics for ESA’s Earthcare missions.

Summary of Key Duties

Your duties will include:  


  • the conception, design and layout of analogue and digital circuits
  • functional testing and analysis of electronic circuit boards and electronic systems
  • participation in project design reviews. You may be required to propose changes in board level/system level design. Good negotiation skills are key
  • writing of specifications, test plans, test reports and other documentation as required. Accuracy and brevity are essential
  • the production of engineering drawings that are required for manufacture
  • adhering to best working practices as specified by current health and safety regulations. STFC is proud of its excellent safety record
  • be willing to assist with the outreach activities of STFC and tours of the Imaging division.


You will also be required to (and when appropriate):

  • provide progress reports on their work to senior project staff and line management as required
  • meet with customers during visits either at RAL or at the customers location. Duties could include providing update on progress by means of a formal presentation
  • hold discussions with our many suppliers. You may be required to explore new hardware and/or ideas for space or ground based applications 
  • look after visitors to the Imaging Systems division or even the RAL Space department. This could involve helping out with guided tours of our facilities.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

We are looking for graduates with the following skills/attributes:

  • First degree in Electronic Engineering or equivalent subject, minimum grade 2:1
  • sound knowledge of analogue and digital design techniques
  • some experience with  CAD packages  – for example, Schematic Capture, PCB layout, simulation tools (e.g. PSPICE)
  • practical skills such as circuit testing and fault-finding to component level which should include the use of test equipment such has multi-meters, signal generators, oscilloscopes
  • working knowledge of Electrical, Electronic & Electromechanical Components
  • must be PC literate (e.g. Windows, MS Office products) 
  • be able to demonstrate excellent written and communication skills
  • should be self-motivated and self-reliant as well as being able to work as part of a team
  • must be diligent and able to demonstrate strong attention to detail
  • software familiarity in, for example, high level languages and assembly/machine code would be an advantage, but not essential.  Likewise a working knowledge of VHDL and/or Verilog.



  • obtained first degree bachelors (not doctorate) in electronics engineering or equivalent 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.


  • master’s degree in electronic engineering or equivalent subject.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • proven  abilities (from University project work/work experience) in analogue and digital design techniques
  • can describe of a high level of responsibility within a recent project (University/work experience) 
  • a working knowledge of CAD packages  – schematic capture, PCB layout, simulation (e.g. PSPICE)
  • proven practical skills, e.g. circuit testing and fault finding which involves the use of common test equipment such as multi-meters, signal generator and Oscilloscopes
  • working knowledge of electrical, electronic and electromechanical components
  • working knowledge of Microsoft Office products.


  • software experience in high level languages and assembly/machine code
  • knowledge of VHDL and/or Verilog.

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes


  • must possess good communication skills (written and verbal) and be able to influence people at all levels
  • able to function well within a team environment. Able to influence the decisions of the team
  • should be self-motivated and self-reliant.

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.