Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC242616
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30797 - £30797
Date Posted 05 April 2018
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 15 May 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £26,297 plus £4,500 Recruitment and Retention Allowance
Grade: RC-C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 15th May 2018



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 withtechnical 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.

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.

Summary of Key Duties

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.

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.

Organization Description

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.



  • 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 in a relevant discipline (eg Electrical and Electronic Engineering or other subjects with significant electronics content). Equivalent qualifications also acceptable. Degree(s) must meet IET educational requirements for CEng
  • the right to live and work in the UK 
  • minimum of three A-levels at grade C or above one of which must be mathematics, or alternative qualifications, (e.g. BTEC / international examinations) of an equivalent level
  • degree content (and projects) that are relevant to the posts available 
  • clear, comprehensive, credible and coherent application
  • good written communication skills (in English).


  • IET membership
  • relevant industrial experience or directly relevant university project.

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 4: 26th February 2018.

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