Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC243194
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £26297 - £26297
Date Posted 27 October 2017
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 07 January 2018
Interview Date

Salary: £26,297
Grade: RC-C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 7th January 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 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.

STFC’s Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) undertakes particle accelerator research for current and future facilities. ASTeC works on numerous high profile projects with national and international partners, such has CERN, DESY and PSI. ASTeC has expertise in designing, commissioning and operating particle accelerators and are currently working on a next generation test facility, CLARA, hosted at Daresbury Laboratory. CLARA will test Free Electron Laser concepts and novel acceleration concepts and provide a platform for much of the underpinning research and development of the future UK X-ray laser facility. One of the dreams for this next generation facility is a machine that optimises itself to achieve Ultimate Performance. Obtaining the ultimate accelerator performance will require a research and development programme incorporating online and offline data with advanced control methods such as non-linear optimisation algorithms, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Many of these techniques are still in their infancy or yet to be demonstrated on a working accelerator and so we are planning to expand in this area.

Therefore, many opportunities exist for a well-motivated candidate to work with the team of scientists, engineers and academic collaborators in developing new computational and data science systems whilst also helping to build the next generation of world-class ‘Big Science’ particle accelerators.

Summary of Key Duties

  • Perform measurements on the existing CLARA systems to benchmark the capability of existing LLRF, diagnostics and instrumentation systems.
  • Development of digital based measurement and control systems (hardware and software) for the VELA and CLARA systems along with the provision of documentation (operating instructions, reports, etc.).


You will contribute to the development of digital based measurement and control systems, including closed loop control, design of digital filter systems, digital signal processing, performing timing and synchronisation measurements between RF and Laser systems as well as developing solutions to target these areas of work. Typically these digital measurement and control systems operate in low power (0dBm and an IF of 50MHz) however the control outputs can be driving RF power amplifiers in the kW and MW power class.

These systems are employed on accelerator projects, such as VELA, and CLARA and will feature consistent development. You will also be expected to work closely with the technology design team, external contractors and external facility users to ensure project timescales are met. As well as these technical duties, you will also be responsible for health and safety within this area of work.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Electrical, Electronics background.
  • Keen practical skills, including enthusiasm for hands-on experimental science.
  • Willingness to work in interdisciplinary areas.
  • Enthusiasm and focus on the achievement of goals.
  • Good communication skills, particularly written and oral communication.
  • Willingness to travel overseas to represent the STFC and present their work at (e.g.) conferences.


Shortlisting Criteria



  • 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.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Digital signal processing.
  • Extensive experience on a PC including the following applications; MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS project and MathCad or equivalents.
  • Experience of writing technical papers and progress reporting.


  • RF measurement techniques.
  • RF control experience.
  • Proven troubleshooting experience of digital based control systems.
  • Ability to provide creative ideas and cost effective solutions to challenging design problems.

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes


  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Willingness to contribute to published reports.
  • Flexible to adapt to new work challenges.

Interview Criteria

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Sound understanding of the principles of digital signal processing.
  • Enthusiasm for hands on experimental work.


  • Display a general and broad interest in science and engineering.

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes


  • Able to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to manage time and focus appropriately on a given set of problems.
  • Willingness to seek advice and guidance.
  • Good oral communication skills, including the ability to communication scientific concepts to a broad range of backgrounds.

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 3: 7th January 2018

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