Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC245339
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30357 - £32997
Date Posted 24 May 2018
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 01 July 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357 - £32,997 (dependent upon skills and experience)
Grade: UKRI-D
Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 years)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 1st July 2018


About us:

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.

STFC is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

About the role:

An opportunity has arisen within the Particle Physics Department (PPD) of the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) to work on the development of the Inner Tracking (ITk) Detector as part of the upgrade of the ATLAS experiment expected around 2022. The post is within the ATLAS Tracking Group at RAL, working closely with collaborators at universities in the UK and abroad, at CERN and elsewhere. You will become a member of the international ATLAS experiment.

The tracking detector comprises pixel systems at the inner radii and silicon strips at the middle and outer radii. The RAL group is involved in the assembly of the strip modules and staves for the barrel region and the pixel end-caps. The group works closely with the STFC Technology Department (TD).

The LHC is undergoing a set of upgrades. The upgraded tracking detector will be required to cope with increased radiation doses and to be able to identify and measure precisely charged particles in a very dense environment, with as many as 200 proton-proton collisions on top of each signal event.

You will provide a vital strengthening of the ATLAS UK ITk DAQ team in order to fully support both pixel and strip activities. You will have the following responsibilities:

  • to be part of the team of physicists in PPD, working with the engineers in TD and our national and international collaborators
  • to undertake research into suitable DAQ solutions for the ATLAS ITk
  • to adapt hardware, software and firmware in common DAQ platforms to the specific requirements of the pixel and strip subsystems
  • to design, assemble and test DAQ hardware
  • to aid UK collaborators in the installation and commissioning of ITk DAQ systems
  • to provide DAQ user support to the UK pixel programme
  • to provide DAQ support to system test activities both in the UK and at CERN. This includes the development of the required functionality, collaboration in the test programme and provision of support to other users.

About you:

To be successful in this role you will have a first degree and a PhD (or equivalent experience), preferably in physics, electronic engineering or a related discipline. You will have experience in data acquisition systems, having made software and/or firmware contributions to a DAQ project. Ideally you will also have some experience of working with particle physics experiments and be familiar with silicon strip or pixel detectors, or related devices. Experience in laboratory automation and data analysis is also desirable but not essential.

Any other relevant information:

You will be expected to travel to meetings within the UK and to make several short trips per year to CERN or elsewhere abroad. You may be encouraged to spend longer periods out at CERN, in particular during installation/commissioning phases.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

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.

Shortlisting Criteria:


  • first degree or equivalent in physics, electronic engineering or a related discipline
  • PhD or equivalent experience in physics, electronic engineering or a related discipline
  • experience with data acquisition systems
  • contribution of firmware and/or software to a DAQ project
  • working knowledge of at least one programming language.


  • experience with silicon strip or pixel detectors
  • familiarity with electrical and electronic design
  • hands-on experience building or modifying electrical circuits
  • control and automation: LabView, WinCCOA
  • operating Systems: SLC 6, Centos 7, Windows 7
  • firmware Languages: VHDL, Verilog
  • software Languages: C, C++, Java, Python
  • analysis packages: ROOT, MATLAB.

Interview Criteria:


  • experience with data acquisition systems
  • contribution of firmware and/or software to a DAQ project
  • working knowledge of at least one programming language
  • self-motivated
  • ability to identify objectives and plan/execute appropriate activities to achieve given deadlines
  • ability to work effectively within a team
  • ability to motivate and guide the work of technical staff and students
  • ability to communicate effectively with academic and technical staff both orally and in writing
  • willingness to travel to meetings in the UK and to undertake short trips abroad to CERN and elsewhere.


  • willingness to go to CERN on long-term attachment, should the need arise
  • willingness to work flexible hours.

For an informal discussion about this role please contact: Steve McMahon or Peter Phillips at

An exceptional index linked pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexible working are offered, as well as an onsite nursery, subsidised restaurant, a gym and sports facilities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages (

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV. Please include 2 or 3 letters of recommendation – these should be sent directly to No Agencies.

The closing date for applications is 1st July 2018

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