Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246446
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26560
Date Posted 29 October 2018
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 18 November 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £26560
Grade: UKRI - C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 18th November 2018

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest 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, technology and Engineering.

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

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 new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

RAL Space 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 & Responsibilities

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
  • looking after visitors to the Imaging Systems division or even the RAL Space department. This could involve helping out with guided tours of our facilities.

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 (S) and Interviewing (I) Criteria



  • obtained first degree bachelors in electronics engineering or equivalent in either 2018 or be due to receive it in 2019 (S)
  • expected to have achieved a 2:1 or above (S)
  • possess the right to live and work in the UK (S).


  • master’s degree in electronic engineering or equivalent subject (S)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience.


  • proven abilities (from University project work / work experience) in analogue and digital design techniques (S&I)
  • can describe of a high level of responsibility and achievement within a recent project (University / work experience) (S&I)
  • a working knowledge of CAD packages  – schematic capture, PCB layout, simulation (e.g. PSPICE) (S&I)
  • 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. (S&I)
  • working knowledge of electrical, electronic and electromechanical components (S&I)
  • working knowledge of Microsoft Office products (S&I)


  • software experience in high level languages and assembly / machine code (S&I)
  • knowledge of VHDL and/or Verilog (S&I)

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes


  • must possess good communication skills (written and verbal) and be able to influence people at all levels. (S&I)
  • able to function well within a team environment. Able to influence the decisions of the team (S&I)
  • should be self-motivated and self-reliant (S&I)
  • 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.
  • STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege holidays, flexible working hours and an exceptional pension scheme.
  • 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.

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 2018 or be due to receive it in 2019
  • expected 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.

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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 ongoing basis until our assessment centres are filled.

Closing Date: 18th November 2018

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