Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246467
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26560
Date Posted 29 October 2018
Grade RC-C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 18 November 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £26,560
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 are trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we are driving ground-breaking advances in science, technology and Engineering. To find out more about STFC please watch one of our videos:

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.

ISIS Neutron and Muon Source is a world-leading centre for research at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford. The suite of neutron and Muon instruments give unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. Producing neutron beams by the spallation method involves a complex engineering infrastructure to accelerate particles to high energies.

The Magnet Power Supplies Group are responsible for the operations and development of all power supplies for the magnets on the ISIS accelerator. The range of equipment includes DC power supplies from 3 kW to over 1 MW, a 10‑cell 90 MW resonant circuit and pulsed power systems with rise times below 100 ns for 5 kA and 40 kV.

The Graduate Electrical Engineer position is in the Pulsed Power research and development team, within the Magnet Power Supplies Group. Current projects include design of a 400 A arbitrary waveform power supply filter circuit to improve beam stability, project management of delivery of a 15 kA pulsed system, development of a 80 kV pulsed system with switching time of less than 10 ns, and research into novel semiconductor materials for high power, high speed switching.

Working at ISIS provides a rare opportunity to contribute to a variety of interesting and complex engineering projects that make a real difference to the progress of UK and International science programmes, whilst gaining valuable professional training and collaborating with some of the industry’s top experts.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

During the first two years of the Graduate training scheme, you will be expected to participate in a series of placements with various Groups within ISIS and possibly further afield, where you will take on a variety of engineering projects, learn the core skills to become a professional engineer and gain familiarity with the facility and the people who work here. The work will contribute to the operations and future capability of the facility from the very first project.

During the placement period, duties will be varied but may include:

  • electrical system and electronic circuit design
  • modelling of magnets and circuits using FEA or simulation software
  • produce calculations to validate designs
  • build and run test systems
  • write software for data acquisition and analysis, control and interlock systems
  • presentation and documentation using 2D and 3D CAD
  • specification writing, tender evaluation and procurement
  • work with and understand the requirements of projects set by a variety of customers
  • manage project workload to ensure targets are met
  • present work both in writing and verbally to a wide range of audiences
  • support the operations teams ininvestigation and repair of faults
  • liaise with staff at all levels anddisciplines across STFC.

After the first two years, you will settle in one role and start the route to becoming an expert in the field. Support will be given to assist the graduate to achieve Chartered Engineer status.

Additionally, duties and responsibilities in the Pulsed Power Section:

  • design and implement upgrades toexisting equipment to improve reliability, efficiency and function
  • research and development of new and future pulsed power technologies
  • design, review and test of new pulsed power systems
  • management of small teams and contract effort
  • project management of small and mediumsized projects
  • represent ISIS at national and international pulsed power meetings, workshops, conference and visits
  • liaise with international experts from academia, industry and national laboratories.

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 Interview (I) Criteria


  • obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018 or be due to receive it in 2019 (S)
  • expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above (S&I)
  • the right to live and work in the UK (S)
  • individual and team project working during degree (S)
  • demonstrates willingness and ability to work independently or as part of a team (I)
  • good understanding of electrical/electronic principles (S&I)
  • able to read and understand technical information, including circuit diagrams and technical drawings (I)
  • capable of rapid development of technical and non-technical skills (I)
  • able to use engineering computers for a large proportion of the working day (I)
  • self-motivated, enthusiastic, innovative, logical approach to problem solving, organised, reliable and collaborative (I)
  • good written and spoken communication, in English (S&I).


  • experience in industry or similar research facility (S)
  • experience of managing own output whilst working individually and of working at various levels within multi-disciplinary teams (I)
  • an understanding of electrical principles for pulsed power systems (I)
  • able to communicate to both a technical and non-technical audience (I)
  • shows an interest in the world outside of engineering (S&I)
  • shows an appreciation of engineering in the wider context of society (S&I)
  • suitable as a radiation monitored worker and to work in environments with high magnetic field (I)
  • available for short overseas visits and occasional periods away from home in the UK (at courses, seminars, etc.) (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.

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV, ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. No Agencies.

There will be two rounds of shortlisting. Closing dates for applications is 18th November 2018.

The assessment centre for this vacancy will be in December 2018 or January 2019 and will be held at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

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