Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246486
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: £26,560
Grade: UKRI - C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 18th November 2018

About Us

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.

The Central Laser Facility is a world leading UK Research and Innovation facility providing scientists from the UK and Europe with an unparalleled range of state-of-the-art laser technologies. As part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council the CLF’s Engineering Division provides multi-disciplined design, manufacture, installation and support for a large portfolio of world class experiments. The Electrical Engineering Group, amongst other activities, design and support in-house and commercial laser based projects, which  include motion control, vacuum/gas control (PLC’s), Pulsed Power Systems and software controls engineering (EPICS, Labview, Visual Basic C++ etc.), to enable laser scientists and users to fully utilise the technology for experimental research and development programmes.

An Electrical and Controls Systems Graduate Engineer vacancy has arisen to complement a small team of hardware engineers to design, develop, implement and support exciting new projects and a programme of improvements to several existing  areas within the facility. Areas of interest could be the development and integration of new motion control systems in hostile environments (EMP), development of new high voltage (20kV) capacitor charging systems, including solid state (SCR) switching of high energy density capacitors and PFN design; vacuum and gas PLC control solutions and innovative electrical/electronic design to address existing and future needs.

With reference to the CLF’s requirements the post will be tailored to your skill-set and desired career direction you wish to pursue. You will be a member of the Electrical Engineering Group and report directly to the Electrical and Controls Team Leader.


  • to take responsibility for and drive projects and tasks forward; produce technical specifications; design, implement and support solutions
  • develop hardware for the laser and target areas utilising up to date technology to reduce operational set-up time and ensure ease of use
  • be aware and follow CLF rules and instructions on safe practices, responsibilities, hazards and emergency procedures associated with working in laser areas.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

You will have:

  • knowledge/practical experience of, or healthy interest in, one or more of the following areas:
    • Motion Control Systems
    • Vacuum/Gas Control Systems
    • Light Electrical and Electronic design
    • Pulsed Power Systems
    • PLC applications.

 You will also be able to demonstrate:

  • enthusiastic, dynamic and self-motivated and take pride in you do
  • someone who loves to solve problems and make decisions
  • able to manage and progress multiple tasks
  • ability to work independently and as a team player
  • able to plan and organise your work
  • excellent interpersonal skills
  • co-operative and willing to participate in knowledge sharing
  • flexible, reliable and able to work from verbal or written instructions
  • effective and comfortable in technical and non-technical communication with other staff members
  • aware of safety at work within the local environment.

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 Criteria (I)


  • 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)
  • knowledge/practical experience/interest in one or more of the following areas (S&I):
    • Motion Control Systems
    • Vacuum/Gas Control Systems
    • Pulsed Power Systems
    • Light Electrical & Electronic design.
  • quality of application and covering letter (S)
  • enthusiastic, dynamic and self-motivated (I)
  • task management ability (I)
  • possess excellent interpersonal skills (I)
  • safety awareness (I). 


  • CAD package experience (S&I)
  • circuit simulation/modelling experience (PSpice, Proteus,CircuitLab etc.) (S&I)
  • control system design experience (e.g. Matlab/Simulink) (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 addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. 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.

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 on going basis until our assessment centres are filled.

Closing Date: 18th November 2018

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