Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246496
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


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.

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The 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 is a world-leading centre for research located at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford in the UK. The role will be within the Electronics and Embedded Systems section of the Accelerator Controls group, which is responsible for the control of the high intensity proton source synchrotron accelerator.

You will be an innovative and resourceful person with good analytical and problem solving skills. You will join a multi-disciplinary team involved in the design, manufacturing, test and installation of electronic equipment for the ISIS accelerator.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • designing analogue and digital electronic systems
  • advise on the best electronic/electrical solutions for projects, while also considering budgetary or time constraints
  • upgrading legacy equipment that remains in service on ISIS
  • assist in the installation and maintenance of electronic systems and related hardware within the accelerator environment. This will require you to become a monitored radiation worker
  • UK and overseas travel will be required for conferences and collaboration work.

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 and Interview Criteria


  • obtained 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
  • you should have strong knowledge/experience in at least one of the following subjects:
    • digital electronics/embedded systems – design of digital, programmable logic and/or microcontroller based designs and related programming languages
    • analogue electronics – design, simulation and testing of circuits involving operational amplifiers, active/passive filters, signal conditioning, etc.
    • electronic simulation packages (analogue/digital).
  • you will be required to become a monitored radiation worker.
  • good verbal communication skills.


  • MSc/MEng in Electronic Engineering or related discipline
  • industry work experience in design and manufacturing work (Schematic/PCB design/layout, assembly, testing, calibration, etc.)
  • knowledge of Embedded Systems, in particular Compact PCI/PCI architecture
  • knowledge of VHDL for FPGA design
  • experience of programming languages (e.g. C, C++, Python)
  • knowledge of transducers/sensors, motion control or mechanical design
  • proven track record working as part of a team.
  • 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 will 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.

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.

The closing date 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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