Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246554
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £19136 - £19136
Date Posted 31 August 2018
Contract Type Student - Sandwich Course
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 October 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £19,136
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 28th October 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.

Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate sandwich students to gain practical experience, working alongside technical experts at the forefront of scientific research. We offer an invaluable experience with exposure to world class science and technology, and the opportunity to develop working relationships that continue well after your placement has finished.

The post will be based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, within the Electronics Group of the Imaging Systems Division in RAL Space.

RAL Space has a long-standing heritage of excellence in space-flight technology stretching back over 50 years. Recent projects carried out by RAL Space have included a camera for the International Space Station, camera electronics for NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and the Russian World Space Observatory, and electronic systems for ESA’s Earthcare mission. You will work as part of a team that develops scientific camera electronics for a wide range of space and ground-based missions. The work offered will provide you with experience of all aspects of the design cycle and will focus on the research and technology development aspects of division.

The division has a number of projects running which include a complex electronic system for a laser based gravimeter; camera electronics development suitable for a Mars rover application; electronics system to operate a drill and sample recovery system to be employed on the lunar surface; and a spacecraft based CCD Camera and readout electronics and ground support electronics which will allow long-term photometric, spectroscopic and astrometric monitoring of a variety of astronomical objects in the UV wavelengths.

There will be engineering opportunities for you to develop electronics for space either as part of these projects or similar projects as they are taken up by the Imaging systems division.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

You will be expected to:

  • assist senior engineers in the design, development and testing of electronic systems for both ground based and space applications. The work would include PCB design and layout. Designs are often complicated by the demands of the Space environment so the student may be exposed to techniques not covered at University.
  • perform lab-based tests and fault finding routines on a range of electronic systems as required
  • carry out analysis of test results and the creation of clear and precise test reports
  • give a formal presentation of their work to the Group.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

You should:

  • be able to demonstrate up to date knowledge of analogue and digital electronic techniques
  • possess an analytical approach to problem solving
  • be methodical with a high degree of attention to detail
  • have good written and verbal communication skills.

In addition, some experience in LabVIEW and C programming would be an advantage but this is not essential.

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


  • at university, enrolled on an undergraduate degree course (Electronic Engineering or related discipline) and required or have requested to take a year out of studies to gain experience within industry (S)
  • right to live and work in the UK (S)
  • experience of analogue and digital electronic techniques (S&I)
  • working knowledge of Microsoft office – including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel (S)
  • good written and verbal communication skills (S&I)
  • must be able to work as part of a team (S&I)
  • the willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical (S&I).


  • circuit modelling and simulation experience, for example OrCAD, PSpice (S&I)
  • experience of LabVIEW and /or C programming (S&I).

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.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services. To apply please download the application form and save it to your pc. You must upload the completed form and a copy of your CV. Please save all your documents with the IRC reference number in the filename and your name.

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You must be on a sandwich degree and be taking the industrial placement as a recognised sandwich year to be eligible. You must also have the right to work in the UK. Please ensure that you include a reference from your University as part of your application form.

You can apply for up to three Sandwich student placements; this will require you to complete ONE application form however please ensure that you upload the application form to all three placements and save the relevant reference number (e.g. IRC205817) in the filename of each application that you upload.

Closing date: 28th October 2018

Interview/assessment date: 27th – 29th November 2018

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