STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC246615
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26560
Date Posted 31 August 2018
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 28 October 2018
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £26,560
Grade: UKRI-C
Contract Type: Open Ended
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. To find out more about STFC please see one of our videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQlxetSlMSDoZoEOG0M9G4g

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 the Spallation Neutron Source located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK. Operation centres on a high intensity proton synchrotron, which accelerates protons for delivery onto a heavy metal target for neutron production. Efficient operation of the synchrotron requires a comprehensive knowledge of the proton beam dynamics.  This beam information is obtained from a suite of beam diagnostic systems which provide information such as transverse beam position, beam intensity, beam profile and beam loss. The Diagnostics Section is responsible for the design, installation, maintenance and operation of all beam diagnostic devices and their associated electrical, electronic and computer systems.  In addition, the Diagnostics Section has an active programme for the development of novel diagnostic systems which often require unique electronic and electrical solutions.

Summary of Key Duties and Responsibilities

You will report to the Diagnostics (Development) Section Leader.

The graduate post on offer will involve the following:

  • designing and developing analogue and digital electronic systems and associated DAQ and electrical systems as required by the existing diagnostic programmes
  • advising on the best electronic/electrical solutions taking into account budgetary and time constraints, while delivering optimum performance and reliability
  • redeveloping or upgrading the remaining outdated electronic/electrical systems still used on ISIS as directed by the sustainability programme to ensure continued serviceability of these systems which are critical for the running of the ISIS accelerator
  • gaining familiarity and proficiency working with electronics design and simulation tools
  • develop knowledge to enable future on-call support for the diagnostic operational systems.

In addition, you will be expected to assist with the installation and maintenance of all diagnostics systems within the synchrotron environment. This will require the you to become a classified radiation worker and working outside normal working hours (i.e. commissioning tasks).

A willingness to travel, nationally and internationally, for conferences, workshops and collaboration work would be useful.

Responsibilities:

You will be part of a team responsible for the design, installation, commissioning, maintenance and operation of beam diagnostic devices and their associated electrical, electronic and computer systems.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • you should have a good knowledge/experience of Analogue/Digital/Mixed electronics, also electronics simulation packages
  • knowledge/experience in programming languages (C, C++, Python, VHDL, LabVIEW, etc.) would be an advantage
  • you should be self-motivated and self-reliant but also have the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • good written and oral communication skills are required with the ability to converse with other members of staff at all levels.

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 www.ukri.org.

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)

Qualifications

Essential:   

  • 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).

Desirable:

  • MSc/MEng in Electronic Engineering (S)
  • A/B grade A level results in Mathematics, Electronics, Physics (S).

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential:

  • knowledge/experience in Analogue/Digital/Mixed electronics (operational amplifiers, filters, comparators, ADCs, DACs, multiplexers, combinational/sequential design, etc.) and/or embedded system design (S&I)
  • knowledge/experience in electronics simulation packages (analogue/digital) (S&I)
  • genuine interest in electronics and electronic design work (S&I)
  • interest in ISIS and particle accelerators (S&I).

Desirable:

  • experience in design and manufacturing work (Schematic/PCB design, assembly, testing, calibration, etc.) (S&I)
  • knowledge/experience in programming languages (e.g. C, C++, Python, VHDL, etc.) (S&I)
  • knowledge/experience in data acquisition systems (e.g. National Instruments PXI and LabVIEW programming) (S&I)
  • knowledge of transducers/sensors, motion control or mechanical design would be an advantage (S&I)
  • practical skills (circuit testing, fault finding, use of test equipment, soldering) (S&I)
  • work experience (possible industry placement) in electronic design (S&I).

Personal Skills, Qualities and Attributes

Essential:

  • you will be required to become a classified radiation worker (I)
  • should be self-motivated and self-reliant but also have the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team (S&I)
  • able to work under pressure and to meet agreed deadlines and standards, as well as willing to work outside normal working hours for commissioning and on-call support (S&I)
  • must possess good written and oral communication skills with the ability to converse with other members of staff at all levels (S&I).

Desirable:

  • willingness to participate in collaboration work within and outside the department/organisation (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.

Please ensure that your name and the IRC reference are included in the file name description of each document uploaded. Please also state where you saw this role advertised. No Agencies.

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: 28th October 2018

To find out more about our graduate assessment process please visit: http://www.stfccareers.co.uk/careers/graduates/
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