Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC250818
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £19404 - £19404
Date Posted 09 September 2019
Contract Type Student - Sandwich Course
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 27 October 2019
Interview Date 27 November 2019

Brief Description

Salary: £19,404
Contract Type: Fixed Term (12 months)
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 27th October 2019
Interview Date: Interviews will be held during the week commencing 25th November 2019

STFC - ASTeC - Beam Diagnostics Engineer - Industrial Placement

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. For more information on STFC please view 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.

Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate 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.

STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for placement students with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these. See all of our current Industrial Placements here.

The Accelerator Diagnostic & Instrumentation Group (ADIG) within the Accelerator Science & Technology Centre (ASTeC) at Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire is engaged in a number of projects requiring development of accelerator diagnostics using novel electronic and optical techniques. The activities range from undertaking design studies, developing systems, designing prototypes, undertaking performance tests, to installation and commissioning for final operations. Below is a list of current and anticipated activities and the candidate will be given a range of assignments within the scope of this list, and at various levels depending upon their progress and project requirements. During 2020/21, substantial CLARA accelerator Phase 2 development and implementation work will be underway as well as a range of other opportunities within the department. 

The right student could play a key role in assisting with this work, and would additionally acquire skills and training in the following critical areas.

  • Development of analogue and digital electronics and infrastructure for non-destructive electron beam measurement
  • Development/improvement of systems for optical beam imaging, and processing of image data
  • Development of synchronisation systems for Laser, diagnostics and electronic sub-systems
  • Development of analogue and digital low level RF systems
  • Development of micro-controller electronic systems and supporting electronics/interfaces.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Design and development of Electronics using CAD facilities
  • Design and development of infrastructure and systems
  • Design and development of conventional and laser optical systems
  • Production and testing of designs
  • Analysis of experimental data
  • Development and implementation of operational procedures
  • Gain an understanding of engineering in multi-disciplinary environments.

Contacts and Communication

You will work, communicate and learn both within the ADIG, and will also liaise with other technical and science groups within the laboratory. They will keep a log book of their work and be regularly interviewed by their year in Industry Supervisor to ensure consistency across the scheme, and the candidate’s personal development is progressed.

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 Criteria


  • Be at university, enrolled on an undergraduate degree course and required or have requested to take a year out of studies to gain experience within industry
  • Right to live and work in the UK
  • Expected Grades of at least 2:2
  • A-C at A levels ( including Science or Technical Subjects)
  • A-C at GCSE (Including Science and Maths)
  • Electronic/Instrumentation Skills
  • Familiarity with ICT including Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and internet
  • Give examples of good team working capabilities and also to work unaided.


  • ICT Subject qualification
  • Basic experience with LabView
  • Experience of electronic simulation Software packages.

Interview Criteria


  • Demonstrable practical/problem Solving ability and ‘can do’ nature
  • Good communication skills
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities and also to work unaided
  • The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical
  • Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them
  • Enthusiastic with a desire to achieve goals and meet timescales
  • Ability to focus on the work in hand
  • Willingness to seek advice and guidance.


  • LabView example work
  • Electronic simulation and design packages
  • Experience with optical systems
  • Be interested in science and engineering in general
  • Understand and apply practical project management.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

To apply please download the application form and save it to your pc. You must upload a CV and completed copy of the application form. Please save include the IRC reference number and your name in the filename of all documents uploaded to your application.

Please right click on this link and select ‘save target as' to save the application form to your desktop .

STFC Industrial Placement Application form

To be eligible you must be studying a recognised degree that requires you to undertake an Industrial Placement or have permission from your University to take a year out of your studies to undertake a placement. You must also have the right to work in the UK.

You can apply for up to two Sandwich student placements; You will only need to complete ONE application form. However please ensure that you upload the application form to all applications and ensure the relevant reference number (e.g. IRC205817) is included the filename of each document that you upload.

Closing date: 27th October 2019
Interview/assessment date: 25th – 28th of November 2019

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

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