Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC251231
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26932
Date Posted 25 September 2019
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 27 October 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £26,932
Grade: UKRI-C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 27th October 2019
Interview Date: Interviews will be held at one of our assessment centres on either the 12th, 16th December, 21st or 28th January


STFC - ISIS - Graduate Electronics Engineer – Beam Diagnostics

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.

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.

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 graduates 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 Graduate vacancies here.

ISIS Spallation Neutron Source

ISIS is the Spallation Neutron Source located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK. Operation centres on a high intensity proton synchrotron for neutron production.  Efficient operation of the synchrotron requires 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 DAQ 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.

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
  • Develop knowledge to enable future on-call support for the diagnostic operational systems.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • You should have a good knowledge/experience of Analogue/Digital/Mixed electronics
  • Knowledge and experience of 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.

Occasional travel nationally and internationally, for conferences, workshops and collaboration may be required.

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.

Criteria to be assessed through Shortlisting (S), at Interview (I) or both (S&I):


  • Obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018, 2019 or be due to receive it in 2020 (S)
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above (S&I)
  • The right to live and work in the UK (S)
  • Knowledge and 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 and experience in electronics simulation packages (analogue/digital) (S&I)


  • MSc/MEng in Electronic Engineering (S)
  • A/B grade A level results in Mathematics,Electronics, Physics (S)
  • Experience in design and manufacturing work (Schematic/PCB design, assembly, testing, calibration, etc.) (S&I)
  • Knowledge and experience in programming languages (e.g. C, C++, Python, VHDL, etc.) (S&I)
  • Knowledge and 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 experience of: circuit testing, fault finding, use of test equipment, soldering (S&I)
  • Previous work experience in electronic design (S&I).
  • Current starting salary of £26,932, plus annual incremental increase, a £1,000 welcome bonus and a £2,000 salary increase after the first year
  • Subject to performance you will be promoted after two years with us, resulting in a further salary increase
  • STFC’s Graduate scheme is accredited by: the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Physics. STFC is also organisational member of the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT
  • 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.

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, 2019 or be due to receive it in 2020
  • 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 ongoing basis until our assessment centres are filled.

Closing Date: 27th October 2019

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