Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC255122
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £31305 - £43300
Date Posted 15 September 2020
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 20 October 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £31,305 to to £43,300 (Depending on skills and experience)
Grade: UKRI D/E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 20th October 2020

Early applications are encouraged and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.


The CMOS Sensor Design Group at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is world-leading in the design of CMOS Image Sensor for the most challenging of applications. These applications range from ‘big science’ applications for Space or Particle Physics experiments, Synchrotron instrumentation and Nuclear Physics experiments, to advanced industrial applications such as Medical X-ray imaging or ultra-high speed imaging. Our designs are contributing to making extraordinary scientific discoveries, from understanding our biology to exploring new planets, as well as improving the quality of our daily life, for example providing better diagnostic and therapeutic tools to healthcare.

We work with world-leading CMOS Image Sensor foundries, optimizing their sensing technology and designing the circuitry in deep sub-micron feature sizes below the 100-nm level. For this, we use state-of-art, industry-standard Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Technology CAD (TCAD).

Successful candidates will work closely with the scientific and industrial customers to specify the integrated circuit, as well as liaise with the foundries. Depending on the level of qualifications, they will lead projects from specification through design, manufacture and characterisation, to delivery of the final image sensor and support for commissioning.

We operate under the BSI ISO 9001 Quality Management System to ensure the delivery of projects to time, cost and requirements.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities

Depending on qualifications and experience, here are some of the activities the successful candidate would be expected to perform:

  • Specification, detailed design, simulation and layout of low-noise, high-performance CMOS Image sensors
  • Transistor level analogue design, simulation, full custom layout and physical verification of circuits such as op-amps, ADCs and DACs, gigabit I/O ports,
  • Design of novel pixels using state-of-art microelectronics technologies
  • Physical device modelling of CMOS image sensor pixels
  • Verilog HDL coding, digital simulation, synthesis, and place & route lay out
  • Manage microelectronics design projects
  • Interact constructively with Customers, Group members and other staff in the Department& Laboratory
  • Active participation in design reviews
  • Help maintain Local Instructions & Design Checklists.

Contacts and Communication

Nicola Guerrini, Tel: 01235 446212; email: .

Personal Skills and Attributes

  • Applicants should be interested in a technical career as CMOS Image Sensor designer, have good awareness of basic microelectronic principles and how these apply to modern circuit design. It is essential that candidates have a good honours degree or higher, in a relevant subject that meets with the IET’s requirements for CEng.
  • Applicants must be self-motivated and dedicated to understanding the continuously evolving microelectronics design tools and methods, and be able to demonstrate a systematic and analytical approach to problem solving
  • Successful applicants will be supported by experienced colleagues, but will be expected to be capable of acting on their own initiative
  • Applicants must be reliable and flexible with good interpersonal skills and have the ability to integrate and work effectively within the existing close knit team. 
  • Good written and verbal communication skills (in English) and the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, project partners and customers are essential
  • Applicants must also be willing and able to travel to sites both in the UK and overseas as requisite for their projects.

Other Relevant Information

For a position at Band D, the candidate is expected to be able to manage design projects following initial training; for a position at Band E, the candidate should be able to demonstrate some prior experience in project management.

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



  • BEng (first class or 2:1) or higher (e.g. MEng, MSc), in a relevant discipline (e.g. Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Physics, Electronics)
  • Minimum of three A-levels at grade C or above one of which must be mathematics, or alternative qualifications, (e.g. BTEC / international examinations) of an equivalent level.


  • MEng 2:1 or higher in a relevant discipline
  • PhD in a relevant discipline.

Knowledge and Experience


  • Knowledge of relevant EDA packages
  • Experience in managing small designs for Band D and experience managing large designs for Band E
  • Management of design project and team members.


  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of basic digital microelectronic design principles
  • Relevant project (Band D) or working (Band E) experience in microelectronics.

Personal Skills and Qualities


  • Clear, comprehensive and coherent application
  • Good written communication skills (in English).


  • Demonstrate to work effectively to a fixed deadline
  • Dedication to maintaining relevant technical knowledge and Continuing Professional Development.

Special Requirements


  • Ability to use unmodified VDU equipment and complex programming software for extended periods of time.


  • Ability to travel to customer sites (Domestic and International).

Interview Criteria

Personal Skills and Qualities


  • Self-motivated with a systematic and analytical approach
  • Aptitude for problem solving and diagnosis of challenging problems
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively in a team
  • Conscientious, reliable, hardworking and flexible
  • Positive attitude to project management.


  • Ability to work to a fixed deadline
  • Innovative and open minded to new design methodologies.

Knowledge and Experience related to position


  • Basic understanding of MOS transistors
  • Understanding of properties of basic analogue filters
  • Understanding of properties of operational amplifiers
  • Transistor level analogue design experience including simulation, full custom layout and physical verification
  • Ability to apply basic knowledge to more complex situations
  • Good general awareness of modern microelectronics and image sensor design issues
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of basic analogue microelectronic design principles
  • Demonstrate a track record of IC design in modern Microelectronics technologies / CMOS image sensors (Band E)
  • Demonstrate a track record in the management of design projects (Band E)
  • Demonstrate the ability of defining specifications to the customer needs (Band E)
  • Demonstrate a deep knowledge and understanding of analogue and mixed mode microelectronic design principles (Band E)
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of noise sources in analogue CMOS circuits. (Band E)
  • Experience in supporting and mentoring junior team members
  • Knowledge of relevant EDA packages.


  • Experience with Verilog HDL coding, digital simulation, synthesis, and place & route layout
  • Knowledge of relevant TCAD packages
  • Demonstrate an understanding of solid state physics
  • Project Management, System Engineering under ISO9000 (Band E).

Presence/Communication Skills


  • Good verbal communication skills (in English)
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels with internal and external colleagues and customers
  • Good (Band E) presentation skills.

Special Requirements


  • Genuine interest in electronics, Microelectronics and CMOS image sensor design
  • Ability to use unmodified VDU equipment and complex programming software for extended periods of time
  • Ability to integrate and work effectively within the existing team based environment at STFC – RAL.


  • Ability to travel to customer sites (Domestic and International). Essential requirement for Band E appointments.

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Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit 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.

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