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Graduate Electronics Engineer

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The assessment centre for this vacancy will be in April 2019 and will be held at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

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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. 

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.

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  • 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.


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.


How to Apply

Job ID Number: IRC248602
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Opportunity Overview

  • March 24th, 2019
  • £26,560 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Oxford
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