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Graduate Electrical Engineer

Control & Instrumentation/Electronic/Electrical.

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About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we ask the biggest questions in the universe to find answers that change the world around us. We seek understanding.

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We’re proud of the impact we make. And we’re committed to helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy. Being part of all this means contributing to work that pushes boundaries and creates possibilities.

You’ll work with, and learn from, true experts. Whatever your role, you’ll be free to question, and encouraged to share ideas. And, in a positive and supportive culture, you’ll discover just what a difference you can make when you’re equipped and inspired to excel.

We’re a place where curious minds thrive. Not bound by profit, we explore ideas that others don’t, ask questions that others won’t, and discover answers that others are not equipped to find. And, alongside Mars landings and black holes, we also explore diverse, international projects in everything from science and engineering to computing and technology.

Whether it’s at the cutting edge or behind the scenes, our work is intellectually challenging. It’s very often ground-breaking. And it’s endlessly, irresistibly fascinating.

About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world.

We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation. 

ISIS Neutron and Muon Source is a world-leading centre for research at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford. The suite of neutron and muon instruments give unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. Producing neutron beams by the spallation method involves a complex engineering infrastructure to accelerate particles to high energies.

The ISIS accelerator operates continually throughout the year, with regular shutdowns scheduled for maintenance and upgrades. The Magnet Power Supplies (MPS) Group are responsible for the operations and development of all power supplies for the magnets on the accelerator.

The range of equipment includes DC power supplies from 3 kW to over 1 MW, a 10‑cell 90 MW resonant circuit, and pulsed power systems with rise times below 100 ns for 5 kA and 40 kV.

Working at ISIS provides a rare opportunity to contribute to a variety of exciting and complex engineering projects that make a real difference to the progress of UK and international science programmes, whilst gaining valuable professional training and collaborating with some of the industry’s top specialists.

The Graduate Scheme

The STFC Graduate scheme will give you the opportunity to really pursue your interests and passion early in your journey with us, supported by technical training and a broader programme of career support and training and development. 

Our dedicated Graduate Development Team will provide the right combination of challenge and support throughout, helping you achieve your ambitions. We know that professional recognition is also important to you too, so we will provide mentoring and expertise to help you achieve valued qualifications or chartered status in your chosen field.

Summary of key duties & responsibilities

During the first two years of the Graduate training scheme, you will participate in a series of placements with various Sections within the MPS Group, other areas within ISIS, and possibly further afield. During these placements you will take on a variety of engineering projects, learn the core skills to become a professional engineer and gain familiarity with the facility and the people who work here. Your work will contribute to the success of the facility from your very first placement.

During the placement period, you will be responsible for delivering agreed project objectives, and will develop the required technical skills through either formal training or on-the-job learning. Project objectives could include, but not be limited to; hardware design and development, software design and development, simulation and evaluation, component procurement and assembly, testing and verification, as well as project management.

After the first two years, you will settle into a power electronics design and development role within the MPS group where you will continue to progress and develop towards being an expert in your field. Support will be given throughout for technical and professional development and working towards Chartered Engineer status.

In order to apply for the role we are looking for the following:

Essential:

  • You’ll need to have, or be on course to achieve, a minimum 2:1 degree, in a relevant field of study
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK at time of starting employment
  • Demonstrates willingness and ability to work independently or as part of a team 
  • Individual and Team Project working during degree 
  • Able to read and understand technical information, including circuit diagrams and technical drawings 
  • Demonstrates good understanding of electrical/electronic principles 
  • Capable of rapid development of technical and non-technical skills 
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic, innovative, logical approach to problem solving, organised, reliable and collaborative 
  • Good communication skills

Desirable:

  • Experience of managing own output whilst working individually, and of working at various levels within multi-disciplinary teams 
  • An understanding of electrical principles for power supply technology 
  • Able to communicate to both a technical and non-technical audience 
  • Shows an interest in the world outside of engineering 
  • Suitable as a radiation monitored worker and to work in environments with high magnetic field 
  • Available for short overseas visits and occasional periods away from home in the UK (at courses, seminars, etc.) 

Part of our application process involves submitting your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should address your suitability for the opportunity based how you meet each essential criteria stated in this advert.

How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’. 

Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.  

Benefits

STFC offers a benefits package crafted to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas closure and flexible working hours. 

  • Work Life Balance
  • Flexible Working Hours
  • Subsidised restaurant and coffee outlets
  • Paid Emergency Leave

How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded.

Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: October 30th, 2022
  • Starting: September 2023
  • Starting Salary: £27,938 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Didcot (Oxfordshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Electrical
  • Electronic

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