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Beam Diagnostics Engineer Industrial Placement


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ASTeC is engaged in a number of projects requiring development of accelerator diagnostic systems 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 the placement will be involved in, including a range of assignments within the scope of this list, and at various levels depending upon the progress of the projects and requirements.  

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During 2022/23, substantial CLARA Phase 2 development and implementation work will be underway as well as a range of other opportunities within the department. Our placement could play a key role in assisting with this work, and would additionally acquire skills and training in the following critical areas. 

  • Development of 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 microcontroller electronic systems and supporting electronics/interfaces 

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Design and development of Electronics using ECAD facilities 
  • Design and development of Mechanical systems using ECAD facilities 
  • Production and testing of designs 
  • Analysis of experimental data 
  • Development and implementation of operational procedures 
  • Gain an understanding of engineering in multi-disciplinary environments 

In order to apply for this role you must have: 


  • 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  
  • Enrolled in an accredited STEM degree course 
  • Understanding of electronic circuit theory, such as passive components, operational amplifiers and transistors 
  • Experience with simulation and computer aided engineering for electronic circuits  
  • Ability to solve problems independently and as part of a team 
  • Ability to tackle new problems and learn new skills  
  • Good technical and non-technical communication skills  
  • Flexibility and passion to work on projects in different disciplines as needed  
  • Ability to follow-through on projects from start to finish and work to timescales  
  • Familiarity with ICT, such as Windows and Microsoft Office or equivalent programs  
  • Willingness to seek advice and guidance  
  • Interest in science and engineering


  • Knowledge of computer aided engineering packages, such as Solidworks  
  • Knowledge of modelling and control packages, such as MATLAB  
  • Knowledge of programming and scripting, such as Python  
  • Knowledge of embedded electronic systems, such as Arduino, either programming or design, or both  
  • Knowledge of electronic laboratory tools, such as oscilloscopes, multimeters and function generators  
  • Understanding and application of practical project management 

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