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Electronics Engineer Summer Placement - STFC

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2100002J Requisition #

Science and Technology Facilities Council

In this role, you will be within the Technology departments Detector Development Group. In the group we design, build and test specialist high performance imaging detectors for scientific applications. You will be part of a diverse group of 13 scientists and engineers, including 3 people of the STFC graduate scheme. Demanding applications often require custom image sensors, readout electronics and software. The supporting electronic system is key to bringing these elements together and getting the full performance from the system. Areas of electronic design include analogue and digital design, power supplies, interlocks such as temperature or humidity, control systems such as microcontrollers and high-speed signal integrity. This will be an opportunity for you to gain experience in these areas and contribute to the development of new electronics that will be part of scientific discovery.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

You will join experienced members of the group working on the electronic design, integration and test for one of our new systems. You will work independently and in a small team with a number of potential projects depending on your skill set, experience and development during the placement. 

As part of the role you will:

  • Work independently and within a small team with supervision and training from Senior Engineers
  • Have the opportunity to design and simulate your own schematic designs and layout PCBs
  • Test electrical circuits and measure their performance. This will include HV bias systems for international particle physics experiments and control circuitry for cryogenic systems designed for space missions
  • Build prototype test circuits and control software for powering or controlling new X-ray detectors
  • Write reports on test results and present finding to your colleagues

In order to apply for this role you must have:


  • Are in full time education at university and returning to university following the placement
  • The right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the placement which is 12 weeks
  • Be studying a degree in a relevant area such as electronics, or have completed modules in electronics within a science, maths or engineering based degree 
  • Enthusiasm for electronics and working in science 
  • Good written and verbal communication skills 
  • Can work independently and within a team 


  • Some experience of designing and simulating electrical circuits 
  • Good practical skills with evidence of electrical testing and appreciation of safe working 
  • Able to programme in computer languages such as LabVIEW, MATLAB, Python or C/C++. 
  • Completed your own electronics project either within a course or at home 
  • Has creativity and problem solving experience in electronics setting
  • Experience with microcontrollers and interfacing electronics with software.
  • Experience with power electronics and switched mode power supply use or design
About STFC 
The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity-driven, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world. 
One of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale. 
For more information about STFC please visit 
You can also visit our careers site 
How to Apply 
Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation to join STFC and the role you’re applying for. 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 your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered. You will only be assessed on the content of your CV and covering letter and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 
About UKRI 
Launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). 
Our organisation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK 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
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 flourish 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 a Disability Confident employer, UKRI will offer an interview to a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for the job (this is the description of the job as set by the employer). To enable us to do this we ask the appropriate questions within the candidate application. 
For more information on this scheme, click here.  

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