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Microelectronics Design Summer Placement - STFC

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2100000V Requisition #

Science and Technology Facilities Council

The ASIC design team based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory has a world-class reputation for delivering advanced Integrated Circuit designs to implement the most challenging science applications.

From ‘big science’ facilities such as the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, to exploring the solar system with space probes such as Rosetta and Bepi Colombo, our microelectronics help make possible the scientific discoveries of tomorrow.

Successful candidates will work as part of a team to develop new circuits for future projects.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Supervised design of transistor level electronic circuits using Cadence IC6 design tools
  • Schematic entry and simulation
  • The layout of circuits along with verification checks
  • Simulation of layouts including extracted parasitic elements
  • The presentation of design work for review by members of the ASIC Design Group

In order to apply for this role you must have:


  • Are in full time education at university and returning to university ollowing the placement
  • The right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the placement which is 12 weeks
  • A knowledge and understanding of basic analogue circuit theory 
  • A knowledge and understanding of basic digital circuit theory 
  • Ability to apply basic electronics knowledge to more complex situations 


  • A basic knowledge and understanding of Verilog or VHDL 
  • A good general awareness of modern microelectronics technologies and practices 
  • Experience of using design software for Microelectronics (such as Cadence) 
  • Experience of transistor level design of analogue circuits (Labs/project)
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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