Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC243040
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £47725 - £59028
Date Posted 23 October 2017
Grade RC-F
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 26 November 2017
Interview Date

Salary: £47,725 - £53,028 (plus up to £6,000 allowances for exceptional candidates)
Grade: RC-F
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 26th November 2017
Interview Date: 6th December 2017


In STFC’s Technology Department, the CMOS Sensor Design Group at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is a world leader in the design of CMOS image sensors for some of the most challenging scientific applications.

The applications range from ‘big science’ applications for Space or Particle Physics experiments, Synchrotron instrumentation and Nuclear Physics experiments, to advanced industrial applications such as Medical X-ray imaging or ultra-high speed imaging.  Our designs are contributing to making extraordinary scientific discoveries, from understanding our biology to exploring new planets, as well as improving the quality of our daily life, for example providing better diagnostic and therapeutic tools to healthcare.

The Group works with world-leading CMOS Image Sensor foundries, optimising their sensing technology and designing circuitry in sub-micron feature sizes below the 100-nm level.  For this, we use state-of-art, industry-standard Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Technology CAD (TCAD).

You will be responsible for developing the Group’s strategy and work closely with STFC’s scientific and industrial customers to develop partnerships and projects to continue to expand and develop the STFC portfolio of products.  Given the technical nature of the work the Group the Leader is expected to be an active designer as well as help lead projects from specification through design, manufacture and characterisation, to delivery of the final image sensor and support for commissioning.

The Group is part of a Detector and Electronics Division that operates under the BSI ISO 9001 Quality Management System to ensure the delivery of projects to time, cost and requirements.  You will be based with the team at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire.

List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities

Specifically you would lead the strategy development of the CMOS Imaging Group, develop project opportunities and select and prioritise suitable projects to pursue.  You would then lead the team to carry out these projects and engage with the wider Division and STFC.  This will include recruiting, managing, training and selecting staff to fulfil the project portfolio.  You will balance the finances of the Group to achieve the project deliverables and sustain the long term strategic detector development aims.

You must have current knowledge and experience of the technical skills of the team and these include:

  • the specification, detailed design, simulation and layout of low-noise, high-performance CMOS image sensors
  • transistor level analogue design, simulation, full custom layout and physical verification of circuits such as op-amps, ADCs and DACs, gigabit I/O ports
  • the design of novel pixels using state-of-art microelectronics technologies
  • physical device modelling of CMOS image sensor pixels
  • verilog HDL coding, digital simulation, synthesis, and place & route layout
  • manage microelectronics design projects
  • interact constructively with Customers, Group members and other staff in the Department and Laboratory
  • active participation in design reviews
  • help maintain local instructions and design checklists.

Contacts and Communication

As our projects range from small internal teams to large international multi-disciplinary teams working across groups from Universities, Laboratories and Industry you would be expected to have very good communications skills both internally and externally to the organisation.

Personal Skills and Attributes

You must be interested in a technical leadership career that exploits CMOS Image Sensors, have a good awareness of basic microelectronic principles and how these apply to modern circuit design.  It is also essential that candidates have a good Honours degree or higher, in a relevant subject that meets with the IET’s requirements for CEng or equivalent.

You must be self-motivated and dedicated to understanding the continuously evolving microelectronics design tools and methods and be able to demonstrate a systematic and analytical approach to problem solving.

You must be reliable and flexible with good interpersonal skills, have the ability to integrate and work effectively within the existing close knit team and be proactive in mentoring and developing the junior staff.

Good written and verbal communication skills (in English) and the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, project partners and customers are essential.

You must also be willing and able to travel to sites both in the UK and overseas as requisite for their projects.

The post is based at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire, UK.

Any Other Relevant Information

You must have a track record in leading complex image sensor projects from the definition of their specifications to their delivery.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria



  • BEng (first class or 2:1) or higher (e.g. MEng, MSc), in a relevant discipline (e.g. Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Physics, Electronics)
  • minimum of three A-levels at grade C or above one of which must be mathematics, or alternative qualifications, (e.g. BTEC / international examinations) of an equivalent level.


  • MEng 2:1 or higher in a relevant discipline or equivalent
  • IET Membership or equivalent
  • PhD in a relevant discipline.

Knowledge and Experience 


  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of basic analogue microelectronic design principles and solid-state image sensors
  • relevant project experience in microelectronics or image sensors
  • knowledge of relevant EDA packages
  • experience in managing large high impact designs
  • management of design project and team members
  • demonstrated ability to specify a sensor to the customer requirements.


  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of basic digital microelectronic design principles
  • knowledge of relevant TCAD packages.

Personal Skills and Qualities 


  • a clear, comprehensive and coherent application
  • good written communication skills (in English)
  • demonstrate problem solving ability
  • demonstrate ability to work effectively in a team
  • demonstrate national leadership in an area of relevance to image sensor or mixed mode electronics.


  • demonstrate to work effectively to a fixed deadline Dedication to maintaining relevant technical knowledge and Continuing Professional Development.

Special Requirements 


  • demonstrate genuine interest in electronics, Microelectronics and CMOS image sensor design
  • ability to use unmodified VDU equipment and complex programming software for extended periods of time.


  • ability to travel to customer sites (Domestic and International). Essential requirement for band E and F appointments.

In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

From April 2018, UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. From 1 April 2018 your employer will be UK Research and Innovation. More information can be found online

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV, ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. No Agencies.

The closing date for applications is 26th November 2017. The interview/assessment date for this vacancy is 6th December 2017 and will be held at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot, Oxfordshire.

We want to make our application process as easy for you as we possibly can. If you experience any problems in applying for this job, or have any feedback for us about the application process, please contact our Recruitment Hotline on 01793 867000 (8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday). Please quote the appropriate IRC reference number when calling.