STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC244992
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £37789 - £44488
Date Posted 25 April 2018
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 03 June 2018
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £37,789- £44,488 (dependent on experience and inclusive of annual allowance)
Grade: Band E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 3rd June 2018
Interview Date: Week commencing 18th June 2018

 

Background

A vacancy exists for an electronics and FPGA engineer within the Nuclear Physics Group (NPG) which sits within Technology Department at STFC Daresbury Laboratory. The NPG takes a leading role in a number of major international science collaborations, delivering state-of-the-art detector instrumentation systems.  NPG co-ordinates and supports the experimental research activities of the UK Nuclear Physics Community, providing expertise in computing, electronics, mechanical engineering, physics, project management and target making. The Nuclear Physics Group works closely with the Detector Systems Group at Daresbury to provide detector systems and system technologies in support of the broader STFC programme.

At the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) you belong to a community of experts who are driving science and technology forward. Our incredible diversity of research, technology and engineering projects truly fire the imagination and lead to real-world solutions which shape societies and transform lives.

Technology Department provides technology, engineering and support to STFC’s current and future facilities and programmes. The Department has 325 technical and scientific staff acting as a single department across three sites at the Daresbury Laboratory, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and UKATC. Working at the forefront of scientific endeavour is only possible with dedicated teams of engineers that are capable of turning scientific objectives into reality.

The Role:

Working closely within a multi-disciplinary engineering team in the NPG you will be responsible for specifying and  delivering electronics engineering solutions and support for a variety of the nuclear physics projects supported by STFC in UK, France (GANIL), Switzerland (CERN), Germany (FAIR), Japan  (Riken), Finland  (Jyvaskyla) and USA (FRIB).

We are looking for an electronics engineer with FPGA experience who can deliver electronics for scientific DAQ systems using high speed Ethernet networking. You will take responsibility at all stages of the design process from clarifying user requirements and specification through design, layout, manufacture, testing, installation, commissioning and support.

You will interact regularly with members of the UK nuclear physics community and their overseas collaborators, in order to understand their instrumentation requirements, offering them advice on the latest electronics technology that can be applied to radiation detector readout systems. Currently the system sizes range from a few tens of channels up to 100,000 channels. Typically the larger systems will have an analogue signal processing chain using custom ASICs with FPGA readout. Systems below 1000 channels normally use fast ADCs to digitize the incoming signals directly from the detectors’ preamplifiers followed by digital processing in an FPGA. In both cases data readout is by high speed Ethernet network links. Data is correlated by time stamping.

You will bring proven experience of delivering complex FPGA-based solutions implemented using your skills in VHDL (or Verilog). In addition you will be able to demonstrate competence in at least three of the following areas:

  • digital electronic design for high speed systems (typically high speed serial data links, FPGA-based board design, ADC, DAC, DDR memories…)
  • analogue electronic design (e.g. low noise detector preamplifiers, gain and offset buffers, grounding techniques)
  • PCB design for the above including schematic capture, PCB layer stack design, multi-layer PCB layout and routing (Cadence based experience preferred)
  • radiation detectors (characterisation, mounting/bonding, biasing, readout)
  • project management.

You will have excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills to work with a range of colleagues and stakeholders both in UK and overseas including: Nuclear Physicists, Engineers (Mechanical, Electrical and Software) and procurement/contracts staff. 

We are looking for someone with advanced inter-personal skills, particularly in communication; negotiating; networking and team building; motivation and problem-solving who is focused on delivering working, high quality solutions to meet the project objectives. You will have a very high level of drive, enthusiasm and focus on the achievement of goals together with a strong ability to think creatively, to seek and accept change and contribute to continuous improvement.

Travel in the UK and overseas will be required.


Organization Description


UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners 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 www.ukri.org.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting Criteria

Essential:

  • a degree in Electronic Engineering or Physics. Alternatively equivalent electronics experience which has been assessed and recognised by a professional body e.g. C.Eng MIET or equivalent
  • expertise in programming complex FPGAs using VHDL (or Verilog)
  • expertise in at least 3 of the following:
    • digital electronic design for high speed systems (typically high speed serial data links, FPGA-based board design, ADC, DAC, DDR memories…)
    • analogue electronic design (e.g. low noise detector preamplifiers, gain and offset buffers, grounding techniques)
    • PCB design for the above including schematic capture, PCB layer stack design, multi-layer PCB layout and routing (Cadence based experience preferred)
    • radiation detectors (characterisation ,mounting/bonding, biasing, readout)
    • project management
  • a well written CV and cover letter.

Desirable:

  • expertise in embedded C (C++) programming for use with soft-core and hard-core microprocessors
  • expertise in Embedded Linux
  • expertise in 1GB and 10GB Ethernet based firmware design (or a close equivalent).

Interview Criteria

Essential:

  • demonstrate FPGA expertise (Xilinx preferred, Altera acceptable; VHDL (or Verilog)programming is required)
  • you will be expected to demonstrate competence in at least 3 of the following areas:
    • analogue design (e.g. low noise detector preamplifiers, grounding techniques)
    • digital design for high speed systems (e.g. high-speed serial data links, FPGA-based board design, ADC, DAC, memories…)
    • PCB design of high speed, low noise boards including schematic capture, PCB layer stack design, multi-layer PCB layout and routing (Cadence based experience preferred)
    • radiation detectors (characterisation, mounting/bonding, biasing, readout)
    • project management
  • good communication and presentation skills with ability to communicate and interact with scientific, technical and engineering staff
  • organisational skills and time management with a flexible approach to changes in the work programme
  • able to travel in UK and overseas.

Desirable:

  • knowledge of Nuclear Physics experimental equipment and instrumentation
  • working knowledge of any of the following languages: German, French, Italian, Finnish.

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.

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 3rd June 2018. The interview/assessment date for this vacancy will be the week commencing 18th June 2018 and will be held at Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington.

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.