Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC245361
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30357 - £38997
Date Posted 13 June 2018
Grade UKRI-Band D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 15 July 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,357 to £38,997 (dependent on skills and experience and inclusive of annual allowance)
Grade: UKRI - D
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing date: 15th July 2018

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. Through combining world-class facilities with major international collaborations, and some of the world’s most talented staff, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.

STFC is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new entity that brings together seven partner Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England to create an independent organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

The STFC Technology division provides advanced technology and engineering in support of both STFC funded activities and other high profile international projects. Our technologies and competencies are world class, and our expertise encompasses micro-nano engineering, through microelectronics, to major engineering structures.

About the Role

Within the Technology division The Microelectronics Centre, based at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, is offering an opportunity to work in a varied and dynamic environment performing an important role in a well-respected organisation that underpins much of the European microelectronics sector. 

We provide designers and a community of more than 650 European Universities and Research Establishments access to a world class microelectronics design infrastructure. We provide advanced technical consultancy and training across a broad range of topics from TCAD to Mixed Signal IC Design and from SoC to FPGAs.  We support designers in realising their circuits using the very latest tools from the leading names in Electronic Design Automation (EDA) including Cadence, Mentor Graphics and Synopsys. 

Our work has all the excitement of design, demands the same skills as design, but with customer interaction, variety and breadth not found in typical microelectronics design projects. Opportunities exist to join our team specialising in design tools and design methodologies in one of the following areas:

  • analogue and mixed signal IC design, verification and implementation
  • high frequency (RF) CMOS IC design, analysis and implementation
  • digital IC (including SoC) design verification and implementation
  • Silicon Photonics design and analysis.

This role places a strong emphasis on technical knowledge, providing expert advice, solving customer problems and communicating complex information in a clear and concise manner. 

As a Microelectronic and Nanoelectronic Integrated Circuit Design Methodology Engineer your responsibilities will include:

  • providing expert technical assistance to our customers working with EDA design tools in your area of expertise
  • evaluating new EDA tools, investigating new EDA tool capabilities and piloting new design methodologies
  • developing and presenting advanced train-the-trainer style courses consisting of lectures, design examples and practical exercises
  • creating technical guides documenting advanced tool features and effective usage
  • maintaining an up to date knowledge of relevant EDA design tools, latest developments and the future direction of the microelectronics, electronic systems or silicon photonics sector
  • working with other team members to develop strategy, identify opportunities, establish business relationships and deliver our core services.

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

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


  • a Degree (first class or 2:1) in a relevant discipline (e.g. Electrical and Electronic Engineering) or equivalent qualifications acceptable. Qualifications must meet IET educational requirements for CEng
  • additional relevant experience in EDA or microelectronics design, which can have been gained either in industry or a university research environment
  • minimum of three A-levels at grade C or above one of which must be mathematics, or equivalent
  • clear, comprehensive written communication skills as demonstrated by covering letter.


  • knowledge of relevant EDA packages
  • candidates recently graduated, or about to graduate, with a relevant PhD will be considered.

Interview Criteria


  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of electronic/microelectronic/photonic principles and circuits. Ability to think logically and apply current knowledge to more complex situations
  • genuine interest in electronics/microelectronics/photonics
  • good general awareness of modern electronics/microelectronics/photonics design issues and the general design flow process
  • dedication to maintaining relevant technical knowledge and continuing professional development
  • self-motivated with a systematic and analytical approach
  • conscientious, reliable, hardworking and flexible
  • aptitude for problem solving and diagnosis of challenging problems
  • good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels with internal and external colleagues and customers
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • high degree of professionalism, including the reflection and embodiment of STFC values in behaviour and attitude
  • ability to use unmodified computing equipment and complex EDA packages for extended periods of time
  • ability to integrate and work effectively within the existing team based environment
  • willingness to travel to UK customer sites (European and US travel may also be required).

What we offer

In return we offer an emphasis on training with excellent development opportunities and ability to progress professionally. You will have the opportunity to influence the future strategy and operations of the Microelectronics centre in an exciting period of rapid change.

STFC also offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies, a subsidised restaurant and good public transport links. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

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.

The closing date for applications is 15th July 2018, however, we encourage early applications as some candidates may be interviewed before this date.

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