STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC250655
Location Edinburgh See on Map
Salary £26932
Date Posted 28 October 2019
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Graduates
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 17 November 2019
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £26,932
Grade: UKRI - C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 17th November 2019
Interview Date: Interviews will be held at one of our assessment centre in January 2020 - exact date TBC

 

STFC - UK ATC - Graduate Electronics Engineer in Astronomy Technology

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, technology and Engineering. For more information on STFC please view one of our videos - https://youtu.be/k9gaDSDzRQQ

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Our graduates join us in a permanent position,starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to anew level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for graduates with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these. See all our current graduate vacancies here.

The UK ATC

The UK ATC is the national centre for the design and production of world-leading astronomical instruments and systems in the United Kingdom. As a science driven, professional engineering organisation, we employ state-of-the-art technology across all engineering disciplines, including complex optical and infra-red detectors,vacuum-cryogenics, control electronics and software, for both astronomy and non-astronomy applications, in collaboration with academic and industrial partners around the world. The instruments we produce are unique and technically challenging, but must be easy to use and highly reliable in difficult environments, such as on high mountain sites and in Space.

Current projects at the UK ATC include; Harmoni instrument for the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), which will be the largest optical and infra-red telescope ever built. Mid InfraRed Instrument (MIRI) for the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s flagship successor to Hubble. For more information about UK ATC and current projects please visit: https://www.technologysi.stfc.ac.uk/Pages/United-Kingdom-Astronomy-Technology-Centre.aspx

Summary of key duties & responsibilities

As a Graduate Electronics Engineer at the UK ATC you will work on a range of multi-disciplined projects alongside other engineers, technicians, scientists and project managers.  You will be responsible for delivering electronics work modules to the project schedule.

Key duties would provide an opportunity for you to develop skills in a number of areas, for example: optical and near infrared detector systems, image data analysis to characterise detectors, electronics systems involving analogue and digital designs, implementing instrument control, configuring and programming PLCs, generating embedded code, and PCB schematic capture and design.

Through your training and development programme, you will have opportunity to broaden their technical and personal management skills.


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.

Criteria to be assessed throughshortlisting (S), at Interview (I) or both (S&I) as indicated.

Essential:         

  • Obtained first degree Bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in electronics engineering in either 2018, 2019 orbe due to receive it in 2020 (S)
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above (S)
  • The right to work in the UK (S)
  • Knowledge of analogue and digital electronics design (S&I)
  • Knowledge of circuit analysis (S&I)
  • Experience of PCB design - schematic capture and simulation (S&I)
  • Embedded programming/firmware experience (S&I)
  • Strong communication, organisational and presentational skills (S&I)
  • Good interpersonal skills (S&I)
  • Sound technical awareness and creative problem solving competency (I)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (S).

Desirable:

  • Experience with control systems and PLCs (S&I)
  • Knowledge of imaging detectors, e.g. CCD/CMOS (S&I)
  • Data/Image analysis with using MATLAB or equivalent (S&I)    
  • Practical skills with laboratory test equipment, including interfacing with LabVIEW (S&I)
  • PCB Layout experience (S&I)
  • Familiarity with unix/linux operating systems (S&I).
  • Current starting salary of £26,932, plus annual incremental increase, a £1,000 welcome bonus and a £2,000 salary increase after the first year
  • Subject to performance you will be promoted after two years with us, resulting in a further salary increase
  • STFC’s Graduate scheme is accredited by: the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Physics. STFC is also organisational member of the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT
  • You’ll get the chance to work on cutting-edge projects with international collaborators
  • STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege holidays, flexible working hours and an exceptional pension scheme
  • Every graduate is provided with a mentor to help support them through the graduate scheme and to become chartered.
UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

In order to apply for this role you must have:

  • Obtained your first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2018, 2019 or be due to receive it in 2020
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above
  • The right to live and work in the UK

Please apply online only. Please submit a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role.

Please ensure that your name and the IRC reference are included in the file name description of each document uploaded. Please also state where you saw this role advertised. No Agencies.

We recruit on a rolling basis therefore we recommend you to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis until our assessment centres are filled.

The assessment centre for this vacancy will be in  January 2020 and will be held at the UK ATC in Edinburgh.

Closing Date: 17th November 2019

To find out more about our graduate assessment process please visit: http://www.stfccareers.co.uk/careers/graduates/
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