Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC252479
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30782 - £42576
Date Posted 14 January 2020
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 05 February 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 to £42,576 per annum (Depending on skills and experience)
Band: D to E
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full time
Closing Date: Wednesday 5th February 2020
Interview Date: W/C 17th February 2020

STFC is a world-leader in the fields of high-end CMOS Image Sensors and Mixed Signal ASICs, putting Microelectronic solutions at the heart of scientific discovery.

The CMOS Sensor Design Group at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory is world-leading in the design of CMOS Image Sensor for the most challenging of applications. These 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.

We work with world-leading CMOS Image Sensor foundries, optimizing their sensing technology and designing the circuitry in deep 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 work closely with the scientific and industrial customers to specify the integrated circuit, as well as liaise with the foundries. Depending on the level of qualifications, you will lead projects from specification through design, manufacture and characterization, to delivery of the final image sensor and support for commissioning.

We operate under the BSI ISO 9001 Quality Management System to ensure the delivery of projects to time, cost and requirements.

If you are interested in a career as a Microelectronics Designer with an exciting, challenging and diverse portfolio of work, and you are enthusiastic, have good interpersonal skills and enjoy working in a team environment, then we have a range of exciting opportunities for you.

Further Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities

  • 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
  • Design of novel pixels using state-of-art microelectronics technologies
  • Competence with using a major IC design tool suite (preferably Cadence)
  • 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 & Laboratory
  • Active participation in design reviews
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills (in English)
  • Good team working skills, plus an ability for independent thought
  • A strong desire for Continuing Professional Development
  • Substantial experience of design projects and teams management
  • Support and mentor junior designers
  • Some basic experience in defining specification to customer needs.

Our Designers are offered permanent contracts and will work on real projects from day one. We will support your personal development and provide both technical and personal skills training to enable you to achieve your full potential with us.

For an informal discussion about this role please contact: Nicola Carlo Guerrini 01235446212

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



  • BEng (first class or 2:1) or higher (e.g. MEng, MSc), in a relevant discipline (e.g. Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Physics, Electronics).


  • PhD in a relevant discipline.

Knowledge and Experience


  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of basic analogue microelectronic design principles
  • Knowledge of relevant EDA packages
  • Substantial experience in managing small designs for band D
  • Substantial experience managing large designs for band E
  • Management of design project and team members.


Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of basic digital microelectronic design principles.

Personal Skills and Qualities


  • Clear, comprehensive and coherent application
  • Good written communication skills (in English)
  • Demonstrate problem solving ability
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively in a team.


  • Demonstrate to work effectively to a fixed deadline.

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.

Interview Criteria

Personal Skills/Qualities


  • Self-motivated with a systematic and analytical approach
  • Aptitude for problem solving and diagnosis of challenging problems
  • Conscientious, reliable, hardworking and flexible
  • Positive attitude to project management.


  • Ability to work to a fixed deadline
  • Innovative and open minded to new design methodologies.

Knowledge and Experience related to position


  • Basic understanding of MOS transistors
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of basic analogue microelectronic design principles
  • Transistor level analogue design experience including simulation, full custom layout and physical verification
  • Ability to apply basic knowledge to more complex situations
  • Good general awareness of modern microelectronics and image sensor design issues
  • Demonstrate a track record of IC design in modern Microelectronics technologies/CMOS image sensors (band E)
  • Demonstrate a track record in the management of design projects (Band E)
  • Demonstrate the ability of defining specifications to the customer needs (band E)
  • Demonstrate a deep knowledge and understanding of analogue and mixed mode microelectronic design principles (Band E)
  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of Noise sources in analogue CMOS circuits (Band E)
  • Experience in supporting and mentoring junior team members.


  • Experience with Verilog HDL coding, digital simulation, synthesis, and place & route layout
  • Demonstrate an understanding of solid state physics
  • Project Management, System Engineering underISO9000 (band E).

Presence/Communication Skills


  • Good verbal communication skills (in English)
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels with internal and external colleagues and customers
  • Aptitude for problem solving and diagnosis of challenging problems
  • Positive attitude to project management
  • Good (band E) presentation skills.

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.

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Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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