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Electronics Engineer Industrial Placement - STFC

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

The ISIS neutron and muon source is a world leading research centre at STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) in Oxfordshire.  

At the heart of ISIS is a high power particle accelerator. The Low Energy Beams Group, (LEBG) is responsible for creating the initial particle beam and delivering it to the ISIS accelerator. The group also runs several test stands for accelerator research and development. The Electrical Section of the group is responsible for maintaining, supporting and developing all electrical and electronic equipment associated with the Low Energy Beams Group. This includes equipment required for both ISIS operations and for accelerator test stands.  

The equipment is a mix of commercial and in-house developed systems including: 100 A pulsed power supplies; 25 kV pulsed power supplies; 65 kV DC power supplies; temperature control systems; pulsed gas control systems; timing systems; interlock systems; and a host of smaller low voltage/low current power supplies and sub-systems required for monitoring and controlling the operation of ion source and low energy beam transport systems. 

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

During this industrial placement opportunity, the successful student will be undertaking the following tasks: 

  • Designing and building (with the support of the Electrical Section) a low light plasma diagnostics system 
  • Testing the low light plasma diagnostics system on a particle beamline 
  • Engaging with and support LEBG development and operational activities 

In order to apply for this role you must have:  


  • At university, enrolled on an undergraduate degree course and required or have requested to take a year out of studies to gain experience within industry  
  • Right to live and work in the UK  
  • Knowledge of basic electrical /electronic principles and concepts  
  • Conversant with engineering drawings and circuit diagrams 


  • Good interpersonal skills  
  • Willing to work in radiation areas 
  • Experience of prototype electrical /electronic manufacturing assembly and testing 
  • Experience of electronic schematic drawing software and/or CAD packages 
  • Understanding of Low level analogue signal conditioning and processing using operational amplifiers

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

The STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world. 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake ground-breaking projects in an outstanding diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving progressive advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale. 

For more information about STFC please visit 

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About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation. 

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How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’

Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 

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