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Microelectronics Design Summer Placement

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Salary: £20,650 
Hours: Full time
Contract Type: Fixed Term for 12 weeks
Location: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire
Interviews: The recruitment process involves a technical interview only that will take place onsite in April 2024
Start: Summer 2024

The ASIC design team based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory has a world-class reputation for delivering advanced Integrated Circuit designs to implement the most challenging science applications. 

From ‘big science’ facilities such as the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, to exploring the solar system with space probes such as Rosetta and Bepi Colombo, our microelectronics help make possible the scientific discoveries of tomorrow.

Summer Placements at STFC

STFC’s incredibly diverse range of placements allow you to work alongside world leading engineers, scientists, and technicians in highly collaborative environments. Whichever you choose, you will become a critical member of the team in which you will be exposed to exciting projects and challenges from the start. You will also be supported every step of the way by our dedicated Early Careers Development Team 

STFC offers a benefits package crafted to provide an excellent work/life balance including flexible working hours, health promotion programmes, and subsidised restaurant and coffee outlets. For more information on our full list of benefits, please visit here:

About the role

This summer placement will undertake supervised design of MOSFET transistor circuits in a friendly team environment, using leading industry software.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Schematic entry and simulation.
  • The layout of circuits along with verification checks.
  • Simulation of layouts including extracted parasitic elements.
  • The presentation of design work for review by members of the ASIC Design Group

To apply for this placement, we are looking for the following:

Essential criteria:

  • Are in full time education at university, and will be returning to university/your studies to complete your undergraduate degree following the placement
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK for the duration of the placement 
  • A knowledge and understanding of basic analogue circuit theory
  • A knowledge and understanding of basic digital circuit theory 
  • A good understanding of Low-voltage MOSFET theory and application 
  • An ability to apply basic electronics knowledge to more complex situations

Desirable criteria:

  • A basic knowledge and understanding of Verilog or VHDL
  • A good general awareness of modern microelectronics technologies and practices 
  • Experience of using design software for Microelectronics (such as Cadence) 
  • Experience of transistor level design of analogue circuits (Labs/project)

Important Information

Please note, we can only accept two applications per candidate.

Part of our application process involves submitting your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should address your suitability for the opportunity based on how you meet each essential criteria stated in this advert.

We also hold the right to close this vacancy early if a sufficient number of applications have been received. 

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we ask the biggest questions in the universe to find answers that change the world around us. We seek understanding. We’re proud of the impact we make. And we’re committed to helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy. Being part of all this means contributing to work that pushes boundaries and creates possibilities. You’ll work with, and learn from, true experts. Whatever your role, you’ll be free to question, and encouraged to share ideas. And, in a positive and supportive culture, you’ll discover just what a difference you can make when you’re equipped and inspired to excel.

We’re a place where curious minds thrive. Not bound by profit, we explore ideas that others don’t, ask questions that others won’t, and discover answers that others are not equipped to find. And, alongside Mars landings and black holes, we also explore diverse, international projects in everything from science and engineering to computing and technology. Whether it’s at the cutting edge or behind the scenes, our work is intellectually challenging. It’s very often ground-breaking.  And it’s endlessly, irresistibly fascinating.

For more information about STFC please visit 

You can also visit our careers site 

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. 

More information can be found at  

Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.  For more details, visit benefits of working for UKRI.

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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