Process and Assembly Technician/Engineer (RAL Space)


Direct Entry Job Permanent Harwell, UK

Uploaded 30 Oct 2019

Job Description

£24,777 - £28,932 or £30,782 - £35,459 (dependent on skills and experience and inclusive of annual allowance)                         

Band: UKRI C/D

Open-Ended (permanent) 

Full time/Part time (min 22.2 hours per week)

About the role

STFC’s RAL Space department carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development. We’ve had significant involvement in over 210 space missions and operate at the forefront of UK Space Research.

The Department Millimetre-wave Technology Group (MMTG) is seeking a Process and Assembly Technician/Engineer to support the production of high frequency electronic components. This is an exciting opportunity to join a small team of expert assembly personnel, scientists and engineers that deliver on state-of-the-art projects for the UK Research Councils and international agencies, such as the European Space Agency, European Southern Observatory and other leading national and international institutions.

You will play a key role in the assembly of electronic circuits in the frequency range from <1 GHz to 3 THz. The role involves following detailed assembly instructions as well as taking responsibility for the development of new processes. The majority of the assembly work will involve use of stereo optical microscopes to place, fix, and connect to miniature components. Methods include epoxy bonding, indium based soldering and wedge bonding of gold wire and ribbon. Comprehensive facilities to support this work include a dedicated class 10,000 clean room, scanning electron microscope, wire thermocompression bonder and micro-handling equipment. Also required is the undertaking of metal plating processes, to space flight standards, and more general processes required in the Group’s research, development and supply activities.

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science 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 and technology. 

As part of UK Research and Innovation, STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, an exceptional defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. 

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 24th November 2019.

Person Specification

About You

We are looking for a technician/engineer with excellent attention to fine detail and previous experience of working in an ESD cleanroom of at last ISO Class 7. You will be self-motivated, able to multitask and a real team player with excellent communication skills. An ability to follow written and verbal instructions is key as is the ability to interpret experimental results.

Applicants will have knowledge and direct experience of some of the following with training provided in other applicable areas). To be considered at Band D you will demonstrate many of the below criteria.

  • Cleanroom assembly of electronic, photonic, RF, Microwave or Millimetre-wave circuitry from discrete devices with the assistance of a stereo microscope
  • Design of masks for photolithography
  • Use of a thermocompression wedge bonder
  • Experience in using a scanning electron microscope (SEM)
  • Assembly of modules containing MMIC components
  • Preparation of precision-machined metal parts for electroplating.
  • Electroplating of precision-machined metal parts to high standard following procedures.