Electronics Design Engineer


Direct Entry Job Permanent Harwell, UK

Uploaded 17 Nov 2020

Job Description

About Us

The Science & Technology Facilities Council is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is an 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.

RAL Space is one of the largest interdisciplinary space departments in Europe, having celebrated more than 50-years excellence in space-flight and a proven track record contributing to more than 200 instruments in space. The department works throughout the lifecycle of space missions - from leading concept studies for future missions; developing bespoke, innovative scientific instrumentation; providing space test and ground-based facilities; operating ground-stations, and to processing and analysing data.

About the role

You will be designing high-performance electronics across a diverse range of space instrumentation at the forefront of space technology. These high-performance electronics will explore the solar system and go to Mars and beyond.

The Electronics Design group is seeking to recruit four electronics design engineers to support their current and rapidly increasing project portfolio. The group is recognised for its major contributions in a diverse range of space instrumentation including imaging electronics on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, the Russian Hubble-class World Space Observatory-Ultraviolet, the RAMAN spectrometer on ESA’s EXOMars rover and much more…

As a Electronics Design Engineer, you will work alongside over 40 other staff members in the Imaging Systems Division who have a diverse range of skills in systems, electronics and optical engineering design, quantum science, electronics manufacture and production, real-time embedded software and project management.

Responsibilities for both Band D and Band E roles will be:

  • Analogue and digital circuit design
  • PCB layout of complex multilayer boards
  • Leading the functional testing of assembled boards
  • VHDL design work
  • The production of manufacturing drawings and parts lists
  • Reporting to senior project staff on progress as appropriate
  • Writing specifications, test plans, test reports and other documentation as required
  • Carrying out FMEA, reliability, parts stress and worst case analyses
  • Presenting their work at project reviews and progress meetings, which may be within the UK or abroad
  • Representing our department to our customers and partners during visits
  • Participating in outreach activities and tours of the Division/Department.

About you

You will be an experienced electronics design engineer with demonstrated knowledge of digital and analogue design, layout of complex multi-layer boards, analytical analysis, modelling, and practical electronic test experience. You will be highly self-motivated, with an excellent attention to detail and a strong solutions-focused approach to design challenges. The ability to work effectively within a team, often across multiple projects at the same time, is essential.

What we offer

This post will offer an excellent opportunity for extensive training and development. STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies, a subsidised restaurant and good public transport links.

How to Apply

Online applications only for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation to join STFC and the role you’re applying for. 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 your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

Person Specification

Essential criteria for both Band D and Band E roles: 

  • A minimum of a 2:2 in a first degree in electronic engineering or closely related subject or equivalent experience
  • Analogue and digital electronic design experience
  • Experience of PCB layout
  • Knowledge and use of analytical and modelling tools
  • Prior use of electronics CAD tools, especially schematic capture and circuit simulation
  • Proven practical skills such as verification and testing of circuit boards and components
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Excellent verbal communication skills

Desirable criteria for both Band D and Band E roles:

  • Knowledge of electronic system requirements for space applications
  • Experience using VHDL and/or Verilog
  • Experience using higher-level software programming languages or applications (e.g. C/C++, LabVIEW)
  • Experience of FMEA, reliability, parts stress and worst case analyses
  • Evidence of technical competence through the award of C.Eng or equivalent