Electronics Design Engineer

UKRI - UK Research and Innovation

Graduate Position Permanent Harwell, UK

Uploaded 11 Jan 2022

Job Description

Job Title: Facility Director
Salary: £31,931 to £44,166 per annum (dependent on skills and experience) (plus additional role-based allowance of up to £3,000)
Grade: Band D or E
Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire 
Hours: Full-Time/Part time (minimum 26 hours per week)
Contract type: Open Ended
Closing Date: 23rd January 2022


We are looking to recruit Senior/Electronic Design Engineers within the department’s Imaging Systems Division, STFC, RAL SPACE to support our current and rapidly increasing project portfolio. 

RAL Space is one of the largest interdisciplinary space departments in Europe, having a consistent 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 scientific instrumentation, providing space test and ground-based facilities, operating ground-stations, and to processing and analysing data.

The group is recognised for its major contributions in a diverse range of space instrumentation; standout highlights include:

  • Imaging electronics on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, a flagship mission designed to understand the causes of solar variability and its impacts on Earth
  • Imaging electronics for the RAMAN spectrometer on ESA’s ExoMars rover, looking to identify minerals and biomarker signatures of past and/or current life on Mars
  • Electronics for the SPICE ultraviolet spectrometer on ESA’s Solar Orbiter, to study a range of solar questions including the origins of the coronal magnetic field
  • A mass spectrometer on ESA’s Rosetta/Philae mission to Comet 67-P, to investigate the origin and composition of comets, and where the water on Earth originates.

Key Responsibilities

As a Senior/Electronics Design Engineer you will work alongside over 40 other staff in the Imaging Systems Division who have skills such as electronics and optical engineering design, quantum science, electronics manufacture and production, real-time embedded software and project management. Therefore, having the ability to work effectively within a team, often across multiple projects at the same time forms a key part of the role. This provides and exiting career and allows you to have project responsibility from the outset within a close supporting framework.

Our engineers are expected to be able to represent the Group, the Division and the Department to our external customers, suppliers, VIP visitors and at outreach events, so excellent verbal and written communication skills is critical. 

Being highly self-motivated, with an excellent attention to detail and a strong solutions-focused approach to design challenges is something we ask from our engineers each day to ensure quality work is being implemented. 

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
  • Writing specifications, test plans, test reports and other documentation as the need arises
  • Carrying out FMEA, reliability, parts stress and worst-case analyses
  • Communicating your work at project reviews, progress meetings and outreach activities, which may be within the UK or abroad.

At Band E you will also:

  • Play a leading role in project teams, with coordination between different disciplines
  • Provide technical support and advice to other specialists in the division
  • Take a lead role in design reviews
  • Provide significant contributions to proposals for new work as required.

Any other Relevant Information

In the course of this role there will be some travel within the UK and overseas where government regulation allows. You will also be required to work in a cleanroom environment. 

We believe the post will provide an excellent opportunity for extensive specialist training and development, covering both technical aspects of the role and wider development of people and project management skills. STFC can also offer support with professional development by assisting with membership subscriptions, including the IET or equivalent institutions.

Person Specification

The following criteria will be assessed at Shortlisting (S), Interview (I) or both (S&I)

Essential criteria for both Band D and Band E roles: 

  • A degree in electronic engineering or closely related subject or equivalent experience (S)
  • Analogue electronic design experience (S&I)
  • Digital Electronic design experience including knowledge of VHDL and/or Verilog (S&I)
  • Experience of PCB layout (S&I)
  • Prior use of electronics CAD and modelling tools, especially schematic capture and circuit simulation (S&I)
  • Demonstrable practical skills such as verification and testing of circuit boards and components (S&I)
  • Excellent written communication skills (S)
  • Excellent verbal communication skills. (I)

Additional Essential criteria for Band E:

  • Advanced analogue and digital electronic design experience (S&I)
  • Knowledge of advanced PCB layout design techniques, especially of complex, multi-layered boards. (S&I)

Desirable criteria for both Band D and Band E roles:

  • Knowledge of electronic system requirements for space applications (S&I)
  • Experience using higher-level software programming languages or applications (e.g. C/C++, LabVIEW) (S&I)
  • Experience of FMEA, reliability, parts stress and worst-case analyses (S&I)

Desirable criteria for band E:

  • Project management skills/qualification (S&I)
  • Proven people management experience. (S&I)