Radiation effects engineer

Cobham RAD Solutions

Graduate Position Permanent Harwell, UK

Uploaded 8 Nov 2018

Job Description

We are seeking a keen and motivated individual to fill a position involving the characterisation of electronic components during space radiation testing. Key requirements of the role include excellent practical measurement skills, the ability to select and assemble a suite of measuring instruments for a given test and an aptitude to write code to acquire data. A robust approach to quality, documentation and data fidelity is required, so as to achieve full compliance with the customers’ specifications and deliver to budget and on time.

We offer you a working environment with an ever changing range of customer jobs, from materials analysis to complex, System-on-Chip and FPGA system testing, via subsystems and equipment of all kinds. Facilities include our own TID test chamber with Cobalt-60 sources to accelerator facilities located across Europe and the USA.

We employ highly-skilled individuals and promote a ‘can do’ attitude to enable our people to achieve their full potential through ongoing education, training and recognition of exemplary performance.

Application process

A CV and cover letter should be sent to richard.sharp1@cobham.com.

Person Specification

Candidates are likely to have a formal qualification to degree level in electronic engineering or a related topic. However, practical experience of using measuring instruments, including the VISA API, and C++ coding under Windows are more important skills. You will be calm under pressure, possess good verbal and communication skills in English and have the determination to deliver.

Essential skills

  • Practical experience with electronic measuring instruments
  • Experience of C++ coding 
  • Experience of the VISA API 
  • Communicating with hardware and instrumentation

Desirable skills

  • Valid driving licence 
  • Electronics engineering experience 
  • Electronics engineering training, e.g. degree level education 
  • Experience of multi-threading applications 
  • Writing drivers for individual instruments 
  • Hands-on soldering and board prototyping 
  • Working in an ISO9001 environment 
  • Working in a commercial business  

Useful skills

  • Radiation effects knowledge 
  • Setting up and configuring new computers 


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