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Senior Electronics Design Engineer (Quantum Applications)

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Didcot, UK
£39748 - £44166 per annum
Posting live until
28 May 2023

Job Details


Senior Electronics Design Engineer (Quantum Applications)
RAL Space: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire (Hybrid)
Salary: Band E £39,748 to £44,166 per annum (dependent on skills & experience) *.
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full-Time or Part-Time (minimum 26 hours per week) (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)

*This role is eligible for up to £3,000 Responsibility and Retention Allowance gross per annum

Come and do the kind of engineering that made you want to be an engineer. Stretch your technical skills while building human understanding. Promote sustainability and create new materials. And, alongside world-leading scientists and technologists, shape projects that improve lives, and daily life, in the UK and far beyond.

Put simply, come and discover the impact you can make when you're equipped, encouraged and inspired to perform to your very best.

We are looking for an engineer to join the department's Electronics Design Group to support our emerging Quantum technology development projects. Working alongside a mixture scientists and engineers these projects include, amongst others, small-satellite demonstration missions for Quantum Key Distribution and the development of cold-atom gravitational and magnetic field sensors for space applications.

Having the ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, derive technical requirements and push forward the electronics development forms a key part of the role. It would suit an engineer who has a strong solutions-focus, is able draw upon a wide range of electronic design experience and has a willingness to learn and pick up new skills. Whilst our research and development work can be fast paced; quality, reliability and attention to detail form a key part of our industry.

With a comprehensive support network, drawing on expertise from across the department, you will play a leading role in bringing novel Quantum technologies into orbit for the first time and help lay the foundations for future world-class scientific instrumentation.

Responsibilities in this role are wide-ranging and will likely vary over time depending on each project's requirements but are always supported with a variety of training opportunities covering both technical and soft skills. Typical tasks are expected to include:

  • Analogue and digital circuit design;
  • Layout of complex multilayer PCBs;
  • VHDL and FPGA development work;
  • Oversight of PCB manufacture and electronic assembly using both internal and external facilities;
  • Leading the testing and characterisation of assembled boards;
  • Development of test systems and software required to support testing and characterisation work;
  • Working alongside other disciplines to support environmental testing, such as thermal-vacuum cycling and radiation-effect characterisation;
  • Detailed documentation of design information and results.
  • Contributing to technology development roadmaps, project planning and funding proposals for new work;
  • Communicating your work at project reviews, meetings, conferences, and outreach activities, which may be within the UK or abroad.

Person Specification

  • A degree in electronic engineering, physics, related disciplines, or equivalent experience;
  • Analogue electronic design experience;
  • Digital electronic design experience including basic knowledge of VHDL and/or Verilog;
  • Experience of PCB layout;
  • Demonstrable practical skills including the assembly and testing of circuit boards;
  • Experience using software programming languages or applications (e.g., C/C++, Python, LabVIEW)/

We ask some of the biggest questions in the universe, to answer some of the biggest challenges in the world. Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers and business support team explore the unknown across every field you could think of. And they turn what they find into work that changes the world around us.

What could you achieve with the world-leading facilities and experts of one of Europe's largest research organisations by your side? Join us and discover what's possible.

STFC values their employees by offering a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days' annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege holidays, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional average salary pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies and a subsidised restaurant.

Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 07710 115815.

The closing date for applications is 29th May 2023.


STFC imageAt the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), research is driven by practical applications and a curiosity to create a world-leading hub of scientific and engineering excellence. Our science and facilities enable researchers to answer fundamental questions about the nature of the universe. Success typically requires long-term strategic investment, international collaboration on a global scale and the capability to push the limits of technology and engineering. To remain internationally competitive in our areas of science and to keep our facilities at the leading edge, we have to develop bespoke technology that cannot be reliably sourced on the open market, for example in detectors and instrumentation, accelerators, specialist engineering, optics and e-infrastructure. These technologies are often also applied to address broader societal and industrial challenges and we actively promote their translation and commercialization.

Why work for us
When you join STFC, you become a key part of one of Europe’s largest research organizations. We are trusted to support, enable, and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields that you could be a part of. With access to our world-class facilities, people like you are helping us to drive ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology.

  • The Particle Physics Department (PPD) is one of the largest particle physics groups in the UK. We design, construct and operate some of the most sensitive scientific instruments in the world, collaborating with partners in academia, industry and international laboratories such as CERN. We currently work with the ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, DUNE, Hyper-K, T2K, MICE, Lux-Zeplin, DEAP-3600, CERN RD50, Electron Ion Collider and AION collaborations.
  • The National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) is a £93m UKRI investment over five years based at the Harwell Campus. This is a strategic element within the overall £1bn, 10-year investment into quantum technologies made by the UK since 2014.

Our benefits

  • 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days.
  • Flexible or hybrid working may be available dependent on role.
  • Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%).
  • Sport and social groups across campus with access to an on-site gym.

For more information on all of our employee benefits, visit

Who we are looking for
The UK has a world-class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the World Wide Web. Therefore it is vital for us to have the best people at all levels throughout UKRI. We want to continue to attract a mix of talented professionals, scientists and engineers.


Number of employees
STFC has 2594 staff members across the UK and UKRI has approx. 8000

Main areas of research
Our work encompasses everything from the physical, biological and social
sciences, to innovation, engineering, medicine, the environment, as well as arts and the humanities

Positions recently recruited for
Electronic engineers, data scientists, research associates CMS/DUNE, research associate on electron ion collider (EiC), ion trap physicists

Desired degree disciplines/class
A STEM degree

How to apply
Apply online at 

Closing date
All year round

Quantum physics and computing vacancies: E-mail
Particle physics vacancies: E-mail

Company info
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
OX11 0QX

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