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Electronic Engineering - Year-Long Placement

STFC offers you an opportunity to gain paid practical experience as part of your degree. Each year STFC recruit up to 45 sandwich students who are able to use and develop the skills they’ve acquired at university in a working environment, providing learning on the job and working on real projects alongside expert scientists and engineers. Learning new skills to help in their further studies. 

You will be based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, within the Electronics Group of the Imaging Systems Division in RAL Space.

RAL Space has a long-standing heritage of excellence in space-flight stretching back over 50 years. Recent projects carried out by RAL Space have included a camera for the International Space Station, cameras for NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and the Russian World Space Observatory, and electronic systems for ESA’s Earthcare mission. You will work as part of a team that develops scientific camera electronics for a wide range of space and ground-based missions. The work offered will provide you with experience of all aspects of the design cycle and will focus on the research and technology development aspects of division.

The core project is a continuation of a current project to research Digital Correlated Double Sampling (DCDS) for use in future scientific camera designs and in particular large focal plane arrays for both ground and space-based applications. The study includes developing mathematical models, experimental work in the laboratory, data acquisition and analysis, presenting results and writing reports.

List of duties / responsibilities

  • Assist with developing the mathematical noise model relating to DCDS.
  • Develop software tools to carry out a range of DCDS tests.
  • Perform lab-based tests on a DCDS test system.
  • Analyse results and Create test reports.
  • Assist senior engineers with the design, development and test of current projects.

Personal skills & Attributes

  • Able to demonstrate up to date knowledge of analogue and digital electronic techniques.
  • Possess an analytical approach to problem solving.
  • Methodical with a high degree of attention to detail.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience in LabVIEW and C programming would be an advantage but not essential.

Knowledge/Skills and Experience

Essential:

  • Experienced in analogue and digital electronic techniques.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft office – including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Desirable:

  • Circuit modelling and simulation experience, for example OrCAD, PSpice.
  • Experience of LabVIEW and /or C programming.

Personal Skills & Qualities

Essential:

  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be able to work as part of a team.
  • The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical.

Interview Criteria

Essential:

Must have an analytical approach to problem solving.
Methodical with a high degree of attention to detail.
Must have excellent communication skills as there is a requirement to give presentations and carryout some report writing.

Knowledge/Skills and Experience

Essential:

  • Experience with analogue and digital electronic techniques.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft office – including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Desirable:

  • Circuit modelling and simulation experience, for example OrCAD, PSpice.
  • Experience of LabVIEW and /or C programming.

Special Requirements

Essential:

  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities.
  • The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical.

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