Graduate working at STFC

Beam Diagnostics Engineer (Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Physics, Mechatronics) - 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.

ASTeC is engaged in a number of projects requiring development of accelerator diagnostic techniques using novel electronic and optical techniques. The activities range from undertaking design studies , developing systems, designing prototypes, undertaking performance tests to installation and commissioning for final operations. Below is a list of current and anticipated activities and the candidate will be given a range of assignments within the scope of this list, and at various levels depending upon the progress of the projects and requirements. During 2017/18, substantial CLARA Phase 2 development and implementation work will be underway. The right student could play a key role in assisting with this work, and would additionally acquire skills and training in the following critical areas:

  • Development of electronics and infrastructure for non-destructive electron beam measurement.
  • Development/improvement of systems for optical beam imaging, and processing of image data.
  • Development of Laser based diagnostics and electronic sub-systems to support this.
  • Development of analogue and digital low level RF systems.
  • Development of micro-controller electronic systems and supporting electronics/interfaces.

List of Duties/Responsibilities

  • Design and development of Electronics using CAD facilities.
  • Design and development of Mechanical systems using CAD facilities.
  • Design and development of conventional and laser optical systems.
  • Production and testing of designs.
  • Analysis of experimental data.
  • Development and implementation of operational procedures.
  • Gain an understanding of engineering in multi-disciplinary environments.
  • Contacts and Communication
  • You will work, communicate and learn within the Lasers and Diagnostic Group. You will keep a log book of their work and be regularly interviewed by your Year in Industry Supervisor to ensure consistency across the scheme, and that your personal development has progressed.

Personal skills and attributes

  • Willingness to work in interdisciplinary areas.
  • Enthusiasm and focus on the achievement of goals.
  • Good communication particularly writing and presentation skills.



  • Expected Grades 2:2 and above.
  • 3 A-C at A levels ( including Science or Technical Subjects).
  • 4 A-C at GCSE (Including Science and Maths).


  • ICT Subject qualification

Knowledge/skills and Experience


  • Electronic/ Instrumentation Skills.
  • Demonstrable practical/problem Solving Skills.
  • Familiarity with ICT including Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Web.


Basic experience with LabView.

  • Electronic simulation and design packages.
  • Experience with optical systems.
  • Basic experience in project management.

Personal skills & qualities


  • Good communication skills.
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities and also to work unaided.
  • The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical.


  • Be interested in science and engineering in general.
  • Have a full UK driving license.

Interview Criteria


  • Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them.
  • Enthusiastic with a desire to achieve goals and meet timescales.
  • Ability to focus on the work in hand.
  • Willingness to seek advice and guidance.
  • Demonstrate a practical ‘can do’ nature.


  • Understand and apply practical project management

Knowledge/Skills and Experience


  • Good communication skills.
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities.
  • The willingness to learn new skills, both technical and non-technical.
  • Open minded and flexible in relation to the type of work assigned to them


  • Be interested in science and the world around in general.

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