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Electrical Engineer (Electrical/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.

The Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is the UK's provider of large scale inter-disciplinary research, associated infrastructures and their supporting technologies, which enable UK researchers to investigate the world we live in and understand the building blocks of the Universe.

We are seeking an electrical engineering sandwich student to join the STFC Engineering Technology Centre (ETC) at Daresbury Laboratory, Cheshire. You will be part of a team of electrical engineers, designers and technicians that are responsible for delivering innovative solutions to a variety of interesting and complex engineering challenges on collaborative projects primarily for the STFC science programme. This will involve the design, assembly, installation and performance testing of engineering systems to be located at various international science facilities.

The ETC requires an electrical engineer with some practical power electronics experience and knowledge of electrical power converters to successfully deliver high profile projects and maintain the UK’s reputation in these fields.

List of Duties / Responsibilities

Working closely within a multi-disciplinary team, the post holder will:

  • Follow the lead electrical engineer’s role and interact closely with internal and university based engineering teams to deliver international collaborative projects.
  • Learn specialist power electronics knowledge and apply them to the design, assembly, test and commissioning of high performance engineering solutions.
  • Gain an understanding of project requirements with customers, and be able to monitor project management documentation including; specifications, Gantt charts, resource and procurement plans.
  • Perform design calculations and prototype testing for challenging engineering problems and produce technical reports.
  • Assist a lead engineer with electrical engineering consultation and fault diagnosis for a wide range of science applications including vacuum equipment, motion control, protection systems and power quality management.
  • Manage project files containing all project documentation and contribute to continual improvement within the Divisions BS EN ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System
  • Applicants must be capable of working at professional engineer level and be enrolled on an engineering degree with a knowledge of power electronics.

Personal Skills and Attributes

  • An ability to think creatively, to seek and accept change and continuous improvement.
  • High level of drive, enthusiasm and focus on the achievement of goals. Ability to utilise organisational systems effectively.
  • Strong inter-personal skills, particularly in communication, motivation and problem-solving.
  • The ability to see the corporate implications of actions and self-identification with the organisation. The reflection of STFC values in behaviour and attitude.



  • English Language GCSE grade C or similar
  • Mathematics or Physics A Level grade B or similar


  • Enrolled on an Electrical/Electronic degree course 

Knowledge/Skills and Experience 


  • Reasonable Knowledge of power electronic components and their uses.
  • Reasonable knowledge of project management techniques.
  • PC experience including the following applications; MS Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and MS Project.
  • Experience of presenting ideas and solutions to a varied audience.
  • Knowledge of electrical wiring diagrams and schematic drawings.


  • Knowledge of Design packages including AutoCAD.
  • Knowledge of motion control systems.
  • Practical experience and knowledge of electrical / electronic simulation software such as MicroCap (or similar PSPICE based simulation package), or LabView (or similar software development programs).
  • An understanding of AC distribution requirements and power quality issues.
  • An understanding of EMC, noise reduction and earthing techniques.
  • Practical experience and knowledge of using control interfaces and state flow diagrams. 

Special Requirements


  • 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 


  • Ability to adapt new knowledge and skills to different applications
  • Willingness to travel within the UK to other STFC sites

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