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Beam Diagnostics Engineer - Industrial Placement

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The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science, technology and Engineering. 

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

Each year we offer opportunities to undergraduate students to gain practical experience, working alongside technical experts at the forefront of scientific research. We offer an invaluable experience with exposure to world class science and technology, and the opportunity to develop working relationships that continue well after your placement has finished.

STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for placement students with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these.

The Accelerator Diagnostic & Instrumentation Group (ADIG) within the Accelerator Science & Technology Centre (ASTeC) at Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire is engaged in a number of projects requiring development of accelerator diagnostics 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 their progress and project requirements. During 2020/21, substantial CLARA accelerator Phase 2 development and implementation work will be underway as well as a range of other opportunities within the department. 

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

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Design and development of Electronics using CAD facilities
  • Design and development of infrastructure and systems
  • 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 both within the ADIG, and will also liaise with other technical and science groups within the laboratory. They will keep a log book of their work and be regularly interviewed by their year in Industry Supervisor to ensure consistency across the scheme, and the candidate’s personal development is progressed.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.


  • Be at university, enrolled on an undergraduate degree course and required or have requested to take a year out of studies to gain experience within industry
  • Right to live and work in the UK
  • Expected Grades of at least 2:2
  • A-C at A levels ( including Science or Technical Subjects)
  • A-C at GCSE (Including Science and Maths)
  • Electronic/Instrumentation Skills
  • Familiarity with ICT including Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and internet
  • Give examples of good team working capabilities and also to work unaided.


  • ICT Subject qualification
  • Basic experience with LabView
  • Experience of electronic simulation Software packages.

Interview Criteria


  • Demonstrable practical/problem Solving ability and ‘can do’ nature
  • Good communication skills
  • Demonstrate good team working capabilities and also to work unaided
  • 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
  • Enthusiastic with a desire to achieve goals and meet timescales
  • Ability to focus on the work in hand
  • Willingness to seek advice and guidance.


  • LabView example work
  • Electronic simulation and design packages
  • Experience with optical systems
  • Be interested in science and engineering in general
  • Understand and apply practical project management.

Beam Diagnostics Engineer - Industrial Placement - IRC250818

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