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Graduate Electronics Engineer in Astronomy Technology

Salary notes: 
Current starting salary of £26,932, plus annual incremental increase, a £1,000 welcome bonus and a £2,000 salary increase after the first year
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Graduate scheme
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STFC - UK ATC - Graduate Electronics Engineer in Astronomy Technology

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.

Our graduates join us in a permanent position,starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to anew level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

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 graduates with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these.



The UK ATC is the national centre for the design and production of world-leading astronomical instruments and systems in the United Kingdom. As a science driven, professional engineering organisation, we employ state-of-the-art technology across all engineering disciplines, including complex optical and infra-red detectors,vacuum-cryogenics, control electronics and software, for both astronomy and non-astronomy applications, in collaboration with academic and industrial partners around the world. The instruments we produce are unique and technically challenging, but must be easy to use and highly reliable in difficult environments, such as on high mountain sites and in Space.

Current projects at the UK ATC include; Harmoni instrument for the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), which will be the largest optical and infra-red telescope ever built. Mid InfraRed Instrument (MIRI) for the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s flagship successor to Hubble.  

Summary of key duties & responsibilities

As a Graduate Electronics Engineer at the UK ATC you will work on a range of multi-disciplined projects alongside other engineers, technicians, scientists and project managers.  You will be responsible for delivering electronics work modules to the project schedule.

Key duties would provide an opportunity for you to develop skills in a number of areas, for example: optical and near infrared detector systems, image data analysis to characterise detectors, electronics systems involving analogue and digital designs, implementing instrument control, configuring and programming PLCs, generating embedded code, and PCB schematic capture and design.

Through your training and development programme, you will have opportunity to broaden their technical and personal management skills.

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Number of vacancies: 
Up to 5