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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.

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 a new 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. See all of our current Graduate vacancies here.

The ASTeC Radio frequency (RF) and cryogenics group is responsible design, development and commissioning of cutting edge radio frequency systems for use in particle accelerators.

RF systems are the power sources which provide the acceleration to charged particles within accelerators. These systems include low power signal generation and control, amplification up to high power, transport from the amplifiers to accelerating structures, and the accelerating structures themselves.

Our work ranges from building state of the art FPGA based feedback systems, to commissioning high power amplifiers operating at up to 80 Megawatts of peak power, to electromagnetic modelling of accelerating structures.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • You will be responsible for development, commissioning and operation of high power radio frequency systems for the various particle accelerator projects, such as CLARA, being undertaken by ASTeC. You will work with a small team including electrical / mechanical designers and external contractors to continuously develop and improve these high power RF amplification and transport systems.
  • This may involve everything from basic conceptual design studies, detailed design, computer simulations and implementation of solutions.
  • You will be expected to work closely your RF group team members plus other scientific and engineering groups as part of a wider team. This will often involve working with external groups from both industry and other world leading research organisations.
  • A key part of the role is willingness to travel both within the UK and internationally, and you will be expected to effectively present your technical work, and communicate with diverse audiences. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential.
  • Most importantly, we are seeking a high quality graduate who has a passion and genuine enthusiasm for working in a research environment, with a good basic understanding of what we do, and why we do it.

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. More information can be found at

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.


Graduate Radio Frequency Engineer - IRC251104

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Science & research