Embedded Systems Engineer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Science and Technology Facilities Council, Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington
£31,305 - £34,028 or £36,969 - £43,300 per annum
Closing date
15 Mar 2021

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Embedded Systems Engineer

Salary: £31,305 - £34,028 or £36,969 - £43,300 per annum (plus additional allowance of up to £3,000 per annum dependant on skills and experience)
Grade: UKRI Band D-E
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Open Ended
Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington


About Us

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

Technology Department provides technology, engineering and support to STFC’s current and future facilities and programmes. The Department has 325 technical and scientific staff acting as a single department across three sites at the Daresbury Laboratory, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and UKATC. Working at the forefront of scientific endeavour is only possible with dedicated teams of engineers that are capable of turning scientific objectives into reality.

The Control Systems and Safety Interlocks Group is part of the Technology Department and is based at Daresbury Laboratory. We are responsible for the design, development and support of advanced control systems for a wide range of scientific facilities within STFC as well as being involved in collaborative development projects with industry and international organisations.

About the Role

We are looking to appoint an experienced embedded systems engineer with a background in FPGA-based systems to become involved in the design, development and support of advanced distributed control systems for particle accelerators and other large scale scientific facilities.

You will be expected to develop and support systems in a number of areas including:

  • Digitisation of particle beam and laser beam diagnostics systems (e.g. beam position, beam charge, laser energy)
  • Fibre optic distribution of timing and synchronisation data for correlation of data across geographically separated systems
  • Digital signal processing and real-time analysis of data signals
  • Modifying commercial instrumentation systems for integration with facility sub-systems and to provide specialist custom functionality
  • You will work closely with engineers and scientists from other groups and departments to design and implement embedded systems across multiple projects and facilities.

About You

You will bring proven experience of delivering complex FPGA-based solutions implemented using your skills in VHDL (or Verilog). You must also have experience of specifying, designing and developing software for embedded systems. You should be familiar with the concepts of real-time processing.

You should have good problem-solving skills and be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of scientific and engineering principles outside of your specialist field.

You will be able to work equally well on your own or as part of a team and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Familiarity with working within a quality management system and a good understanding of the principles of project management are desirable.

Please visit our website for a full list of the responsibilities and requirements for the role.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 15th March 2021.


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 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.

At STFC, our engineers provide the technology that allows our world-leading science to make a real difference in areas that really matter: from cancer treatment to airport security, high-tech jobs to hydrogen powered cars, energy generation to accident scene emergency care, our impact is felt in many aspects of daily life. We provide and exploit space and astronomy technology, a world-leading neutron scattering facility, ultra-fast supercomputers, amazing scientific instruments and some of the most powerful lasers in the world. We work with industry and academia throughout the UK, Europe and the world.

STFC can offer you an excellent working environment. Our laboratories are based in beautiful rural locations in Cheshire, Oxfordshire and in Edinburgh, with great amenities and quality of life for you and your family. We are at the centre of burgeoning high-tech campuses buzzing with economic investment and even more promise for the future. Our people enjoy attractive benefits and plenty of opportunity for development. Whether you are beginning or furthering your career, we can offer you excellent opportunities to test out and broaden your skills and experience and to gain real technical and managerial expertise working in dynamic team and project environments.

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