High Power Radio Frequency Engineer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Cheshire, UK
£31931 - £44166 per annum
Closing date
26 Aug 2022

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Science and Technology Facilities Council

High Frequency Radio Engineer

Salary: Band E £39,748 - £44,166 + an RRA of £3000 depending on experience

Benefits: 30 days holiday + 8 bank holidays + 2.5 privilege days + exceptional defined average salary pension + excellent work life balance

Contract Type: Open Ended

Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) - Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington WA4 4AD

Hours: Full Time


Come and do the kind of engineering that made you want to be an engineer. Stretch your technical skills while building human understanding. Promote sustainability and create new materials. And, alongside world-leading scientists and technologists, shape projects that improve lives, and daily life, in the UK and far beyond.

Put simply, come and discover the impact you can make when you're equipped, encouraged and inspired to perform to your very best.

About Us

STFC's Accelerator Science and Technology Centre (ASTeC) mission is to build the 'Big Science' facilities of the future; we design, build and operate particle accelerators and make major contributions to many of the biggest projects in the world today. The Radio Frequency and Cryogenics (RFC) group within ASTeC designs, builds, develops, and supports advanced RF and cryogenic systems for high-energy particle accelerators. RF systems are the backbone of our particle accelerators, providing the energy needed by the particle beam to reach relativistic speeds.

About the role

As a RF Engineer your expertise will be utilised on a number projects from the next generation test facility, Compact Linear Accelerator for Research and Applications (CLARA) to cryomodules for Hi-Lumi Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC) at CERN. Additionally, we are heavily involved in the operation of a compact electron accelerator for security and industrial applications.

Our small team is very agile, taking responsibility for the development, procurement, commissioning and operation of high power RF systems for the various particle accelerator projects

During a typical day you could be working on:

  • The upgrade, maintenance and operation of CLARA high power RF systems.
  • Operation and development of RF systems within the Linac Test Facility (LTF).
  • Design studies for high power RF systems on UK-XFEL and the Relativistic Ultra-fast Electron Diffraction and Imaging (RUEDI) accelerator.

You will work closely with other RF engineers and scientists, mechanical designers and external contractors to continuously develop and improve these high-power RF systems.

About You

It is essential you have:

  • BEng/BSc in Electrical, Electronics, Physics or relevant science degree
  • RF experience (preferably at high power levels up to MW-level) including a demonstrate record of achievement in RF system design. (Band D - Desirable)
  • Proven people leadership skills and experience of effectively managing resources for small to medium sized projects, including health and safety (Band D - Desirable)
  • The ability to occasionally work outside of the UK, this will be discussed more at interview.
  • The desire to work collaboratively within a team, this will include sharing knowledge and ideas, presenting complex data in easy an easy-to-understand format to people who don't work in RF & to occasionally work outside of standard hours.

If you have questions about this role contact Mr Alan Wheelhouse.

What could you achieve with the world-leading facilities and experts of one of Europe's largest research organisations by your side?

Join us and discover what's possible.


STFC imageAt the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), research is driven by practical applications and a curiosity to create a world-leading hub of scientific and engineering excellence. Our science and facilities enable researchers to answer fundamental questions about the nature of the universe. Success typically requires long-term strategic investment, international collaboration on a global scale and the capability to push the limits of technology and engineering. To remain internationally competitive in our areas of science and to keep our facilities at the leading edge, we have to develop bespoke technology that cannot be reliably sourced on the open market, for example in detectors and instrumentation, accelerators, specialist engineering, optics and e-infrastructure. These technologies are often also applied to address broader societal and industrial challenges and we actively promote their translation and commercialization.

Why work for us
When you join STFC, you become a key part of one of Europe’s largest research organizations. We are trusted to support, enable, and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields that you could be a part of. With access to our world-class facilities, people like you are helping us to drive ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology.

  • The Particle Physics Department (PPD) is one of the largest particle physics groups in the UK. We design, construct and operate some of the most sensitive scientific instruments in the world, collaborating with partners in academia, industry and international laboratories such as CERN. We currently work with the ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, DUNE, Hyper-K, T2K, MICE, Lux-Zeplin, DEAP-3600, CERN RD50, Electron Ion Collider and AION collaborations.
  • The National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) is a £93m UKRI investment over five years based at the Harwell Campus. This is a strategic element within the overall £1bn, 10-year investment into quantum technologies made by the UK since 2014.

Our benefits

  • 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days.
  • Flexible or hybrid working may be available dependent on role.
  • Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%).
  • Sport and social groups across campus with access to an on-site gym.

For more information on all of our employee benefits, visit www.stfccareers.co.uk/why-join/rewards-and-benefits.

Who we are looking for
The UK has a world-class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the World Wide Web. Therefore it is vital for us to have the best people at all levels throughout UKRI. We want to continue to attract a mix of talented professionals, scientists and engineers.


Number of employees
STFC has 2594 staff members across the UK and UKRI has approx. 8000

Main areas of research
Our work encompasses everything from the physical, biological and social
sciences, to innovation, engineering, medicine, the environment, as well as arts and the humanities

Positions recently recruited for
Electronic engineers, data scientists, research associates CMS/DUNE, research associate on electron ion collider (EiC), ion trap physicists

Desired degree disciplines/class
A STEM degree

How to apply
Apply online at www.careersportal.co.uk/UKRI-careers/jobs/search/256393 

Closing date
All year round

Quantum physics and computing vacancies: E-mail amy.corpe@ukri.org
Particle physics vacancies: E-mail corinna.kilpatrick@ukri.org

Find Us
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
OX11 0QX
United Kingdom

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