High Power Radio Frequency Engineer at Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Posted 1 week ago

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 at

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.