Senior FPGA Electronics Engineer

Website DiamondLightSou Diamond Light Source

Business Area: Science
Full Time Salary: 43,790 to 51,517 per annum
Post Type: Full time / Permanent
Closing Date: 26/09/2021
Ref No: 10614

About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron; a huge scientific facility designed to produce very intense beams of X-rays, infrared and ultraviolet light. Our scientists use the light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology.

Diamond is one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world, and its pioneering capabilities and talented staff are helping to keep the UK at the forefront of scientific research.

About the role

We now have an opportunity for a Senior FPGA Electronics Engineer to join the Diamond Detector Group to develop and maintain FPGA firmware.

You will develop, maintain, and debug FPGA based firmware used in detector systems. In addition you will have the responsibility of significant packages of project work both in the detector development program of Diamond, and in the evaluation and procurement of commercial detectors

Installation and commissioning of detectors and associated electronics for synchrotron X-ray experiments and general electronics work will be also part of the duties of the successful candidate.

About You

You should hold a degree in Electronics Engineering or demonstrate significant equivalent experience. Membership of a relevant Professional Institute is desirable.

You will have extensive experience in FPGA and firmware design, debugging, and development. Experience with VHDL and a programming language (e.g C++, Java). Finally some experience in electronics systems commissioning and fault finding.

Use of data analysis applications such as Matlab, CAD software, Cadence schematic capture and PCB layout in Allegro (or equivalent), and experience with Linux and a programming language will be beneficial.

You will display excellent communication, interpersonal and presentational skills to interact effectively with staff at all levels and to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.


Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to ensure an excellent work/life balance including 25 days’ annual leave, 13 days statutory and company holidays, flexible working hours, an onsite nursery, an excellent pension scheme, and social and sporting activities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

To Apply

Applicants are required to outline their suitability for this role via the online application process. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

Other information

Where relevant, and possible for the role, we will consider flexible working arrangements and secondment opportunities.

Diamond attract talented individuals from around the world and currently employ 44 different nationalities.  Reflecting trends in our sector we employ more men than women (77% men and 23% women as at March 2021). Therefore, in accordance with law and good practice, we particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified women.

If you are disabled and would like to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme, please let us know via the online application process.

Diamond are members of Working Families (the UK’s work-life balance organisation), we have also achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award and Disability Confident Level One.

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