Senior Electronics Engineer

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 30 Nov 2018

Reference number



£34,541 - £40,650


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Environment and Sustainability

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time


42 (including lunch breaks)

Number of posts



Lowestoft, Eastern

About the job

Job description

To design and develop hardware and software (both embedded and desktop) for use in new generations of intelligent instruments and sensors to be used for oceanographic, survey and fisheries applications. The role will also include support, maintenance and enhancement of systems already in production.


• Working with multidisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers in the design, development and commissioning of electronic microcontroller-based embedded systems to interface sensors and instruments for data analysis and capture
• Analogue and digital circuit design
• Component level debugging
• Developing autonomous monitoring systems to take measurements in ocean-influenced environmental conditions
• Use of standard laboratory test equipment, oscilloscopes, logic analysers etc.
• Designing and developing embedded firmware in ‘C’ & PC (.NET) application software, to control instruments and displays
• Assisting with project and team management by providing detailed and realistic estimates for project tasks

You may also be required to carry out trials and commissioning of instruments at sea from research vessels and small boats, carry out fieldwork in support of geophysical and biological projects, handle instruments and assemble on moored platforms and potential travel in the UK and abroad.


• Experience of low-power and battery powered circuitry would be an advantage
• Knowledge of subsea sensors and measurement techniques would be an advantage
• An understanding of Integrated Development Environments, compilers, debuggers, code optimisers etc. would be an advantage
• Experience in the design of component level analogue circuitry. Plus, interfacing of analogue signals to the digital domain
• Experience in the design of digital circuits and data transmission methods
• Experience in writing, testing and commissioning embedded micro-controller software
• Excellent problem solving and communication skills and the ability to be an effective team member
• Enthusiastic about Cefas work
• Self-motivated and able to prioritise workload effectively
• Innovative and capable of considering the wider implications of the task being undertaken

Person specification

Please explain how your experience and skills will enable you to meet the requirements of the job description


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Making effective decisions
  • Managing a quality service
  • Delivering value for money
  • Science and Engineering - Applying Scientific and Technical Knowledge

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using the Civil Service Competency Framework. Guidance on writing competency examples is available: A brief guide to competencies
Candidates should note that they may be assessed on their skills and experience as well as on their competences
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Interviews will be held at Cefas Laboratory, Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0HT

Date to be confirmed

Cefas does not contribute to interview expenses however, we can offer an initial interview via Skype for candidates who are unable to travel to Lowestoft

Further information

Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs
Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment
Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact
Government Recruitment Services via email:

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can
contact the Civil Service Commission at

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