Senior Electronics Engineer

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 29 Apr 2019

Reference number



£34,541 - £40,650


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Information Technology

Working pattern

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



Number of posts



Lowestoft, Eastern

About the job

Job description

Purpose of job:

The design and development of hardware and software (both embedded and desktop) and associated hardware for use in new generations of intelligent instruments and sensors to be used for oceanographic, survey and fisheries applications.

The support, maintenance and enhancement of systems already in production.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Main duties will include:

• Monitoring systems to make measurements in ocean-influenced environmental conditions

• Designing, developing and commissioning electronic microcontroller based embedded systems to interface sensors and instruments for data analysis and capture

• 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

The post holder 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 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

• Experience in component level debugging

• Experience in the use of standard laboratory test equipment, oscilloscopes, logic analysers etc

• Excellent communication and problem-solving skills

• Team working skills


The post holder may be required to carry out trials and work on the 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. Potential travel in the UK and abroad is possible.

Person specification

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


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

  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Managing a Quality Service



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 Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths and Experience.
Please note depending on the volume of applications an initial sift may be conducted on the lead behaviour working together, candidates must pass this behaviour for their application to be progressed.

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.

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.

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Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift date to be confirmed

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

Interview date to be confirmed

Cefas is unable to contribute to interview expenses, however, we are able to offer a Skype interview for candidates unable to travel to Lowestoft for the interview

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.

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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.

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