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Principal Electronics Engineer

Date:  22-Nov-2022

High Wycombe, GB

Job Function:  Technical
Business Unit:  NanoAnalysis

At Oxford Instruments, we enable the world’s leading industrial companies and scientific research communities to image, analyse and manipulate materials down to the atomic and molecular level. Our NanoAnalysis systems for electron microscopes are used in research and development that’s keeping pharmaceutical products safe, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing the reliability and power of the latest mobile devices.



Principal Electronics Engineer - High Wycombe 

About Us 

Oxford Instruments plc is a leading provider of high technology products and services to the world's leading industrial companies and scientific research communities. Our core purpose is to support our customers to address some of the world's most pressing challenges, enabling a greener economy, increased connectivity, improved health and leaps in scientific understanding. We are proud to be recognised as the leaders in what we do and for the difference we make in the world. 


The Opportunity

 The role of the Principal Electronics Engineer for the design and delivery of electronics solutions.


 About You

 The Principal Electronics Engineer will ideally have the following:

  • A good electronics engineering / scientific degree
  • Ideally - Further Scientific Degree
  • Ideally - Member / Fellow of a professional engineering / scientific membership organisation
  • Extensive practical experience in the design and development of electronics systems including analogue, digital and power supply circuitry, and experience with writing embedded software both in C and assembler
  • Experience with low noise electronics design and the ability to model electronic systems to predict noise performance
  • Ability to write efficient, well structured and annotated VHDL for targeting FPGAs
  • Ability to simulate designs and build appropriate test harnesses. Strong debug skills and knowledge of associated tools
  • Experience of designing complex SMT multilayer PCBs of 500 components or more
  • Design and testing for EMC, electrical safety, reliability, and minimising environmental impact
  • Systems overview, with good appreciation of thermal and mechanical design issues
  • Ideally - Experienced with Mentor schematic capture and PCB layout. Xilinx Vivado. Analogue simulation with LTSPICE.  Functional test development, Embedded Linux, application level development in Windows using C# for the construction of test harnesses
  • Ideally – Experienced with analytical instrumentation, ARM processors, Ethernet, PIC, Zynq, Xilinx FPGA, IEEE 1394, Infineon 16x, Motor drives




 Key Responsibilities for the Principal Electronics Engineer

  • Take responsibility for technical solutions within specific electronics development projects, working flexibly within a multidisciplinary team to deliver the product. Set up and participate in design reviews and keep thorough design and implementation records
  • Provide “go to” expertise on electronics issues for the wider technology team. Mentor colleagues to develop their skills in using electronics tools and methodologies. Input to the architectural design process
  • Design and execute tests to validate systems solutions at appropriate points throughout the product development lifecycle.  Ensure new products are transferred adequately to manufacturing and customer support, ensuring appropriate documentation is in place
  • Provide support for existing products and ongoing support for new products as needed
  • Plan, estimate, prioritise and manage own work and work closely with other team members to achieve integrated solutions consistent with project milestones
  • Recommend new tools and techniques that will continue to improve product quality and the development process
  • Maintain an understanding of the concepts, techniques and requirements of your role. Keep up with trends in your field as well as your specific job area and maintain a good working knowledge of this organisation
  • Operate at all times in accordance with health & safety at work legislation



Benefits for the Principal Electronics Engineer

In addition to a competitive starting salary, structured career development opportunities, and a good work-life balance, Oxford Instruments offers 25 days annual leave, flexible working opportunities, private healthcare, a share incentive plan, a defined contribution Group Personal Pension Plan.





All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.


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