Electronic Hardware Developer

  • Job Reference: R21547
  • Date Posted: 25 March 2024
  • Recruiter: AWE
  • Website: https://www.awe.co.uk/
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Salary: £36,000 to £45,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: And other benefits
  • Sector: I.T. & Communications
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Electronic Hardware Developer

Exciting opportunities in a truly unique environment.

If you want to work in a unique and innovative environment, then AWE could be the perfect place for you - whether you are a scientist, an engineer, a mechanic or a business professional. Whatever stage you're at in your career, we're always looking for high quality candidates.

AWE currently have an opening for an Electronic Hardware Developer with software design skills to work with a small team of electronic engineers, on a permanent basis. This role will offer the opportunity to support and develop a range of legacy and bespoke systems covering Linux, Windows, ARM, Arduino, automated test equipment and fault finding at system level as well as down to component level on PCB's. The role also includes providing support to our production facilities and maintaining an offline development simulation environment.

Location - Reading area

Package - £36,000 - £50,000pa (dependant on level of experience)

AWE offer a competitive salary, market leading contributory pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement, excellent work/life balance including a 9-day working fortnight and flexible working hours (role dependent). A salary sacrifice scheme is also available.

You will be required to:

  • Contribute as part of a team to take on projects by gathering customer requirements, prototyping solutions in both software and electronic hardware, testing and validation of designs creating written evidence and documentation.
  • Provide second line support to production teams on technical queries, suggesting solutions, giving support when appropriate which will contribute to our KPI's/SLA's.
  • Support and enhance an offline development / simulation environment to enable software and hardware development, testing and fault reproduction for investigations.
  • Identify and support opportunities for improving the current development suite with a view to designing and implementing ways of generating large volumes of comms traffic to simulate real plant scenarios.
  • Design and implement new solutions to extend the life of the existing legacy bespoke electronic circuit boards and researching modern equivalents to replace obsolescent components.
  • Design and implement automated test equipment to replace the manual test process, record faults found and highlight common issues.
  • To improve and undertake modifications to the Pascal code on an OS9 development platform and compile, optimise and create EPROMS from the binary code produced, Linux knowledge will be advantageous.

To be considered for this role, you will ideally have demonstrable experience of the following:

  • Working on complex or legacy electronic control systems.
  • Implementation of innovative ways to utilise new technologies to remove subsystem obsolescence.
  • Fault finding and repair of electronic circuit boards to component level.
  • Proficiency in fault-finding and problem solving.
  • Good familiarity with Microcontrollers such as Arduino, ARM and Raspberry Pi.
  • Electronic design skills in schematic capture and PCB layout.
  • Programming language skills (C/C++ and python are preferable)
  • Knowledge of creating bespoke Linux environments.
  • Mentoring and coaching skills.
  • Strong communication skills with both internal and external customers/suppliers.

You will need to have an HND in a relevant engineering/electronic discipline or proven experience working in a similar environment.

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.

AWE plays a crucial role in the defence of the United Kingdom, by providing and maintaining the warheads for the country's nuclear deterrent. We are a centre of scientific, engineering and technological excellence, with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world. Our unique expertise also assists the UK Government in developing and delivering a range of innovative and integrated support services, including national nuclear security and counter-terrorism solutions.

AWE is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at AWE, including women, BAME and disabled people.

Please note that you must be a British National to apply for a role at AWE.