Graduate Engineer Job at Synaptec Ltd – in Glasgow

Job Description

Role Function: Graduate Engineer

Reporting to: Head of Sensor Technologies

Location: Glasgow, UK

Starting salary: £27,000 – £29,000

Contract: Permanent appointment

Company background

Synaptec is a highly-innovative company based in the centre of Glasgow. We were started in 2015 with a mission to become the global leader in photonic instrumentation for power networks, with planned expansion into other energy sectors. We are here to facilitate change in the power sector: to push for the adoption of cutting-edge technologies, and to enable the move to a smarter, cleaner grid. In recognition of our vision and capability, we have been awarded various prizes, most recently the Energy Innovation Award for Best Offshore Wind Technology.

Synaptec uniquely blends the disciplines of photonics, electronics, power, and instrumentation to enable our clients to instantly know the electrical, mechanical and environmental state of their systems and networks. To keep us at the cutting-edge, we are committed to recruiting excellent engineers and physicists and developing their abilities to the full.

Synaptec aims to be an equal opportunities employer and we are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation or identification, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable. We are proud to be an accredited Living Wage Employer and member of the Living Wage Foundation.


The Graduate Engineer will be part of a growing team led by technical and business experts and will be involved in significant parts of the development cycle of Synaptec’s sensing technologies; from simulation and prototyping to field deployment.

The interdisciplinary role spans instrumentation system development, testing, calibration and deployment for the power industry, covering both hardware and software aspects. Good experimental skills and confidence in electronics or photonics will be important. It is expected that the engineer will gain invaluable interdisciplinary experience on the job and will take opportunities to develop new skills and input at a growing level to Synaptec’s success.

The Engineer will be closely involved in Synaptec’s core product development and testing processes and will be given some autonomy to design and conduct experimental or development activities within the guidance of the team.

The Engineer should be flexible and capable of contributing to, and performing, a wide range of, activities. As Synaptec is a young, growing company, these activities could include assisting with writing proposals, meeting with industrial clients and prospects, or representing the company at project meetings.

The post will report on a day-to-day basis to the company’s Head of Sensor Technologies, and may be expected to provide updates to the wider team on technical progress, and to participate in the preparation of reports or presentations to external funders or clients.

This is a full-time post based at the Company’s facilities in central Glasgow (G1). Occasional site visits and short term working at client or supplier sites may be required.

Essential criteria

The candidate will be able to demonstrate or rapidly develop:

  • A first or upper second class university degree in engineering or physics
  • Strong understanding of electronic or photonic systems or systems of similar complexity
  • Fluency with simulation software (e.g. Matlab) for sensor simulation, testing and data analysis
  • Strong laboratory experimental design, execution and evaluation skills
  • Self-motivation and an ability to work autonomously, including the ability to manage own time and workload effectively
  • Confidence with team-working in a high-technology environment
  • Good verbal communication skills, with an ability to explain complex technical information in clear and simple terms
  • Ability to prepare concise, accurate, high-quality documents and presentations, with excellent attention to detail
  • Eligibility to Work in the UK

Differentiating criteria

  • Strong programming skills, e.g. C, Verilog
  • Familiarity with electronics prototyping and debugging
  • Familiarity with high voltage or power engineering
  • Experience with CAD and mechanical design


  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Flexible working policy

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: From £27,000.00 per year


  • Bike to work scheme
  • Sick pay


  • Monday to Friday
  • No weekends

Application question(s):

  • In 1-2 sentences, please describe how your previous experience is relevant to this role? Why are you a good fit for this job?
  • What about this role excites you and made you want to apply? Please describe your interest in working with us.


Work remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19

About Company

Company: Synaptec Ltd –

Company Location:  Glasgow

Job Category: Engineering Jobs, Mechnical Jobs, Electrical Jobs

About Synaptec Ltd -