"After several months working in the team I was certain that engineering, and more specifically security, was what I wanted to do."

Will, former Renesas Scholar & current Engineer / Security Analyst

Renesas Electronics Europe Ltd

Our Scholarships

Placement location Type of Placements Offered Restrictions/Notes
Bourne End, Buckinghamshire

Any placements

* (1) Requires 12-month placement for 2021/22; (2) Candidates must specify which job/s they are interested in; (3) No first year students

2020/21 Scholarships

Multiple new scholarships – click here for this year’s individual job specifications.

Please ensure you specify which job/s you are applying for in your application.

Who we are and what we do

Renesas is working with leading-edge microchips and analog and power solutions. Focused on four key market segments, Automotive, Smart Home, Smart Factory, and Smart Infrastructure, Renesas guides people through their day whether at home, in their cars, at the office or factory, or elsewhere.

Renesas is currently ranked #1 in the world in the automotive semiconductor sector, concerning Microcontroller, showing the significant impact Renesas has made all over the world. Every newly manufactured car leaving the factory includes an average of eight Renesas microchips. Renesas products are also embedded in electric lighting, video streaming, and air conditioners; these are some of the products that enhance one’s home life via the Smart Home. Typical Renesas products used in the Smart Factory include the communication controller and the capacitive touch sensor.

Renesas’ technology enhances safety, convenience, and comfort every day, paving a path towards a better future. All Renesas products will impact one’s life, making it easier and better.

Headquartered in Japan, Renesas was founded in 2010 with the merger of the three semiconductor divisions of NEC, Hitachi and Mitsubishi. With the integration of Intersil Corporation in 2017, more than 20,000 employees are contributing to Renesas operations, with offices and factories in Japan, Asia, Europe, North and South America. Overall there are 800 employees in Europe.

What you could be doing during your work placement

Successful candidates will join a development project team, meaning you will work along side experienced engineers and contribute directly in a running commercial development. An assignment typically begins with a period of familiarisation under the guidance of a senior engineer. The size and complexity of tasks will increase for longer assignments and as your skills develop.

  • IC design projects involve development of microcontroller technology using state of the art EDA tools, design/simulation methodologies and verification techniques. These developments are in the domains of Automotive communications, control systems and new functional safety methodologies.
  • Embedded system projects are related to the application of microcontrollers in the domains of Automotive (In Car Entertainment, Human-Machine Interface, Vehicle control, Vision), Consumer (Energy metering) and Industrial (Smart Energy Systems, Machine Control). Engineers develop software using C language, operating systems (e.g. LINUX) and design microcontroller boards to host the embedded software.
  • Software development tool projects cover the development of compiler and Integrated Development Environment using proprietary and open source technologies (e.g.ECLIPSE, C++, JAVA, GNU).

Meet one of our UKESF Scholars

University of Leeds
Degree Course:
MEng Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering

What appealed to you about Electronics?

Electronics is fascinating to study because I am always working with and learning about the latest technological advances. It requires both logic and creativity to be able to design and implement electronic solutions. I particularly enjoy the freedom it gives you to apply theory to a vast range of real-life applications. The combination of electronics and mechanics is another exciting avenue that I am currently exploring on the Mechatronics and Robotics course at the University of Leeds.

Why did you want a scholarship with Renesas?

I wanted to accept a scholarship with Renesas because it would allow me to take part in the real-world application of electronics. I wished to gain a fully rounded understanding of microcontrollers, both in terms of hardware and software. I would be able to communicate with professionals in the industry, gaining an insight into the business world.

What type of work have you been involved with during your placement?

As part of the Applications Engineering team at Renesas, my tasks included reviewing lab scripts, attending online FAE training and taking part in ‘Train the Trainer’ sessions where my team presented microcontroller solutions. In November, I visited ‘Future Electronics’ in Manchester to help one of the Senior Engineers in my team present an MQTT lab on a SynergyTM device. Most of my time was dedicated to designing a line-following car for the Renesas Microcontroller Car Rally, which was to be held at the 2020 Embedded World Tradeshow in Nuremberg. My task was to redesign the car using the SynergyTM platform, rather than the older RX microcontroller model. This prototype would then be presented at the tradeshow to market their range of SynergyTM microcontrollers and demonstrate the possibilities of using the platform. This new model would act as the following year’s Microcontroller Car Rally design. Unfortunately, due to growing concerns over the global pandemic that broke out earlier in the year, Renesas pulled out of the trade show a week before I was due to fly out and present the new SynergyTM configuration for the car rally.

What do you like to do outside of work?

In my spare time, I enjoy playing music in my quartet, cycling and open-water swimming.

Meet one of our Engineers

Job Title:
Engineer / Security Analyst

How I started with Renesas

I started at Renesas through the UKESF scheme when I took part in 12-month placement working in the security evaluation team. I chose Renesas as my placement after talking to current students, and staff, during the interview process. When I was in the office for the interview everyone was friendly and I got a positive impression of the company, which contributed to me choosing Renesas for my placement year.

At the start of my placement I had no previous experience in the world of security and there was a steep, but enjoyable, learning curve. After several months working in the team I was certain that engineering, and more specifically security, was what I wanted to do after university.

My placement year was thoroughly enjoyable, and I was fortunate to be able to travel to several conferences around Europe as well as to travel to meet with service suppliers. The year really opened my eyes to what was possible through work and I was excited at the potential to continue after university.

My work with Renesas

Now that I have completed my degree, I have returned to the security evaluation team and it is my role to test the security of the devices that Renesas produces. We use several methods such as side-channel analysis and fault injection to validate the security requirements of the product. My work involves a lot of problem solving and includes programming in c, python, and java. I would strongly recommend anyone to undertake a placement year through the UKESF, and encourage prospective scholars to consider Renesas for their placement year.