"For over 60 years, Waters has developed innovative analytical science solutions to support customer discoveries, operations, performance, and regulatory compliance."

Waters

Waters

Our Scholarships

Placement location Type of Placements Offered Restrictions/Notes
Wilmslow

Summer placements only

* No first year students

2020/21 Scholarships

At least one new scholarship

Who we are and what we do

Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT), the world’s leading specialty measurement company, has pioneered chromatography, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis innovations serving the life, materials and food sciences for 60 years. With approximately 7,000 employees worldwide, Waters operates directly in 31 countries, including 15 manufacturing facilities, and with products available in more than 100 countries.

At Wilmslow, our focus is on the development and delivery of mass spectrometry systems and software in a collaborative and dynamic team environment. Our mass spectrometers deliver benefits to customers in many industries and make a meaningful impact to our lives through examples such as:

  • Neo-natal screening to keep babies healthy
  • Ensuring consistent, reliable safety in our global food and water supply
  • Developing new medicinal therapies to advance human health
  • Ensuring participants in the world’s sporting events compete fairly

The Waters Electronics Design Team develops cutting edge electronics for Waters Mass Spectrometers. This includes bespoke high bandwidth acquisition systems, very low noise high voltage power supplies, high voltage RF, complex digital processing implementations and other instrument control logic.

What you could be doing during your work placement

At Waters, we believe in delivering innovative technology and system solutions to our valued customers. As a standout Electronics Engineer working in an industry leading Electronics Development Team, you will be responsible for the development, design and support of electronic sub-assemblies for leading edge scientific products.

Working within the Wilmslow Electronics team will give you the opportunity to develop a full range of electronics skills: high speed digital, complex analogue,  FPGAs, microcontrollers, system design, management and leadership – you will also have the opportunity to work with our offshore teams in India and Singapore.

Meet one of our UKESF Scholars

Name:
Frances
University:
University of Manchester
Degree Course:
MEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering

What appeals to you about Electronics?

I have always enjoyed learning in Maths, Physics and Computer Science lessons, but I have had a greater interest applying the knowledge in real life. I think recent development in technology has encouraged innovation at its greatest in the automotive, health and energy sectors to improve the quality of life for so many people around the world. I want to contribute as a part of the next wave of engineers, pioneering for success.

Why did you want a scholarship with Waters?

Waters Corporation is one of those companies which has a massive scope, but you’ve probably never heard of them. They are one of the world’s leading companies focused on improving human health and well-being through improving and developing new analytical technologies. The company ethos ‘Deliver Benefit’ resonated with why I wanted to study Electronics. Waters has a global team of over 7,000 employees, and I wanted to have the experience of working and learning from experienced engineers in the firm.

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

During my placement at Waters, embedded within the electronics team, I have been able to take a more hands-on approach and use my theoretical knowledge to find the source of electrical noise with Waters mass spectrometers, this noise impacts the sensitivity, reducing the instruments ability to detect substances that occur in very small amounts. After finding the noise source I have also been able to find and suggest solutions to reduce the noise.

The results of my work will be used to improve Waters mass spectrometers in the future, hopefully giving them a step change in sensitivity. During my time at Waters, I learnt so much on filters, and electrical noise, and developed my interpersonal and professional skills.

What are your hobbies and interests?

Outside of Electronics, I have a passion for music, travelling and swimming. I’ve been playing the violin for over ten years now and find playing a type of stress relief. I am also part of the music society at the University of Manchester and play in the symphony orchestra there.

Meet one of our Engineers

Name:
James
Job Title:
Electronic Engineer

How did you get here?

After graduating, I spent a year working in a small company developing a measurement instrument for the oil and gas pipeline sector. Following this, I spent two years in the Defense industry working on Maritime Sonar Systems, but didn’t find it to be enough of a challenge, and so found an excellent job opportunity at Waters.

What have been the highlights of your career so far?

When I started Waters, I was able to work closely with a Senior Electronics Engineer, to learn from him as he was nearing retirement. I was able to learn an awful lot in a short amount of time, a majority of which was skills that I did not previously have. I really enjoyed this and was grateful to learn from someone so knowledgeable.

What’s next for you in your career?

For the next stage of my career I want to really become a valued and reliable member of the team who is trusted and admired, growing as the company progresses. I want to help Waters to stay as a leading player in the analytical sciences sector on a global scale and to play my part in the forthcoming product development and projects. I have loved my time so far and I want to really build on that and continue to become an integral member of our world class technical team.

Why should everyone consider a career at Waters?

Waters is such a fantastic place to work – there is a really great work culture and the modern facilities are nice to work in. Since joining I have been made very welcome and work with some excellent people who are always happy to share their knowledge and experience. I feel that I have found an excellent place to work and am thoroughly enjoying the challenges that are being given to me, allowing me to really make a great contribution to Waters and reach my career goals.