Embedded Software Engineer

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
Culham, Oxford
£32,993 - £37,069
19 Jun 2018
17 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Embedded Software Engineer

Job Ref: 2830

Job type: Permanent Full Time

Location: Culham, Oxfordshire

Salary: £32,993 to £37,069 pa (including MPP), dependent on experience plus industry leading benefits including an outstanding pension scheme

Closing date: 17th July 2018


Are you an experienced Software Engineer with excellent communication skills? 

Are you passionate about team working, sharing knowledge, and learning together?

Do you have substantial knowledge and experience with software engineering processes and best practises?

The UK Atomic Energy Authority have an excellent opportunity for an engineer to join their team within the MAST-U Operations department. 

A successful candidate will join a small team of engineers and physicists who are responsible for developing, commissioning, and operating real-time control systems of the MAST Upgrade experiment. They will design and develop real-time communication software of real-time plasma control systems. They will investigate and propose new innovative solution for the real-time control system platforms. Moreover, they will be involved in experimental activities. 

Key accountabilities include:

-Main developer and responsible of real-time communication software of our real-time control systems; 

-Investigate innovative solutions and contribute to the development of the real-time capabilities of our new control system platforms; 

-Provide continue development of plasma shape and density control system communication software;

-Maintain and enhance plasma control system operating system and hardware (PC and PCIe interface cards);

-Work with on-site and off-site collaborators;

-Work in an experimental environment.

The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UK`s MAST-U fusion energy experiment. UKAEA also works with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies currently in Remote Handling and Materials research. Following recent UK funding two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation are being built. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading edge technological excellence, whilst investing in its people.

For further information on why UKAEA is a great place to work please review our recruitment video via the following link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77D3F3ILl98

For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack.

Knowledge skills and experience


-Degree in software engineer or equivalent;

-Strong programming experience in C, C++ and Python;

-Experience in developing real-time software;

-Familiarity with current development practices such as version control and unit testing.


-Knowledge of Linux kernel and device driver development;

-Hands on experience with embedded system, both software and hardware;

-Familiarity with test and measurements instrumentation.

Special requirements:

Selection Method:

-Initial interviews will be held on 25/07/2018 and/or 27/07/2018 and/or 02/08/2018. 

-As part of the selection process you may be expected to complete work based simulation exercises and a personality profile either online or onsite.

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance - The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.


-Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

-Please note UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews.

The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role.