Power Supplies Electrical/Electronic Engineer
Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK
Salary: £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire
Confirmed Grade: Level 5
Department: Mast-U Operations
By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing and helping to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.
Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and Stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.
As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values (Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative) that capture the spirit of how we work.
MAST-U: The Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak Upgrade (MAST-U) is a UK funded, leading plasma physics experiment. It has ties to numerous UK & International Universities and Fusion Laboratories throughout the world. The experiment is investigating key physics and engineering issues related to the production of commercial fusion energy. Two major areas of research are the control of the plasma density and the management of the hot plasma exhaust.
The MAST-U Operations Department has the mission of ensuring availability of plasma and diagnostics for the physics campaigns. These will provide data and insights, which will directly influence the design of future power generators. The department is divided into three groups; Load Assembly and Infrastructure, Machine Control and Protection and Data Acquisition and Management.
Who are we looking for?
An Electrical/Electronic Engineer to operate, maintain and improve critical systems and plant, directly ensuring that plasma operations are successful and fusion development goals are met.
What will you be responsible for?
At level 5 - The Power Supplies Electrical/Electronic Engineer is responsible for the maintenance, repair, and provision of upgrades/refurbishments to major parts of the pulsed power supplies plant on the JET or MAST-U Tokamaks as a Plant Responsible Officer (PRO). They must ensure that the relevant Local Plant Managers (LPM), Group Leader and Authority to Operate (ATO) Holder are kept informed of the plant status and ongoing issues.
The job holder (JH) will be expected to:
- Be rostered as a Power Supplies Operations Engineer (PSOE) to support the tokomak experimental campaigns
- Be the technical expert on the appointed power supplies plant (as PRO) and the co-ordinator for all plant related activities
- Lead fault-finding activities on the power supplies plant
- Lead, and act as a project engineer for, medium to large work packages including maintenance & installations tasks (using internal and external resources)
- Be responsible for ensuring plant documentation and records are accurate and maintained
Essential skills, experience and competence required
- An honours degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, or a related discipline and 2 years (minimum) post graduate experience in an electrical/electronic engineering role. Or an HND in an Electrical/Electronics discipline, or equivalent qualification level, with significant industrial experience
- Professional experience which demonstrates an ability to work at this level
- Significant experience in component, sub-system and system level fault finding of these systems
- Experience of preparing safety documentation including risk assessments, method statements and using a formal permit system for work on complex, hazardous electrical plant
- A demonstrated ability to apply technical expertise and manage complex and/or extensive tasks involving others
- Candidates with experience of working on high current and/or high voltage power conversion systems will be preferred
What we offer
Our comprehensive benefits package includes a vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive, an Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, Flexible working options including family friendly policies, Emergency paid leave, Generous annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service, wide range of career development opportunities, outstanding defined benefit pension scheme; Corporate bonus scheme (up to 7% for Levels 1 - 7, as well as 3rd and 4th year apprentices) and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).
We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities and women. The Executive team with support from our ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success.
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