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Science and Technology Facilities Council

Salary: Band C: £25,702 to £27,938 per annum or Band D: £31,931 to £34,709 per annum (dependent on skills and experience). A Specialist of Allowance of up to £2000 per annum is also available for this role.
Hours: Full time.
Contract Type: Open Ended (Permanent)
Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire.
Additional Details: Interviews will be run on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged.

We are looking to recruit Power Supply Engineers to join our team at the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source. These are unique and exciting roles that will best suit engineers and technicians with practical experience in repairing and maintaining electrical and electronic equipment. We are offering phenomenal development opportunities in these positions, both within the field of electrical engineering and through exposure to other engineering subject areas. You will be encouraged to learn new skills and contribute to exciting projects!

About this opportunity:

Working at the forefront of scientific endeavour is not possible without a dedicated team of engineers able to turn abstract scientific ideas into reality. Our ISIS Neutron and Muon Source facility is the world’s most productive spallation neutron source — providing beams of neutrons and muons to enable scientists to study the structure and properties of matter for the benefit of science and engineering in the UK and abroad!

There are two opportunities available based in the Magnet Power Supplies Group, who are responsible for all power supply equipment on the ISIS accelerator and beamlines. One role is within the Pulsed Power Section, working on systems that store large amounts of energy that is released at high frequencies, and the other role is with the DC Power Supplies Section who support equipment such as power converters.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Preventative and reactive maintenance of the power supplies and associated equipment.
  • Fault finding and problem solving.
  • Contributing to continuous improvement plans.
  • Installation and commissioning of new systems.

About you

You will have the practical skills necessary to work on electrical, electronic and mechanical systems. You will be a diligent, safe and dependable with the ability to solve problems, fault-find and take pride in keeping the accelerator on-line.

You will have a background of Electrical or Electrical-and-Electronic Engineering. Capable of performing maintenance, fault finding and repair of power electronics equipment is essential. Experience of analogue, digital or programmable electronics, and an understanding of power electronic theory is desirable. Knowledge of a wide range of technologies relevant to the role or experience of electromagnets, high voltage, high current, high frequency or high energy storage systems would be advantageous.

You will be able to work collaboratively as part of a team as well under your own initiative. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, enthusiastic and show a logical approach to problem solving.

We are looking for someone with:

  • A background in Electrical or Electrical-and-Electronic Engineering.
  • Practical skills necessary to work on electrical, electronic and mechanical systems.
  • Capability of performing maintenance, fault finding and repair of power electronics equipment.

Employee Benefits:

We are offering two permanent positions that will provide you with an incredible opportunity for learning and development within your field. We also offer a whole host of benefits including; 30 days holiday (in addition to bank holidays), an excellent pension scheme, employee shopping/travel discounts, a salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, plus many more benefits and wellbeing initiatives that enable our employees to have an excellent work-life balance.

We will ensure, where possible, that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Person Specification

The following criteria will be assessed through shortlisting (S), at Interview (I) or both (S&I)

Essential: 

  • Qualified to BTEC Level 3 or equivalent as a minimum in an appropriate Electrical or Electrical-and-Electronic Engineering discipline (S).
  • Good practical skills needed to repair electrical and electronic equipment. (S&I)
  • Good understanding of electrical/electronic principles (S&I)
  • Able to read and understand technical information, including circuit diagrams and technical drawings (I)
  • Able to fault finding and repair electrical equipment (I)
  • Have a positive attitude towards safety (I)
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic, logical approach to problem solving, organised, reliable and collaborative. (I)
  • Willing and able to be on-call, and occasionally work overtime and business-related travel (I)
  • Good written and spoken communication for a wide range of audiences (S&I)
  • Suitable as a radiation monitored worker and to work in environments with high magnetic field (I)
  • To be considered at Band D Level: Qualified to HNC or equivalent as a minimum in an appropriate Electrical or Electrical-and-Electronic Engineering discipline (S)
  • To be considered at Band D level: Able to initiate improvements in order to increase accelerator availability (I)
  • To be considered at Band D level: Able to co-ordinate teams and plan tasks (I)

Desirable:

  • Experience of working in an operational environment where equipment availability and reliability are crucial (S&I)
  • Experience of power technology and power electronics (I)
  • Understanding of a wide range of technologies relevant to the role such as electromagnets, high voltage, high current, high frequency or high energy storage systems (I)
  • Experience of a CAD package such as AutoCAD (I)
  • Registered as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng) with the Engineering Council (S)
  • To be considered at Band D level: Experience of taking individual responsibility. (S&I)

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we ask the biggest questions in the universe to find answers that change the world around us. We seek understanding. We’re proud of the impact we make. And we’re committed to helping build a globally competitive, knowledge-based UK economy. Being part of all this means contributing to work that pushes boundaries and creates possibilities. You’ll work with, and learn from, true experts. Whatever your role, you’ll be free to question, and encouraged to share ideas. And, in a positive and supportive culture, you’ll discover just what a difference you can make when you’re equipped and inspired to excel.

We’re a place where curious minds thrive. Not bound by profit, we explore ideas that others don’t, ask questions that others won’t, and discover answers that others are not equipped to find. And, alongside Mars landings and black holes, we also explore diverse, international projects in everything from science and engineering to computing and technology. Whether it’s at the cutting edge or behind the scenes, our work is intellectually challenging. It’s very often ground-breaking.  And it’s endlessly, irresistibly fascinating.

For more information about STFC please visit https://stfc.ukri.org/ 

You can also visit our careers site https://www.stfccareers.co.uk/ 

About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation. 

More information can be found at www.ukri.org.  

Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a defined benefit pension scheme, excellent holiday entitlement, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.  For more details, visit benefits of working for UKRI.

How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’

Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 

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