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Control & Instrumentation Technician

Control & Instrumentation Technician

Company Description

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.

Job Description

Who are we looking for?

We have an excellent opportunity for a Control & Instrumentation Technician with an Electronics bias to become a member of a team of technicians supporting all hardware related aspects of the CODAS data acquisition and electronic systems.  The technician will be expected to be at a level where they able to use their own judgment and adapt existing principles as deemed appropriate.  The role can be broadly split into two parts:

  • To provide design, installation, commissioning and maintenance support for all CODAS control and data acquisition and electronic systems as well as new enhancement projects.
  • To provide double shift support of CODAS systems during JET operational phases as well as 24-hour on-call support of critical systems.

This is a perfect opportunity to become part of a multi-skilled team of technicians who undertake a wide variety of tasks in support of the JET and MAST experiments.  The role brings a lot of variety and no two days are the same. You could be asked to install a cable under a floor one day and the next be involved in a complex fault diagnosis under pressure to help maintain the JET operational program.  The role also involves the installation and commissioning of simple and complex data acquisition systems as well as providing support to site-wide network infrastructure.

You will have have an appropriate qualification in electrical/electronic engineering, instrumentation, or a related discipline.  We are looking for someone with an accommodating and flexible approach to work and with an ability to work under pressure, independently as well as a part of a team.

What will you be responsible for? 

  • Ensuring electronic engineering support as the nominated ESRO (Electronic Subsystem Responsible Officer) for a given project.
  • Installation and commissioning of data acquisition systems.
  • Producing written technical reports and procedural documentation.
  • Testing and repairing of Electronic modules.
  • Providing technical guidance and support to other team members.
  • Working with the Electronics Section engineers supporting new designs and prototypes.
  • Providing rostered double shift support for hardware systems during JET operational campaigns. (approximately 1 week in 3).
    • Provide year-round rostered 24-hour support for critical systems. (approximately 1 week in 6).
    • Resolution of faults on JET to reduce downtime.  This requires the ability to react and solve complex problems using own initiative.  

Essential skills, experience and competence required

  • HNC / HND qualification or equivalent in electrical engineering, instrumentation, electronics, or a related discipline
  • Experience gained as a time served apprentice, or alternative equivalent experience
  • Ability to work under pressure and make sound engineering decisions
  • Good analytical skills
  • Flexibility and strong behavioral safety awareness

Desirable skills, experience and competence

  • Proven experience of computer-controlled data acquisition, instrumentation and control electronics.
  • Ability to apply technical expertise to solving problems and adapt to a variety of requirements and tasks.
Additional Information

What we offer

  • A competitive salary  
  • A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors 
  • An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives 
  • Flexible working options including family friendly policies  
  • Emergency leave (paid) 
  • 30.5 days annual leave (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) increased with length of service 
  • Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme)  
  • Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme  
  • Annual corporate bonus scheme  
  • 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, (visible and hidden) and women. Our dedicated ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner, with the support from our 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. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 23rd May 2021. We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

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.

Type of Employment
£36,397 to £38,620 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
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