Electrical Technician

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
Culham, Abingdon
£33,441 - £37,579 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits package and an outstanding pension scheme
Closing date
4 Oct 2019
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Are you interested in supporting nuclear fusion and have been involved in projects to replace, upgrade or design security and electrical systems?

Do you have a background as an electrical technician with a relevant qualification or equivalent experience? 

The UK Atomic Energy Authority have an excellent opportunity for an electrical technician to join their team within the JET operations department. The team consists of circa 9 employees and are responsible for the maintenance, improvement and replacement of key safety and security systems including environmental monitoring, personnel access and site signalling systems. 

Key accountabilities/responsibilities include 

- Working with a diverse range of different systems

- Leading design projects to replace, upgrade or implement new safety and security systems

- Leading the response to equipment faults on operating plant

- Fault finding and working with suppliers to maintain existing systems

- Opportunity to cover for shift technicians on an ad-hoc basis to operate the JET tokamak (training given)

- Interfacing with a wide range of internal customers and suppliers 

- Helping to operate JET as a cover shift technician

At UKAEA we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. Our Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our organisation an employer of choice. UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.

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.

Knowledge skills and experience

- Industry recognised Qualification (e.g. HNC or HND) or equivalent level of experience in electrical or electronics related discipline 

- Good interpersonal and communication skills to interact with internal customers and external suppliers

- Ability to organise and manage small projects from requirements capture through to build of new systems

- Able to function independently and prioritise workload appropriately 

- Methodical and analytical approach to solving problems in designing and maintaining systems

- IEE 18th Edition 

- 2391 City and Guilds Inspection and Testing

- AP12 - LV qualified

- Experience working with safety and security related systems

- Experience in following standard design and safety processes in a science or engineering environment

Special requirements:
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.

Selection Method(s): 

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 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, please discuss with the hiring manager or HR if you have any concerns.

Do you want to help shape the future of the world's energy? If so, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy is the place to be and we can offer a range of career opportunities. These include scientific and engineering roles, as well as technical and administrative positions supporting our research programme.

We have professionally accredited training schemes for graduate engineers and apprentices, and strong links with universities around the UK for PhD placements, as well as job vacancies for various positions when they occur, working in a friendly international environment. 


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