Control Systems Software Engineer

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
Culham, Abingdon
£33,441 - £50,936 PA (Inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
Closing date
23 Nov 2019
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Do you have extensive experience creating intricate solutions in a diverse range of complex environments?

RACE (Remote Applications in Challenging Environments) is based at Culham, within the (UKAEA) UK Atomic Energy Authority specialising in remote handling and automated systems.

RACE is seeking talented control systems software engineers with a proven track record. You will be responsible for leading projects with expertise in mechatronic control systems, producing designs for robotic remote handling systems and working on the design and execution of research projects relating to robotics and autonomy. With a focus on developing remote handling systems for the next generations of power stations, this role will support the UK effort to apply novel technologies to all challenging and harsh environments for the protection of people and advancement of industry.

We offer an outstanding benefits package, including a world class pension, exciting challenges and a unique working environment.

The main responsibilities of the role will be the delivery of complex technical projects from conception to delivery. This will include:

-Software Engineering with Object Oriented programming languages and design patterns
-Writing front and back end applications for use with robotic systems
-Involvement in the implementation of Graphical User Interfaces
-Working with real-time software such as VxWorks, or RT Linux
-Designing control systems for servo-actuator systems
-Supporting other engineers and managers with application issues (e.g. user ability, bugs, training requirements, configuration)
-Acting as sole or primary interface to internal and external collaborators on project work or areas of specific expertise
-Acting as the lead engineer contributing to the remote handling operations of JET, the world`s largest magnetically confined fusion experiment

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.

Applications are welcome from less experienced candidates seeking career development who fulfil the essential criteria for the role attracting a salary range of £33,441 - £37,579 PA (Level 4 including MPP) or £45,543 - £50,936 PA (Level 5 including MPP).

Knowledge skills and experience

-PhD or Master`s degree in Control Engineering or a related subject
-Reasonable experience working in an engineering environment
-Good interpersonal and communication skills, and a proven ability to function as part of a team
-An excellent working knowledge of English
-Proven experience of designing and implementing control systems
-Experience working with electromechanical or mechatronic systems
-Experience of specifying sensors, actuators, and other control systems components
-Understanding of control theory and mathematical techniques related to robotics
-Object oriented programming capability

-Strong programming ability with C++
-Understanding of software engineering processes including lifecycle, version control, documentation
-Experience with network-based communications, E.g. TCP, UDP, DDS
-Experience working with mobile robotics
-Understanding of sensor fusion techniques
-Experience of Computer Vision
-Professional registration

Special requirements:
International travel to customer`s and collaborator`s sites may be required

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority are 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 Methods:
-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.

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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