Electrical and Control Engineer
UKRI - STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire
Salary: Band D £31,305 - £37,028 Band E £38,969 - £46,300 (dependent on skills and experience and inclusive of sector-based allowance)
Excellent opportunities for a skilled Electrical and Control Engineer to work in a leading science environment offering exceptional employee benefits.
About the Central Laser Facility
The Central Laser Facility (CLF) is one of the world's leading laser centres, providing scientists mainly from the UK and continental Europe with access to an unparalleled range of state-of-the-art laser technology. The CLF has around 180 staff and its function - user facility, international research - makes it a very friendly, outgoing, externally facing sort of place. It has a welcoming and inclusive culture, and you will find that people will naturally help and support you.
As part of UK Research and Innovation, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe's largest research organisations and operates at a number of sites within the UK, including the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and many more around the world. RAL is home to about 1,200 staff that work with a community of more than 10,000 scientists and engineers mainly from the research sector, which spans the scientific spectrum including energy, security, materials healthcare, life-sciences and the environment to address important challenges facing society.
STFC is an award-winning employer and RAL is a superb place to work - there is pioneering work going on all around the site and the environment, facilities and conditions are excellent. RAL has a real buzz and the people working here have a profound sense of pride in what they achieve. Alongside an excellent working environment and comprehensive continued professional development STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days' annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, an exceptional career average defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies. Full details can be found on STFC's careers pages.
About the role
You will join a team of Electrical Control engineers playing a critical part in designing electrical control systems, supporting the work carried out by the Central Laser Facility.
Your responsibilities will include:
- Getting user requirements and translating them into working solutions.
- Collaborating with mechanical designers, software engineers and scientists to build new systems.
- Getting involved in the product design and development of bespoke systems, from conception to commissioning.
- Designing and maintaining PLC based systems - Vacuum and Gas Control Systems.
- Developing, maintaining and supporting high precision motion control systems.
- Ensuring safe operation of the electrical equipment in use, issuing the relevant safety documentation, and implementing improvements where necessary.
- Supporting the laser science and experimental teams to troubleshoot electrical issues related to electrical systems.
The role requires the candidate to be self-motivated, to work well in a team and to be able to operate independently. You will work closely with research scientists, electrical engineers and leading university research groups from Europe and the UK.
You will have an HND, or equivalent degree (BEng) in electrical engineering along with extensive experience working in an engineering field, as well as knowledge and practical experience of modern electrical engineering components and techniques.
With working knowledge of PLCs you should also have experience of working in a supporting role and task management awareness.
To be considered for the Band E position, as well as the above, you will have proven experience in the development of systems from customers' requirements to commissioning with sound experience of task management and proven skills in designing and programming PLC based systems and/or high precision motion control.
Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.
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The closing date for applications is 29th November 2020.