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Electrical and Control Engineer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Oxfordshire, England, Didcot
£31305 - £46300 per annum
Closing date
26 Nov 2020

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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)

Full time


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.

About You

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.

To Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 29th November 2020.


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and engineering. STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

At STFC, our engineers provide the technology that allows our world-leading science to make a real difference in areas that really matter: from cancer treatment to airport security, high-tech jobs to hydrogen powered cars, energy generation to accident scene emergency care, our impact is felt in many aspects of daily life. We provide and exploit space and astronomy technology, a world-leading neutron scattering facility, ultra-fast supercomputers, amazing scientific instruments and some of the most powerful lasers in the world. We work with industry and academia throughout the UK, Europe and the world.

STFC can offer you an excellent working environment. Our laboratories are based in beautiful rural locations in Cheshire, Oxfordshire and in Edinburgh, with great amenities and quality of life for you and your family. We are at the centre of burgeoning high-tech campuses buzzing with economic investment and even more promise for the future. Our people enjoy attractive benefits and plenty of opportunity for development. Whether you are beginning or furthering your career, we can offer you excellent opportunities to test out and broaden your skills and experience and to gain real technical and managerial expertise working in dynamic team and project environments.

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