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Control Systems Software Engineer

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
Culham, Abingdon
£48,208 to £51,385 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Closing date
13 Jan 2021
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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.

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

Who are we looking for?

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.

Special Requirements

International travel to customer`s and collaborator`s sites may be required.

What will you be responsible for?

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

Essential skills, experience and competence required

- PhD or Master`s degree in Control Engineering or a related subject
- 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 of 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

Desirable skills, experience and competence

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

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 Partner, with the support of our Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our organisation an employer of choice. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10 minute walk from Culham Railway Station.  

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if a large or sufficient number 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.


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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