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Electronics Engineer

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

Who are we looking for?

We have an excellent opportunity for an Electronics Engineer to join a team of circa 55 employees and be responsible for the maintenance, repair and provision of upgrades/refurbishments to major parts of the pulsed power supplies plant on the JET or MAST-U Tokamaks as a Plant Responsible Officer (PRO).

You will be able to demonstrate an ability to apply technical expertise and manage complicated and/or extensive tasks involving others. You will have previous experience in preparing safety documentation including risk assessments, method statements and using a formal permit system for work on complex, hazardous electrical plant. You must have experience of high hazard industrial working environment due to the nature of our work at UKAEA.

Job Description

What will you be responsible for?

- Supporting very large, complex, high hazard power supply equipment that is critical to the operation of JET and MAST-U tokamaks

- Becoming a technical expert for sections of the plant managing operation, availability, reliability and safety

- Proposing and leading refurbishment and enhancements to the plant

- Mentoring less experienced colleagues and assisting with training

- Liaising with other control room staff and the power supplies shift team as required


Essential skills, experience and competences required:

- Background in electronics and demonstrable ability to apply technical expertise and manage complex tasks

- An honours degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or a related discipline or other equivalent and relevant qualifications. A lower qualification level may be accepted where there is significant demonstrable experience beyond the minimum below

- Experience of high hazard industrial working environments

- Significant experience in component, sub-system and system level fault finding of these systems

Desirable skills, experience and competences:

- High Voltage experience would be an advantage

Additional Information

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 is due to close on the 3rd of March 2021. Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

- This role will require you to work shifts

- Two shift pattern 0630-1430 and 1400 - 2230. 1 week in 4 envisaged

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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