Functional Safety Engineer

Diamond Light Source
Harwell, Didcot
Salary £33,963 – £51,517 dependent upon skills and experience
Closing date
7 Mar 2021

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Functional Safety Engineer

Harwell, Oxfordshire / Some home working available

Salary £33,963 – £51,517 dependent upon skills and experience

Full time / Flexible hours considered

Excellent opportunity to perform a critical role at our world leading scientific research facility


About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron; a huge scientific facility designed to produce very intense beams of X-rays, infrared and ultraviolet light. Our scientists use the light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology.

Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 25 days annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company holidays, along with flexible working hours and an excellent pension scheme. Staff also have access to a range of amenities on site including a nursery, cafes, a restaurant and sports and leisure facilities.                        

About the Role

We now have an opportunity for either an experienced Engineer to carry out the full life cycle of delivery of a high integrity personnel safety system, or a more junior position for someone that can learn from our experienced engineers and subsequently grow into the role. PSS provide solutions to protect people from the radiation hazards produced from the Diamond synchrotron. This will be from initial selection of suitable hardware, conceptual design, detailed design, commissioning and acceptance, then ongoing support.

You will also provide creative, innovative and adaptive expert input to the specification and design of new beamline personnel safety systems.

Diamond is planning a major upgrade of the facility, known as Diamond-II, which will generate an even more brilliant light source at a higher energy. This role will play a significant part in contributing to the upgrade.

This opportunity is as either a Functional Safety Engineer or Senior Functional Safety Engineer depending on the strength of applicant’s skills, experience and qualifications. Depending upon the appointment level, further responsibilities will include some or all of the following:

  • Investigate replacement Safety system solutions for new Beamlines for Diamond-II;
  • Lead the specification of safety logic to ensure protection from hazards.
  • Apply technical know-how on active safety systems.
  • Manage stakeholders through all stages of the project Safety Systems life cycle.
  • Undertake statistical analysis of the installed Safety System.
  • Project manage work-packages related to Safety System by external suppliers including preparation of tenders and service level agreements.
  • Line management for contractors to support Safety System design, installation, commissioning & periodic testing.
  • Carry out training in understanding and meeting the safety requirements for applications that include Lasers and Robots and selection of suitable safety solutions.

About You

Candidates may be from a functional safety background, or perhaps an Electrical Engineer looking for a change of direction.

You will have experience in the delivery of safety systems for large scale industrial or scientific applications. This should include knowledge of 61508 & 61511 principles and appreciation of TUV certification.

Hands on experience with Safety PLC's including specifying, software creation and verification would be beneficial.

You will display the ability to read, understand and if necessary modify engineering drawings, to write and interpret technical specifications, and have a good appreciation of project management and contract supervision principles.

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent in Electrical Engineering or another STEM discipline, or demonstrate equivalent experience.

The closing date for applications is 7th March 2021, however applications will be reviewed and interviewed on an ongoing basis until this vacancy is filled.


Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Located on the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire a 20 minute drive south of Oxford in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Diamond Light Source conducts world-class research in virtually all fields of science and offers rewarding career opportunities covering both technical and scientific disciplines

Find Us
01235 778000
Diamond House
United Kingdom

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