Power Supply Engineer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Didcot, England, Oxfordshire
£25702.0 - £34709.0 per annum
Closing date
26 Apr 2021

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Power Supply Engineer

Salary: Band C: £25,702 to £27,938 per annum or Band D: £31,931 to £34,709 per annum (dependent on skills and experience). A Specialist of Allowance of up to £2000 per annum is also available for this role.

Hours: Full time.

Contract Type: Open Ended.

Location: Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory Harwell, Oxfordshire.

We currently have the opportunity for two Power Supply Engineers to join our team at the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source. Our ISIS facility uses a particle accelerator to produce neutrons and muons which are used to carry out research in the physical and life sciences. We use novel technology and equipment to operate the accelerator continuously, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with planned maintenance periods usually four times per year.

About the roles

These roles will be based in the Magnet Power Supplies Group, who are responsible for all power supply equipment on the ISIS accelerator and beamlines, including a large number of pulsed power and DC power supplies. Working closely with your team, you will be responsible for:

  • preventative and reactive maintenance of the power supplies and associated equipment,
  • fault finding and problem solving,
  • contributing to strategic improvement plans,
  • installation and commissioning of new systems.

Two positions are available. One is within the Pulsed Power Section, working on systems that store large amounts of energy that is released at high frequencies, giving pulses at the multi-kilovolt level within micro or even nanoseconds. The other role is with the DC Power Supplies Section who support equipment including power converters ranging from kilowatt to megawatt, with varied topologies and technologies, electromagnets, high-current cables and precision diagnostics.

Both of these roles offer great development opportunities within the field of electrical engineering and through exposure to other engineering subject areas. You will be encouraged to learn new skills and contribute to exciting projects.

These are unique and challenging roles, working on unique power supply equipment and at a highly respected science facility.

About you

You will have the practical skills necessary to work on electrical, electronic and mechanical systems. You will be diligent, safe and dependable with the ability to solve problems, fault-find and enjoy the achievement of keeping the accelerator on-line.

You will have a BTEC Level 3, or to be considered at the higher band, a HNC, or equivalent in the field of Electrical or Electrical-and-Electronic Engineering. Capability to perform maintenance, fault find and repair electrical equipment is essential. Experience of analogue, digital or programmable electronics, and an understanding of power electronics is desirable. Knowledge of a wide range of technologies relevant to the role or experience of electromagnets, high voltage, high current, high frequency or high energy storage systems would be advantageous but not essential.

You will be able to work collaboratively as part of a team as well under your own initiative. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, enthusiastic and show a logical approach to problem solving.

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe's largest science research organisations. Through world-class facilities and people, we are driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology. STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Our benefits

As part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days' annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery and an exceptional pension scheme. To ensure the welfare of our staff, we have a dedicated wellbeing team, specialised support groups and all employees have 24/7 access to our employee assistance programme.

How to apply

Applicants are required to submit a CV and a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Please ensure you showcase your skills in relation to the defined criteria. Early applications are encouraged, as candidates may be invited for interview ahead of the closing date.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit our job board.

The closing date for applications is 18th April 2021.


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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