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Electrical Engineer

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire
£49,396 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Closing date
4 Jul 2021

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Design, Electrical, Systems
Nuclear Industry, Power
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Company Description

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 are seeking an experienced electrical engineer to successfully lead and manage complex packages of high and low voltage electrical engineering work from concept through to completion. A great opportunity to be part of a collaborative team working on bespoke equipment, you will lead designs on implementing fusion supporting equipment. You will have previous experience in an electrical engineering role within an industrial hazardous or harsh environment as well as experience of preparing safety documentation required for hazardous electrical plant.

Job Description

What will you be responsible for?

To provide engineering support to UKAEA and its onsite tenants

To successfully lead and manage complex packages of work to completion from concept to delivery and benefits realisation

Act as an equipment owner and be responsible for plant / equipment at the sub-system or item level

Provide engineering assurance through calculation, analysis and review of existing electrical switchgear

To lead and take full ownership for large work packages associated with complex HV/LV electrical equipment, complex installation / modification tasks, and technical studies including preparation of documentation


Essential qualification, skills, experience and competence required

Good communication and influencing skills

Good knowledge of safe working procedures, with experience of preparing safety documentation (i.e. risk assessments, method statements, permit system for work)

Bachelor’s degree or HNC / HND or equivalent level in Electrical Engineering

Extensive experience obtained following award of the qualification, in an electrical engineering role in an industrial hazardous or harsh environment and professional experience which demonstrates an ability to work at this level

Demonstrable knowledge of large distribution networks

Experience of issuing electrical isolations on Low Voltage systems, including racking out of air circuit breakers

Ability to work across disciplines with internal and external stakeholders

Able to manage own time and workload to deliver against agreed targets

Able to identify and solve unusual/ complex technical problems

Desirable skills, experience and competence

Preferably the job holder would have previously been an Authorised Person

Confidence in using CAD systems

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, particular 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 4th July 2021 and may close earlier if large or sufficient numbers 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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