Electrical Support & Design Technician
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire
Salary £25,702 - £27,938 or £31,931 - £34,709 per annum (dependent on skills and experience, plus annual role-based allowance of £2,000)
Excellent opportunity for a skilled Electrical Support and Design Technician to work in a leading science environment offering exceptional employee benefits.
About the Central Laser Facility
As part of UK Research and Innovation, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe's largest research organisations and operates at a number of sites within the UK, including the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and many more around the world.
The Central Laser Facility (CLF) is one of the world's leading laser centres, providing scientists mainly from the UK and continental Europe with access to an unparalleled range of state-of-the-art laser technology. The CLF has around 180 staff and its function - user facility, international research - makes it a very friendly, outgoing, externally facing sort of place.
STFC is an award-winning employer and RAL is a superb place to work - there is pioneering work going on all around the site and the environment, facilities and conditions are excellent.
About the role
We have an opportunity for two motivated individuals to join our Laser Interlocks team. This small team supports over 40 laser areas and carries out a wide array of tasks related to the design, procurement, build, installation, support and development of safety PLC-based controls systems, that contribute to the safe and controlled use of high power laser systems.
Your responsibilities will include:
- Assisting/leading in the design, build, installation, commissioning, maintenance and documentation of PLC based laser safety interlock systems.
- Liaising with laser scientists and users to support the needs of an operational facility.
- To evaluate, and document new hardware.
- Developing PLC/SCADA software, writing test procedures and testing control logic.
The role requires the individual to be self-motivated, to work well in a team and to be able to operate independently. You will work closely with research scientists, electrical engineers and leading university research groups from Europe and the UK.
You will have an HNC (or equivalent) in a STEM subject plus a recognised apprenticeship (or equivalent) in a relevant area along with a good working knowledge of PLC programming. You will also have the ability to work from technical drawings and understand circuit diagrams.
With a strong ability to think creatively in solving problems, you should be able to show initiative and evaluate alternative courses of action where necessary.
In addition you will demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a highly organised approach to work, and be innovative and inquisitive. The successful candidate will be responsible for a number of interesting projects within the CLF whilst developing their engineering knowledge in Functional Safety.
We are offering a permanent position that provide a whole host of family friendly benefits including; 30 days holiday (in addition to bank holidays), an excellent pension scheme, employee shopping/travel discounts, a salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme, plus many more benefits and wellbeing initiatives that enable our employees to have a great work life balance.
UKRI is an Equal Opportunity & Disability Confident Employer.
Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.
The closing date for applications is 31st August 2021.