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Electrical Support & Design Technician/Engineer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
England, Didcot, Oxfordshire
£31931.0 - £44166.0 per annum
Closing date
26 Aug 2021

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Electrical Support & Design Technician/Engineer

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire

Salary £31,931 - £34,709 or £39,748 - £44,166 per annum (dependent on skills and experience, plus annual role-based allowance of £2,000)

Full time


Excellent opportunity for a skilled Electrical Support and Design Technician or Engineer 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:

  • Leading in the design, build, installation, commissioning, maintenance and documentation of PLC based laser safety interlock systems.
  • Management of design and installation staff/contractors.
  • Fault finding of electrical equipment and control systems.
  • 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.

About You

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.

You will have a strong ability to think creatively in solving problems, showing initiative and evaluating alternative courses of action where necessary.

In addition you will demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a highly organised approach to work, be innovative and inquisitive, with a desire to gain new skills in a broad range of areas.

To be considered for the Engineer position, you will have a degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate Engineering discipline, or have a strong Functional Safety background. You will have experience in project delivery, design, installation or commissioning of control systems, you will also have in depth experience with Safety PLC's.

Employee Benefits:

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.

To Apply

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.


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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