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Principal Electrical C&I Engineer

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire
£63,856 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Closing date
28 May 2023

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Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in strategically contributing to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.
Job Description

RACE is a leading laboratory, solution provider and operator of robotics and autonomous systems. Our cross-functional competencies enable us to  deliver innovative solutions that combine advanced control systems, sophisticated mechanical designs, state-of-the-art sensing, and extraordinary performance. We also develop sophisticated VR, optimisation, and planning tools to enhance these systems. We have a dynamic, and highly motivated team of 80 engineers, scientists and technicians devoted to building systems that perform tasks in some of the most extreme environments in the world. We are currently developing large complex remote handling and robotic systems for a variety of different industries.

Who are we looking for?

A a Principal Electrical, Control and Instrumentation Engineer you will provide technical and project leadership on large, complex, cross-disciplinary projects within RACE, influencing the direction of UKAEA Projects and the customer organisation. You'll provide specialist technical knowledge and direction in a complex field of Remote Handling in a safety regulated, high-radiation environment. You will propose, define, manage, and deliver the major projects and lead the project teams. You'll be a point of authority across the multiple disciplines working on the projects (mechanical, electrical and control) and advise on technical solutions, designs and/or critical plant operational issues.

What will you be responsible for?

- Accountable for leading the programme from concept through to detailed design, manufacture, installation and testing as part of the wider portfolio.
- Provide expert knowledge in Electrical, Control and Instrumentation Design throughout project lifecycle in and around PLC, motion control, automation and functional safety systems.
- Build UKAEA’s internal capability for delivery of enhancement programs for CCFE’s facilities as well as for future fusion and other devices.
- Working extensively with the customer, their suppliers, other research institutions in the UK and across Europe, as well as industrial suppliers to the UKAEA.


Essential skills, experience and competence required

- Proven record of delivering complex projects to time and budget.
- Extensive programming experience in PLCs and motion control systems for automation applications, specifically Beckhoff, Copley, Siemens, Pilz and Allen Bradley or equivalent industrial leaders.
- Proven track record managing engineering teams developing complex high technology systems.
- Experience in requirements capture and validation, including a systems-based approach to designing control systems.
- Experience with harsh environmental considerations and highly regulated industries.
- A relevant engineering degree or equivalent experience.
- Chartered Engineer status or equivalent experience.

Desirable skills, experience and competence

- The design constraints imposed by nuclear environments, particularly fusion.
- Design of remote handling control systems. 

Additional Information

RACE work is fascinating, exciting, and challenging. Learn more about some of the exciting RACE projects that you can be involved with, such as JET, ITER, ESS Active Cell Facility, LongOps, and many others.

Some of the benefits that we offer:

- Competitive salary

- Hybrid working

- Flexible working options, including family-friendly policies and part-time arrangements

- Generous 30.5 days annual leave allowance, increased with the length of service

- Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme

- Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders

- Emergency paid leave

- Wide range of career progression opportunities supported by our employee development programme

- Corporate bonus scheme, up to 7% Base Salary

- Relocation allowance (up to £8K, subject to eligibility)

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities and women. The Executive team with support from our ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success.

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 or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

Note for applicants who are applying for employment with UKAEA either from outside the United Kingdom or who have spent time outside the United Kingdom in the last five years. Please visit the UK Government website. If the country you are resident in or have resided in is not listed on this website or that the UK Government is not aware of how to obtain a criminal records check from that state then we are unable to process your application.


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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