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Senior Pulsed Power Engineer

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Harwell, Didcot
£62,178 - £68,395 per annum
Closing date
18 Feb 2024

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Senior Pulsed Power Engineer

Salary: £62,178 - £68,395 per annum (dependent on skills and experience)

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: Full time

Location: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Oxfordshire


Come and discover the impact you can make when you’re equipped, encouraged and inspired to perform to your very best!

Discover the science your skills can enable by bringing your engineering experience to our Central Laser Facility (CLF) based in Oxfordshire. The facility 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 pioneering laser technology.

An exciting opportunity exists to work on a new project called Vulcan 20-20. The Vulcan high power laser facility sits at the heart of the CLF, and for decades has been internationally recognised as a globally leading laser facility, providing access for UK and international researchers working on a wide range of topics in high energy density and plasma science. 

The CLF has recently secured funding for an ambitious £82M upgrade to the Vulcan facility (termed Vulcan 20-20) to increase its power to 20 PW, and its energy to 20 kJ. It will be the highest power laser in the world.

You will join the Vulcan 20-20 team and lead the design, development and build of the 20kV pulsed power system. We are looking to improve and develop our current system, increase repetition rate, amount of circuits and reducing the overall footprint.  

Your responsibilities will include:

•    leading the design and development of the pulse power system
•    leading the installation and commissioning of the capacitor bank
•    integrating the pulse power system into the laser control system

We are looking for someone with:

  • a degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject or an HNC/HND (or equivalent) with relevant experience working on pulse power systems 
  • extensive knowledge of pulse power systems experience in the development of pulse power systems
  • experience in scientific instrument development and design

What we offer

We are offering a permanent position with a whole host of benefits including:

  • 30 days holiday annually (in addition to 10.5 bank holidays and privilege days)
  • flexible working hours
  • an excellent defined average salary pension scheme
  • employee shopping/travel discounts
  • excellent learning and development opportunities
  • visa Sponsorship for candidates applying outside of the UK

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.

We ask some of the biggest questions in the universe, to answer some of the biggest challenges in the world. Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers and business-support team explore the unknown across every field you could think of. And they turn what they find into work that changes the world around us.

What could you achieve with the world-leading facilities and experts of one of Europe's largest research organisations by your side? Join us and discover what's possible.

Closing Date: 18th February 2024.


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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