Systems Modelling and Analysis Engineer

Harwell Science & Innovation Campus, Didcot
£32,480 - £38,211 (Discretionary range to £43,943)
11 Jul 2017
10 Aug 2017
Design, Scientific, Systems
Job Type

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Located on the Harwell Science & Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire a 20 minute drive south of Oxford in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Diamond Light Source conducts world-class research in virtually all fields of science and offers rewarding career opportunities covering both technical and scientific disciplines.

In our endeavour to push science we are increasingly using closed loop feedbacks on a multitude of properties and timescales from microseconds to weeks. The aim of this role is to support the design, development, commissioning and operational support of control systems (closed loop feedback and feedforward) through the characterisation of system components, development of models of the system, analysis of the model to ascertain performance as part of the overall design process, and the subsequent characterisation and optimisation of the resulting systems.

Duties include:

  • Develop new simulation models of control processes;
  • Maintain and improve existing simulation models;
  • Measurement and characterization of systems to correlate with simulation;
  • Model and assess system design to ascertain performance as part of the design process;
  • Provide technical expertise on control systems and system modelling tools;
  • Provide support and analysis of operational control systems;
  • Interface with internal customers, including Engineers and Scientists, during the design and development life cycle to provide advice and support in terms of system modelling, analysis and interpreting results;
  • Report on progress in all areas on a periodic basis;
  • Maintain and develop technical expertise in control theory;
  • Maintain a current knowledge of other, comparable, beamline and accelerator projects internationally.

Qualification & Experience - Essential

  • Educated to Masters level in Control Theory, Engineering or Mathematics;
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written;
  • Ability to solve technical problems, evaluating alternative courses of action and innovating where necessary;
  • Demonstrate self-motivation and a willingness to take responsibility;
  • Demonstrate ability to work as part of a team but also effectively without direct supervision;
  • Knowledge and experience of MATLAB/Simulink or similar modelling environment;
  • Knowledge in control theory applied to linear SISO and MIMO systems;
  • Knowledge and experience of characterisation of components and systems;
  • Experience in producing computer simulations (e.g. Simulink models) from a mathematical specification or from system characterisation information;
  • Be willing to work overtime at unsociable hours as might be occasionally required;
  • Be willing to travel in the UK and abroad, including occasional periods away from home;
  • Be prepared to undertake further training.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

  • PhD degree in Control Theory, Physics, Engineering or Mathematics;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of staff supervision;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of project planning and management;
  • Knowledge in control theory applied to nonlinear systems.

For further information and to apply, please click on the apply button, to visit our website.

Closing date: 13 August 2017.

Diamond is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community.

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