Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC250565
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £24777 - £36459
Date Posted 09 August 2019
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 15 September 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £24,777 - £36,459 per annum (dependent on skills and experience and inclusive of £3,000 annual allowance)
Grade: C/D
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 15th September 2019

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science research organisations. We are trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we are driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.

STFC’s ISIS facility uses a particle accelerator to produce neutrons and muons which are used to carry out research in the physical and life sciences. The facility performs cutting edge research into the structure and properties of materials at an atomic and molecular level.

STFC is one of nine partner 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.

About the Role

The Pulsed Power Operations Section, within the ISIS Magnet Power Supplies Group, has a need for an Electrical and Electronic Engineer. The Section is responsible for the operation and maintenance of pulsed power supplies on the ISIS accelerator, as well as implementing the installation and commissioning of new systems. Supported equipment includes high voltage (100 kV), high current (15 kA) and high speed (sub-microsecond) pulsed power supplies. Training and support will be provided to give you sufficient knowledge and experience of this unique equipment in order to provide operational support and upgrades.

The role involves preventative and reactive maintenance of the power supply systems, controls, interlocks, hardware assembly and associated plant. You will have the practical skills necessary to work on electrical, electronic and mechanical systems. You will have a good knowledge of both high power electrical engineering and component level analogue, digital and programmable electronics, relevant to power supply technologies. You will be able to read circuit diagrams, interpret technical drawings and be able to deduce how a physical system functions. You will have a logical approach to fault finding and repair, which is both safe and minimises equipment downtime. You will be responsible for understanding equipment faults and contributing to upgrades in order to prevent or reduce the impact of a similar fault reoccurring.

You will have an understanding of the safety implications of pulsed power systems. You will be expected to write risk assessments and method statements for specific jobs, follow STFC safety codes, and complete training in order to become a Nominated Person Electrical (NPE).

Duties include:

  • operation and maintenance of pulsed power supplies
  • fault finding and repair
  • installation and commissioning of new equipment
  • liaising with other engineers responsible for cooling water systems, magnets and interlocks
  • liaising with power supply manufacturing companies.

The role involves working in radiation areas and areas containing high magnetic fields. The hazards are monitored and controlled to safe working levels. You must be willing and able to work in these environments.

The role will involve occasional travel within the UK and overseas and you must be willing to be on-call.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting (S) and Interview (I) Criteria


  • minimum HNC or equivalent in an appropriate Electrical or Electrical-and-Electronic Engineering discipline (S)
  • experience of maintenance, fault finding and repair of electrical equipment (S&I)
  • experience of electrical engineering relevant to power supply technology (S)
  • experience of analogue, digital or programmable electronics relevant to power supply technology (S)
  • an understanding of electrical safety and the hazards associated with pulsed power (I)
  • fluent in English (S&I)
  • willing to be on-call once sufficiently trained (I).


  • experience of project and/or team management (S&I)
  • knowledge of electrical pulsed power system design and topologies (I)
  • fully conversant with engineering drawings and circuit diagrams (I)
  • knowledge of a wide range of technologies relevant to the role (S&I)
  • experience of electromagnets, high voltage, high current, high frequency or high energystorage systems (S&I)
  • ability in mathematics (I)
  • knowledge of software packages and programming languages relevant to the role, including AutoCAD, ladder logic, LabVIEW, Microsoft Office, PSPICE, PLECS or MATLAB (I)
  • knowledge of relevant British Standards including BS 7671 (IET Wiring Regulations) (I)
  • experience of working in a range of team roles, including leader and subordinate (I)
  • experience in an operational facility (I)
  • experience of using a computerised maintenance management software (CMMS) (I).

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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