Control and Instrumentation Engineer

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  • Job Reference 4342
  • SALARY & BENEFITS £45,543 - £50,936
  • Job Level Experienced (non manager)
Job Description

Are you an experienced C&I engineer with excellent programming and project management skills?

Do you have a background in controls with a relevant degree or equivalent qualification?

Do you have substantial knowledge and industry experience of working on control systems?

The UK Atomic Energy Authority have an excellent opportunity for a C&I Engineer to join their team within the MAST-U department. In this role, you will work alongside the circa 6 person team responsible for MAST-U machine control and protection providing support and training where required whilst leading on various projects for MAST-U.

The Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak Upgrade (MAST-U) is a UK funded, leading plasma physics experiment. It has ties to numerous UK & International Universities and Fusion Laboratories throughout the world. The experiment is investigating key physics and engineering issues related to the production of commercial fusion energy. Two major areas of research are the control of the plasma density and the management of the hot plasma exhaust.

The MAST-U Operations Department has the mission of ensuring availability of plasma and diagnostics for the physics campaigns. These will provide data and insights, which will directly influence the design of future power generators. The department is divided into three groups; Load Assembly and Infrastructure, Machine Control and Protection and Data Acquisition and Management.

Key responsibilities include:

-Lead and manage all work on the MAST-U control and instrumentation systems
-Support MAST-U Enhancement control systems projects
-Ensuring that all control and instrumentation work remains on schedule, budget and meets quality requirements
-Define MAST-U control system strategy by working with internal and external experts

At UKAEA, we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. Our Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our organisation an employer of choice. UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.

The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UK`s MAST-U fusion energy experiment. UKAEA also works with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies currently in Remote Handling and Materials research. Following recent UK funding, two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation are being built. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading-edge technological excellence, whilst investing in its people.

Knowledge, skills and experience

-HND/HNC or Degree in Electrical or Electronic Engineering including computer science or equivalent experience
-Extensive experience of the control and instrumentation hardware and software, including SCADA and PLC programming for highly complex processes

-Schneider PLC Programming experience e.g. M580, M340
-Experience of machine protection and safety related control systems

Special requirements:
-Initial interviews will be held on 20/03/2020. You may be required to attend a final interview on 25/03/2020.

-As part of the selection process you may be expected to complete work-based simulation exercises and a personality profile either online or onsite.

-Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

-This role will require you to work shifts.

-Please note, UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews.

-The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role.

-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 (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.