Electrical Design Engineer

Job Description

Are you an experienced Electrical Design Engineer with a relevant degree or equivalent qualification?

Do you have substantial knowledge and industry experience in working on LV systems, C&I and automation? Are you interested in having a direct contribution in shaping the future of the world`s energy?

Nuclear Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and stars, can play a big part in generating an abundant, safe and low carbon energy for the future. The UK Atomic Energy Authority manages the UK`s national fusion programme and we have an excellent opportunity for an Electrical Design Engineer to join their team within the Central Engineering department. You will be responsible for leading the design work on major fusion sub-systems, from concept through to detailed design, and supporting the work plan and projects on enhancement programs and future fusion devices.

Key accountabilities:

  • Develop and effectively implement systems for managing design requirements and interfaces, and processes for ensuring satisfactory performance/compliance, and ensure these are adopted by design teams
  • Supervise on-site contractors / junior designers and students, providing them with challenging projects, monitoring their progress and sharing constructive feedback
  • Act as a Technical Reference for the organisation in areas of knowledge
  • Lead in raising the standard for the group and be proactive in defining new systems or processes that enhance the productivity
  • Accountable for design aspects relating to all assigned systems / components including repair, replacement or upgrade activities

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 people.

Knowledge, skills and experience


  • HNC/degree qualified in an electrical engineering subject
  • Proven track record of delivering complex technical projects of a sizeable physical scale
  • Expert in electrical engineering implementation, with a strong foundation in design and development
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to deal with uncertainty and the ability to inspire a can-do approach amongst team members
  •  Flexible in responding to unforeseen changes, minimising the impact on technical delivery
  • Have experience in using the AutoCAD CAD system
  • Be qualified in the latest version of the IET 18th Edition wiring regulations


  • Completed full apprenticeship in electrical engineering
  • Experience with Functional Safety of Machinery, BS EN 13849, BS EN 61508
  • Experience with ATEX & DSEAR
  • Experience with 3D CAD packages
  • Leading teams and supervising other staff
  • Experience with relevant environmental factors such as vacuum, transient magnetic fields and radiological issues

Special requirements:

  • This role will require you to work shifts

Selection Methods and Notes:

  • As part of the selection process, you may be expected to complete work-based simulation exercises and a personality profile either online or on-site.
  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.
  • 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.