Nuclear fusion, the process that powers the sun, has the potential to revolutionise the way we produce energy and to help us towards the goal of a carbon-free tomorrow. CCFE is one of the world`s leading fusion research laboratories and our scientists and engineers are working with partners around the globe to develop fusion as a new source of clean energy.
As a Real-Time Control and Software Engineer in the Operations and Control Groups you will play an important role in helping us get there by contributing to the development and exploitation of real-time digital control systems for JET, the world`s largest fusion machine, and MAST-U, the UK`s flagship fusion experiment.
We are looking for a motivated and committed control and/or software engineer, with some experience and/or strong interest in designing, building and operating real-time, distributed digital control systems.
Key accountabilities/responsibilities will include
- Designing, building, implementing or operating real-time, distributed digital control systems, in particular faster-than-real-time digital systems.
- Acting as interface and expert advisor to internal and external collaborators on real-time feedback control projects.
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
Essential - An honours (BSc or Master) degree in Engineering, Computing, Physics or related subjects.
- Demonstrable understanding of control theory and/or software for real-time feedback control, e.g. obtained by attending University modules on the topic
- Good communication skills and ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.
Desirable - Experience of designing, building and/or operating real-time measurement and control systems
- Software Engineering with both procedural (C) and Object Oriented (C++) programming languages and working with real-time software (VxWorks, Real Time Linux)
- Communications for distributed control (analogue, digital and data network)
- Understanding of software engineering processes, including lifecycle, version control, documentation.
Special requirements: - Occasional shift worker as in the JET Control Room to support commissioning & operation of Real-Time Control systems. Selection Method:
- 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.
- 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.