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Magnet & Power Supplies Operations Manager - Electrical Engineering

STFC - The Science and Technology Facilities Council - Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Campus

About Us

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

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

We now have an excellent opportunity within our ISIS facility for a suitably qualified Electrical Engineer with an interest in Accelerator based magnet power systems and a desire to ensure that these systems operate to a high degree of reliability.

You will lead and line manage the teams responsible for operating and maintaining the accelerator power systems as well as the magnet operations, which is made up of the pulsed power, DC beamline, DC source and magnet operations sections.

You will be directly responsible for the operational reliability of the systems, ensuring compliance with the ISIS asset management system and implementation of predictive and reactive maintenance regimes.

You will be responsible for ensuring the operational skill base meets current and future requirements, as well as ensuring that the group remains within its operational budgets.

You will liaise with Scientists and Engineers across the organisation to assist with future power supply developments and replacements; communicate with external power supply manufacturers and take an active role in networking with other accelerator facilities both nationally and internationally to ensure best practice is employed.

You will also take part in specifying, tendering, evaluating and project managing of new power systems.

About You

You will hold an HND or equivalent level qualification in an appropriate electrical engineering discipline.

You will display strong management and leadership skills, with experience in the management of a power supply operations teams.

Technically you will have knowledge/experience in the following areas:

  • Pulsed power and DC Power Supplies techniques and topologies for accelerator magnets
  • Power supply design, operations and fault finding techniques
  • Operation and maintenance of electro-magnets
  • Writing Power Supply Specifications
  • Writing risk assessments and method statements.
  • Fully conversant with engineering drawings and circuit schematics.
  • Project management experience is desirable.

You will have a focus on health and safety with particular reference to electrical safety and the IET wiring regulations, with experience in writing and reviewing electrical safety procedures, and the necessary skills and knowledge to be an electrically authorised person with the responsibility of assessing the competence of the staff with regards to appointing them as electrically nominated persons.

You will also display excellent communication, interpersonal and relationship building skills.


STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, flexible working hours, an exceptional pension scheme and social and sporting activities and societies. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages - A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

To Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please visit our job board at Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 2nd September 2018.

Location: Harwell
Salary: £48,202 to £53,558 per annum (dependent upon qualifications and experience)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 7th August 2018
Closes: 2nd September 2018
Job Ref: IRC245967
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