Vacuum Control and Instrumentation Technician

Culham, Abingdon, UK
£33,441 - £37,579 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
Jan 14, 2020
Feb 14, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Are you an experienced Control and Instrumentation Technician with experience of vacuum systems?

Do you have a background working as an Electrical Technician?

The UK Atomic Energy Authority have an excellent opportunity for a Control and Instrumentation Electrical Technician to work within a small team of engineers and technicians under the supervision of the Vacuum Control & Instrumentation Section Leader.

In this role you will be responsible for the safe operation of the JET and MAST-U vacuum systems during operational periods, and maintenance and upgrades during shutdown periods. You will lead projects and produce design details and commissioning procedures for such projects whilst adhering to budgets.

Key accountabilities include:

-The project management, design, installation and commissioning of new or replacement vacuum systems and equipment.

-The maintenance, calibration, troubleshooting and improvement of the existing vacuum systems and associated infrastructure of the JET and MAST-U fusion machines.

-Design, assembly, fault diagnosis and repair of the Control & Instrumentation modules utilised on the JET and MAST-U Vacuum Systems.

-Proactively improving the reliability & efficiency of the existing vacuum systems by proposing, designing & implementing solutions.

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.

For further information on why UKAEA is a great place to work please review our recruitment video via the following link:

For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack.

Knowledge skills and experience


-HNC in Electrical Engineering or equivalent.

-Experienced with the use and implementation of Programmable Logic Controllers, plant interlocks and signal conditioning, amplification and processing.

-Basic understanding of vacuum systems and vacuum technology.


Experience of working in environments subject to radiological control.

Special requirements:

-A significant proportion of the Vacuum Group plant is located in operational areas that cannot be accessed during machine operation, therefore fault-finding and remedial work must be planned at short notice and often outside working hours.

-Be prepared to participate in the Vacuum C & I Section on-call roster.

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.

Selection Method(s):
-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.

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