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Job Title Head of Power Supplies Group / Senior Power Supplies Engineer / Power Supplies Engineer
Job Reference DIA1014/NH
Post Type Permanent / Full time
Division Technical
Salary information Head of Power Supplies Group: £51,000 - £69,000 / Senior Power Supplies Engineer: £41,000 - £55,000 / Power Supplies Engineer: £31,000 - £43,000
Application deadline 21/01/2016

Job Description

The UK’s national synchrotron science facility, Diamond Light Source, conducts world-class research in virtually all fields of science. Located 20 minutes from Oxford, it sits in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers rewarding career opportunities.

Diamond’s accelerators contain over 1200 magnet power supplies of various types including DC, cycling and pulsed systems. High stability, reproducibility and reliability are essential for these systems which are critical to the operation of the facility. Diamond is now seeking staff to work in the Power Supply Group at various possible grades. 

The key duties and requirements are as follows:

As a member of the Power Supply Group you will have responsibility for aspects of the operation, maintenance and future development of Diamond’s magnet power supplies.

You should have experience of a range of power supply technologies and their control interfaces, including power supply design, reliability issues, fault-finding, EMC issues etc. You will be conversant with safe electrical working practices. More senior roles require line management experience, as well as experience of project and contract management. For junior roles you will require experience of electrical/electronic system maintenance, including stock control of spares, procuring parts, electronic fault finding and repair, calibration of test equipment, supervision of electrical installation work, assembly of circuit boards and prototype wiring.

In these roles you will manage power supply projects that are required to meet the evolving requirements of the accelerators. This will involve you in the design, modification and development of power supplies and/or managing design and manufacture contracts with industry.  You will undertake EMC testing of power supplies and manage safety procedures as part of measurement and fault finding on them. More senior roles require that you play a key role in planning activities and analysing fault statistics to identify power supply enhancements that will improve reliability. They will also include line management responsibilities.

All members of the Power Supply Group will be part of an on-call team that responds to any power supply faults during accelerator operation.

General requirements:

  • All roles require an electrical/electronic engineering degree or equivalent;
  • Effective team worker;
  • Computer literate;
  • Good problem solving skills;
  • Ability to work on own initiative;
  • Work planning and organisational skills;
  • Good communication skills: verbal/written;
  • Flexible approach to the working conditions and environment;
  • Self-motivated;
  • Prepared to learn new skills;
  • Able to get on with people at all levels.
  • Willingness to work outside normal working hours, including occasional evenings, nights and week-ends as operational needs dictate.
  • Willingness to participate in out of hours support for the operation of the power supplies.
  • Willingness to undertake occasional travel within the UK and overseas, to visit laboratories and companies, attend meetings and conferences etc.

Full job description - Head of Power Supplies (Ref: 1014A/NH)
Full person specification - Head of Power Supplies (Ref: 1014A/NH)

Full job description - Senior Power Supplies Engineer (Ref: 1014B/NH)
Full person specification - Senior Power Supplies Engineer (Ref: 1014B/NH)

Full job description - Power Supplies Engineer (Ref: 1014C/NH)
Full person specification - Power Supplies Engineer (Ref: 1014C/NH)

Qualification & Experience - Essential

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

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