Support Electrical Technician / Electrical Beamline Technician

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Job Title Support Electrical Technician / Electrical Beamline Technician
Job Reference 0003/2016/th
Post Type Full time / Permanent
Division Physical Science
Salary information Circa £21k for the Support Technician and Circa £27k for Beamline Technician + benefits
Application deadline 17/01/2016

Job Description

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. Located at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, we enable world-leading research across a wide range of scientific disciplines and industrial applications.

We require a experienced electrical technicians to work on a number of X-ray beamlines. You will be required to maintain the equipment and work with the beamline scientists, technicians and engineers in installing new components, helping beamline users in preparing and setting up their experiments.

You will provide support during the installation and commissioning phase, and subsequent operations. Duties will focus on the development of the facilities and assistance with the day-to-day operation.

The role will include working on all electrical aspects of the beamline including racks and field equipment. This could be experimental chambers that provide high/ low temperature and or high/low pressure or high magnetic field environments for sample testing or robotic/automated sample handling equipment.  It will also include installation of motors and electrical sensors for items such as vacuum, pneumatics, water flow and temperature monitoring.

For the Support role the main duties include:

  • To work on the assembly, testing and commissioning of control racks for the Beamlines;
  • Assist with upgrade, installation and maintenance tasks on installed electrical systems;
  • Carry out work according to the Safety and Quality Assurance procedures of DLS;
  • Ensure own work and that of others is effectively controlled by permits as required;
  • Participate in test and equipment inspection work on site;
  • Assist with factory and site acceptance tests of equipment supplied;
  • Update record drawings and databases as tasks require and communicate to design office;
  • Undertake other duties as required to meet the needs of the Division.

For the Technician role the main duties include:

  • Undertaking the testing, fault finding and calibration of the above systems;
  • Safety inspections on electrical systems;
  • Undertaking the testing, fault finding and calibration of modules;
  • Ensuring that all beamline work is carried out safely and using the correct processes such as ATW, PTW; carrying out regular safety inspections;
  • General laboratory work including some electrical cabling, design and build of simple electronic devices;
  • Maintaining and upgrading existing beamline equipment;
  • Assisting in installation and commissioning of further specialist beamline equipment;
  • Assisting users with equipment in preparing and setting-up experiments.


Qualification & Experience - Essential

For the Support role:

  • Using standard electrical tools;
  • Reading electrical assembly drawings;
  • Technical competency in electrical assembly and related testing;
  • Familiar with safe working practices;
  • Minimum experience gained in completing apprenticeship successfully;
  • 5 GCSE s with grades A to C;
  • Computer literate;
  • Relevant technical qualification;
  • Conventional workshop equipment;
  • Self motivated;
  • Effective team worker;
  • Prepared to learn new skills;
  • Good communication skills.

For the Technician role: 

  • ONC or Electrical or Electronic City & Guilds or GNVQ level 2 qualification (applicants with equivalent work experience will also be considered);
  • Relevant work experience in an electrical support role with industrial or scientific control systems;
  • Basic knowledge of electrical and electronic circuit theory and practice;
  • Experience in testing, fault finding and calibration of electrical systems;
  • Good understanding of electrical safety practices for LV & HV low power circuits and devices;
  • Ability to understand and interpret electrical drawings, circuit diagrams and basic mechanical drawings;
  • Ability to carry out a variety of light mechanical and electrical assembly tasks, including soldering, crimping, cable assembly and rack wiring;
  • Ability to use standard electronic measurement instruments including oscilloscopes and multimeters;
  • Ability and initiative to get to the heart of the problem and take it effectively through to completion;
  • Good communication skills, verbal and written;
  • Good IT skills - standard MS Office software;
  • Good planning and organising skills;
  • Effective team player.

Qualification & Experience - Desirable

For the Support role:

  • Electrical Assembly experience;
  • Marking up electrical drawings;
  • Familiar with the use of Quality Assurance Procedures.

 For the Technician role: 

  • Experience with Stepper Motors, Servo drives and encoders;
  • Experience of commissioning and fault finding for motion control systems;
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD for electrical design work;
  • An understanding of PLC operation and programming;
  • An appreciation of the parameters affecting choice and operation of different drives;
  • Familiarity with using quality assurance procedures, work planning and safe systems of work;
  • Knowledge of communication protocols such as RS232/422/485;
  • Knowledge of CDM Regulations;
  • Knowledge of HSE legislation;
  • Knowledge of latest IEE wiring regulations;
  • Knowledge of BS EN 60204-1 Safety of Machinery, Electrical equipment of machines.

Further Information

Candidates must be available to work flexibly during commissioning and later operations when there will be periods of intense activity to meet deadlines.


Applying for employment

For further details on applying for employment at Diamond, please visit our 'Application Form' page.

Appointments will be made depending on the skills and experience of the candidate. Electronic Diamond application forms in MS-Word are preferred. These should be emailed to

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