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Graduate Electrical Engineer - Magnet Power Supplies

Salary notes: 
Current starting salary of £26,932, plus annual incremental increase, a £1,000 welcome bonus and a £2,000 salary increase after the first year
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Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
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STFC - ISIS - Graduate Electrical Engineer - Magnet Power Supplies - IRC250647

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, technology and Engineering.  

STFC is one of nine 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.

Our graduates join us in a permanent position, starting a real job from day one. Graduates enjoy two years of formal soft skills together with technical training and development, as well as a direct route to professional accreditation. STFC graduates have the opportunity to build on their degree, taking their understanding, knowledge and skills to a new level in a dynamic, creative, collaborative culture.

STFC consists of several distinct departments which each focus on a different specialism within science, technology, innovation and support, yet work together to achieve STFC’s grand ambitions. Different departments may look for graduates with similar skills, so you should consider which role/s are most suitable to you, and apply for up to two of these.

ISIS Neutron and Muon Source is a world-leading centre for research at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford. The suite of neutron and muon instruments give unique insights into the properties of materials on the atomic scale. Producing neutron beams by the spallation method involves a complex engineering infrastructure to accelerate particles to high energies.

The Magnet Power Supplies Group are responsible for the operations and development of all power supplies for the magnets on the ISIS accelerator. The range of equipment includes DC power supplies from 3 kW to over 1 MW, a 10‑cell 90 MW resonant circuit, and pulsed power systems with rise times below 100 ns for 5 kA and 40 kV.

Working at ISIS provides a rare opportunity to contribute to a variety of interesting and complex engineering projects that make a real difference to the progress of UK and international science programmes, whilst gaining valuable professional training and collaborating with some of the industry’s top experts.

Summary of Key Duties & Responsibilities

During the first two years of the Graduate training scheme, the job holder is expected to participate in a series of placements with various Groups within ISIS, and possibly further afield, where they will take on a variety of engineering projects, learn the core skills to become a professional engineer and gain familiarity with the facility and the people who work here. The work will contribute to the operations and future capability of the facility from the very first project.

During the placement period, duties will be varied but may include:

  • Electrical system and electronic circuit design
  • Modelling of magnets and circuits using FEA or simulation software
  • Produce calculations to validate designs
  • Build and run test systems
  • Write software for data acquisition and analysis, control and interlock systems
  • Presentation and documentation of ideas using 2D and 3D CAD
  • Specification writing, tender evaluation and procurement
  • Work with and understand the requirements of projects set by a variety of customers
  • Manage project workload to ensure targets are met
  • Present work both in writing and verbally to a wide range of audiences
  • Support the operations teams in investigation and repair of faults
  • Liaise with staff at all levels and disciplines across STFC.

After the first two years, you will settle in one role and start the route to becoming an expert in their field. Support will be given to assist you to achieve Chartered Engineer status.

Additionally, duties and responsibilities in the Magnet Power Supplies Group:

  • Design and implement upgrades to existing equipment to improve reliability, efficiency and function
  • Research and development of new and future technologies
  • Design, review and test of new electrical and power electronics systems
  • Management of small teams and contractor effort
  • Project management of small and medium sized projects
  • Represent ISIS at national and international meetings, workshops, conference and visits. Liaise with international experts from academia, industry and national laboratories.

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