Control Systems Software Engineer

UK Atomic Energy Authority
18 Apr 2019
21 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Control Systems Software Engineer

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Job Title:
Control Systems Software Engineer

Job type:
Permanent Full Time

Culham, Oxfordshire

£33,441 - £50,936 PA (Inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme

Closing date:
15th May 2019

RACE (Remote Applications in Challenging Environments) is a business unit, based at Culham, within the UK Atomic Energy Authority specialising in remote handling and automated systems. As part of the global programme for fusion, RACE is developing remote handling systems for the next generations of power stations. We have a dynamic, and highly motivated team of over 100 engineers, scientists and technicians devoted to building systems that perform tasks in some of the most extreme environments in the world.

We create innovative machines that combine advanced control systems, intricate mechanical designs, state-of-the-art sensing, and extraordinary performance. We also develop sophisticated VR, optimisation, and planning tools to enhance these systems.

We have an exciting opportunity to join RACE as a control systems software engineer, responsible for supporting projects with expertise in mechatronic control systems, producing designs for robotic remote handling systems and working on the design and execution of research projects relating to robotics and autonomy.

Key areas of responsibility will include:
- Software Engineering with Object Oriented programming languages and design patterns
- Writing front and back end applications for use with robotic systems
- Involvement in the implementation of Graphical User Interfaces
- Working with real-time software such as VxWorks, or RT Linux
- Designing control systems for servo-actuator systems
- Supporting other engineers and managers with application issues (e.g user ability, bugs, training requirements, configuration)
- Acting as sole or primary interface to internal and external collaborators on project work or areas of specific expertise
- Acting as the lead engineer contributing to the remote handling operations of JET, the world`s largest magnetically confined fusion experiment

RACE`s work is applied across a diverse range of challenging applications and industries. As a business unit of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, RACE is at the forefront of developing fusion technology to provide a clean and sustainable energy source for future generations. In addition to a competitive salary we offer an outstanding pension, world class benefits and a unique working environment.

If you have excellent technical skills, and love to solve challenging problems in collaboration with like-minded people, then please apply.

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

Knowledge skills and experience

- PhD or Master`s degree in Control Engineering or a related subject
- Proven experience of designing and implementing control systems
-Good interpersonal and communication skills, and a proven ability to function as part of a team
- An excellent working knowledge of English
- Understanding of control theory and mathematical techniques (ideally applicable to manipulator robotics)
- Strong programming capability with C++

- Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
- Understanding of software engineering processes including lifecycle, version control, documentation
- Experience with network-based communications, E.g. TCP, UDP, DDS
- Experience working with mobile robotics
- Experience with computer graphics & VR
- Understanding of sensor fusion techniques
- Experience of Computer Vision
- Professional registration (IET, BCS, InstMC or similar)

Special requirements:
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 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.

- 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.

- Please note this position has been evaluated at both level 4 and 5. The successful candidate`s grade will be determined at interview. Application packs for each are available to view.

Applications are welcome from less experienced candidates seeking career development who fulfil the essential criteria for the role attracting a salary range of £33,441 - £37,579 PA (Level 4 including MPP) or £45,543 - £50,936 PA (Level 5 including MPP). Your Level will be assessed at interview.

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