Group Leader - Electrical Engineering

Science and Technology Facilities Council
Closing date
26 Sep 2020

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Group Leader - Electrical Engineering

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire

£49,708 - £58,231 (dependent on skills and experience and inclusive of annual role-based allowance)

Full time / Permanent

About Us

The Science & Technology Facilities Council is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is an entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

The Central Laser Facility (CLF) is based on the RAL site at Chilton and specialises in developing and operating large scale, laser driven particle accelerators and laser microscopy.

About the role

We are recruiting an Electrical Engineering Group Leader to lead the electrical teams involved in delivering our large projects like EPAC (Extreme Photonics Applications Centre) and supporting the scientific programme. This is an exciting and diverse role in a dynamic and exciting environment managing wide teams covering design, implementation maintenance and decommissioning. Many systems are bespoke to meet the specific need of the facility and experiments.

It is expected that the successful candidate will have a wide range of experience managing teams with technical experience in some of the following fields:
  • Pulse power systems at 22KV DC.
  • PLC control systems and logic.
  • Motion control systems and hardware.
  • Complex personnel and machine safety systems.
  • Safety with an IOSH or NEBOSH qualification.
  • Software development using modern languages like C# on both Microsoft and Linux platforms.

The Electrical Engineering Group Leader is responsible for the technical and strategic leadership, the development and management of the group and the oversight and prioritisation of the day to day operations of the 30 strong team.

This key role is significant to the future of the CLF by:
  • Leading the Electrical Engineering Group for the operational delivery of the facilities and the experimental programme to ensure world-class science is carried out safely and effectively.
  • Leading the Electrical Engineering Group on development of these facilities or new facilities to maintain the CLF's status as a world leading provider of such facilities.
  • Providing software controls, motion, vacuum and gas controls, personnel interlock systems and electrical technical input to the strategic development of CLF facilities and capabilities to maintain the CLF's status as a world leading provider of such facilities.
  • Supporting and overseeing the Electrical Engineering Group input to the work CLF does for external or commercial clients.

About you

You will have a diverse electrical and control engineering background, a first degree in an engineering discipline relevant to the work of the group or have equivalent experience/knowledge. You will need to have experience of managing electrical engineering teams and projects within complex large-scale scientific facilities.

The successful candidate will also have experience of motivating and developing staff, the ability to multitask and work under pressure to tight deadlines and be able to make timely decisions where urgent/critical decisions need to be taken.

What we offer

STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days' annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies, a subsidised restaurant and good public transport links.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 27th September 2020.
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