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Real-time Data Acquisition and Control (Fellowship Scheme UKAEA - PPPL)

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Recruiter: UK Atomic Energy Authority
Listed on: 10th October 2019
Location: Culham
Salary/Rate: £34000 - £37000
Salary Notes: + excellent benefits
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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Real-time Data Acquisition and Control (Fellowship Scheme UKAEA - PPPL)

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Job Title:
Real-time Data Acquisition and Control (Fellowship Scheme UKAEA - PPPL)

Job type:
FTA 2 years FT

Culham, Oxfordshire

£34,000 to £37,000 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme

Closing date:
18th November 2019

Nuclear fusion could give our world a new form of cleaner, almost limitless electricity. The UK`s new fusion experiment MAST Upgrade - operated by UKAEA at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy - will bring fusion closer to the power grid. It will develop technology for the first fusion power stations and take on one of the biggest challenges in fusion research: reactor exhaust systems. It will also explore a promising concept for smaller, cheaper fusion reactors - the spherical tokamak. MAST Upgrade is part of a global research effort, in which the UK is working with partners in the European Union and around the world to achieve fusion power - one of the grand challenges of the 21st century.

MAST Upgrade has an extensive suite of diagnostics which collect data for analysis post-experiment. To enable development of algorithms for controlling processes within the machine divertor (exhaust region), data from a collection of these diagnostics must be streamed into the plasma control systems in real-time. The person working on this project will develop a real-time data network which integrates with PC and FPGA based systems, using and developing hardware, software, and firmware which will also benefit the NSTX-U real-time control system.

This is an opportunity to start from concept through design to delivery working in collaboration with Princeton University as part of the UKAEA-PPPL Fellowship Scheme.

This post is aimed at someone who has recently obtained a PhD in a relevant topic and would like to grow their knowledge and put their skills into practice.

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.

Knowledge skills and experience

- PhD in a relevant field
- Good oral and written communications skills
- An excellent team player with a pro-active work ethos

- Experience with software engineering and/or project management processes and best practises
- Experience working with PCIe interface, ethernet
- Proficiency in programming using VHDL or another hardware description language, preferably using the Xilinx Vivado environment and Aurora protocol

Special requirements:
The Jobholder has the opportunity to spend about 3 month/year visiting the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in the US.

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.

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 be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.
-Please note UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews.
-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.