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High Power RF Engineer

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Recruiter: BluetownOnline Ltd
Listed on: 17th January
Location: Abingdon
Salary/Rate: £40000 - £60000
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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Job Title: High Power RF EngineerLocation: Milton Park, Abingdon (OX14)Salary: Competitive, depending on experienceThe RoleThe ECRH system main goal is to provide plasma heating in the range of electron cyclotron frequencies (80 - 170 GHz). This system is composed of high voltage power supplies, radio-frequency power sources - Gyrotrons, transmission lines and matching systems, high power antennas and plant control system. This position is for an experienced RF engineer to join the EC & RF Heating and CD team to coordinate the commissioning, operation, and future upgrades of new cutting-edge RF heating systems (currently in design and fabrication) in support of the ST40 program. The role willprepare integration of the Electron Cyclotron Heating (ECH) & Current Drive (CD) system into the existing building and ST40 infrastructuredevelop interface details of ECH equipment in collaboration with Machine and Plasma Control Officersprepare and check the installation and commissioning plan of ECH subsystemsdevelop technical specifications for contracts of R&D or installation worksupport ECH component development, in aspects related to mechanical engineering, installation, commissioning, maintenance and safetyDuties will includeHigh-voltage power supply with its controls/interlocks and connections to the site prime power;Gyrotron and its support systems: power supply connections, water and oil cooling, cryo-magnet and corresponding controlsControl systems and interface with the ST40 timing and PCS systems, and associated (hardware) safety interlocksTransmission line system including DC breaks, RF switches and dummy loadsRF diagnostics, arc detection, and data acquisition systems, which all must be tested and calibratedConnections to RF antennas mounted in ST40, including associated vacuum windows and optical arc protection systemsWork with control, instrumentation, vacuum, HV and other staff engineers to optimize system performance and respond to on-going requests from research staffParticipate in vacuum conditioning and routine operation of the RF systemPrepare specifications of R&D contracts to support design developmentParticipate in relevant ECH procurement arrangements and communicate developments in ECH design integrationFormulate installation sequences, perform clash analysis and actively contribute to the ECH construction processPrepare specifications of installation contracts for ECH equipmentTroubleshoot, repair and maintain microwave components and systemsWork with scientists, engineers, and technicians to develop requirements for the microwave launcher systems and transmission line componentsResponsible for resource planning, scheduling & budgeting for operations, maintenance, refurbishments & upgrades of responsible systemsResponsible for personnel safety of their own working group as well as others having contact with their equipmentFlexibility in work hours is necessary to cover extended operation days and when emergency repairs are needed to recover from a system failureEssential Selection CriteriaA Bachelor's, Master's degree or PhD in Engineering or other relevant discipline. At least 5 years' experience in mechanical design, engineering, integration and manufacturing of large complex system. Extensive professional experience and/or additional training certificates in relevant areas will be consideredDemonstrate an extensive technical expertise and application of engineering principles, concepts, theory, and practice with the ability to organize, plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate workloads to meet established deadlines or milestones with some experience in project leadershipMust have a complete understanding of high-power microwave technology; principles and practices in millimetre wave generation, transmission and detection; experience demonstrating a broad application of those concepts, practices and principlesMust possess the ability to; understand new concepts quickly; apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment; organize, schedule, and coordinate work phases; determine the appropriate approach at the task level or, with assistance, at the project level to provide solutions to a range of complex problemsExperience with ZEMAX, Quickwave, HFSS or other similar software is a bonusExperience with LabView, Solidworks desirableStrong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required and must be capable of representing the organization as a prime technical contact, as well as providing leadership and guidance to less experienced professionalsExperience with High power (100kW-1MW) Gyrotron operations and associated support systems is highly desirableBenefits25 Days Holiday (plus bank holidays)Company Pension scheme: Company contribution of 5% of salary after 3 months' serviceEligible for company share option scheme after one years' serviceCompany bonus scheme, discretionary, dependent on performancePrivate medical insurance after 3 months' servicePlease click the APPLY button to send your CV and Cover Letter for the roleCandidates with the experience or relevant job titles of; RF Engineer, Microwave Engineer, High Voltage Engineer, Engineering Graduate, RF Project Manager, Radio-Frequency Engineer may also be considered for this role