Real Time Software Engineer
UK Atomic Energy Authority
£45543 - £50936
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Real Time Software Engineer
Job Ref: 4282
Job Title: Real Time Software Engineer
Job type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Culham, Oxfordshire
Salary: £45,543 - £50,936 (Inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
Closing date: 1st March 2020
The Joint European Torus (JET) is about to enter one of the most exciting periods in its history. Later in the year scientists will carry out a set of Deuterium-Tritium (DT) experiments that will set the bar for fusion power produced steadily for 5 seconds. This is an important milestone in the understanding of plasmas for fusion energy production, a clean and sustainable energy source.
The UK Atomic Energy Authority are looking for a Real Time Software Engineer to join the JET Plasma Operations Group within the Tokamak Science department. The team consists of circa 11 employees who are responsible for the systems controlling key plasma properties such as shape, pressure and density by acting on some 500 MVA of electric power in the JET magnets and ~50 MW of plasma heating power whilst protecting the plasma-facing components from high power loads.
The successful candidate will look after all aspects of operation, maintenance and future upgrades of two of the most essential digital systems for JET, controlling the plasma position and shape on timescales as short as 50s.
If you have a degree and experience in software engineering, or equivalent, experience in developing real-time software and you like to work as part of a team who contributes to fusion research every day, then we would like to hear from you!
Key accountabilities/responsibilities include:
- Taking responsibility for the plasma shape control and vertical stabilisation systems, maintaining and managing these and taking the lead in their future development;
- Acting as a system expert, providing support during JET operations and training other members of staff;
- Ensuring availability of the relevant software tools;
- Closely collaborate with, interact and influence other groups in the organisation on commissioning, developments, interfaces and fault-finding activities.
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.
Knowledge skills and experience
- An honours degree or equivalent in physics or software engineering or control engineering.
- Knowledge and experience of design, implementation and verification of complex real-time software applications, preferably with C++.
- Good communication and influencing skills.
- Good understanding of electromagnetism, electric circuits and inductively coupled circuits.
- Knowledge of control theory and/or experience in developing control systems.
- Knowledge and experience of real-time hardware and data acquisition with VME and/or ATCA based modules, embedded processors and real-time communications such as Ethernet or ATM.
- Knowledge and experience of real-time operating systems and application frameworks.
- Knowledge and experience of programming languages (in addition to C++): IDL, Python or Matlab.
- Occasional shift worker as a system expert and plasma operations support during commissioning.
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.
- Interviews will be carried out during the first two weeks of March.
- As part of the selection process you may be expected to complete a personality profile either online or onsite.
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 discuss with the hiring manager or HR if you have any concerns.