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Location: Culham, United Kingdom, South East England

Diagnostic Technician

Culham, United Kingdom, South East England

Job Description

Are you a time served lab technician with proven experience in operating, maintaining and repairing scientific instruments?

Do you have experience of working with vacuum systems, cryogenics or laser instruments?

Would you like to join a diverse team working on equipment to drive the future of zero carbon power generation?

This is an opportunity to join one of the world's leading Fusion Research facilities. With considerable investment from government into fusion energy research, it is an exciting time to join the business.

UKAEA is the home to JET (the Joint European Torus) and MAST-U (Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak - Upgrade). As a Diagnostic Technician you'll provide expert technical support to diagnostics and staff in the JET Electron Kinetics group. Principal responsibilities lie in supporting a suite of microwave and laser diagnostic systems.

In this role you'll be responsible for:

• Monitor, service and repair cryogenic, vacuum, cooling, optical (laser) and electrical hardware
• Support the management and documentation of hardware tasks:
o Support planning and help coordinate activities
o Produce risk assessments, work procedures, logs and reports
• Supervise lab areas, ensuring safe working practices
• Purchasing of diagnostic equipment. Ensure required supplies / spares are available
• Tasks require a proactive attitude with a high level of autonomy and the ability to prioritise.
• Work must be delivered in a safe and efficient manner

During JET Operations you'll:
• Ensure that all diagnostics within the group are kept in a good operational state
• Timely diagnosis of faults and repair
• Initiate non-invasive improvements and upgrades
• Shift cover for the JET interferometer (with training)
• Liaise with JET control room personnel where work might affect JET operations

During Shutdown periods
• Undertake and manage shutdown activities such as planned upgrades, preventative maintenance and calibration activities associated with group's diagnostics.
• Manage teams of associated workers from wider support groups.

You'll need:
• HND in mechanical or electrical engineering, instrumentation, or a related discipline (or equivalent)
• Experience in an engineering or similar environment
• An ability to interpret technical drawings
• Knowledge and hands-on experience in at least four of the following areas: lasers and optics, electronics, microwave systems, cryogenics, vacuum systems and pressurised gas.
• Must be able to work effectively as part of a team, but also able to work individually with minimal supervision
• Supervisory experience
• Good computing and interpersonal skills

Please note, the role is only offered on PAYE or Umbrella basis. We are unable to engage with any Limited Company contractors.

All successful applicants must undertake a BPSS clearance (basic security clearance)

We celebrate and support diversity and are committed to ensuring equal opportunities for both employees and applicants.

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