High Power RF Engineer

Location: Milton Park, Abingdon
Salary: Competitive
Job type: Permanent

The role

The 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 will:

  • prepare integration of the Electron Cyclotron Heating (ECH) & Current Drive (CD) system into the existing building and ST40 infrastructure;
  • develop interface details of ECH equipment in collaboration with Machine and Plasma Control Officers;
  • prepare and check the installation and commissioning plan of ECH subsystems;
  • develop technical specifications for contracts of R&D or installation work;
  • support ECH component development, in aspects related to mechanical engineering, installation, commissioning, maintenance and safety.

Responsibilities

This position will be responsible for coordinating the engineering activities involved with the commissioning, troubleshooting, maintenance and operation of the overall RF system, comprising the following subsystems:

    • High-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 controls;
    • Control systems and interface with the ST40 timing and PCS systems, and associated (hardware) safety interlocks;
    • Transmission line system including DC breaks, RF switches and dummy loads;
    • RF diagnostics, arc detection, and data acquisition systems, which all must be tested and calibrated;
    • Connections to RF antennas mounted in ST40, including associated vacuum windows and optical arc protection systems;
    • Work with control, instrumentation, vacuum, HV and other staff engineers to optimize system performance and respond to on-going requests from research staff;
    • Participate in vacuum conditioning and routine operation of the RF system.
  • Prepare specifications of R&D contracts to support design development.
  • Participate in relevant ECH procurement arrangements and communicate developments in ECH design integration.
  • Formulate installation sequences, perform clash analysis and actively contribute to the ECH construction process.
  • Prepare specifications of installation contracts for ECH equipment.
  • Troubleshoot, repair and maintain microwave components and systems.
  • Work with scientists, engineers, and technicians to develop requirements for the microwave launcher systems and transmission line components.
  • Responsible for resource planning, scheduling & budgeting for operations, maintenance, refurbishments & upgrades of responsible systems.
  • Responsible for personnel safety of their own working group as well as others having contact with their equipment.
  • Flexibility in work hours is necessary to cover extended operation days and when emergency repairs are needed to recover from a system failure.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Essential selection criteria

  • Typically required a 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. The required education degree may be substituted by extensive professional experience involving similar work responsibilities and/or additional training certificates in relevant domains.
  • Demonstrate 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 leadership.
  • Must have; (1) a complete understanding of high-power microwave technology, (2) principles and practices in millimetre wave generation, transmission and detection (3) experience demonstrating a broad application of those concepts, practices and principles.
  • Must possess the ability to; (1) understand new concepts quickly; (2) apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment; (3) organize, schedule, and coordinate work phases; and, (4) determine the appropriate approach at the task level or, with assistance, at the project level to provide solutions to a range of complex problems.
  • Experience with ZEMAX, Quickwave, HFSS or other similar software is a bonus.
  • Experience with LabView, Solidworks desirable. Working knowledge of MS Office Suite.
  • Strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required enabling an effective interface with other departments and/or professionals, and capable of representing the organization as a prime technical contact, as well as providing leadership and guidance to less experienced professionals.
  • Must be able to work both independently and in a team environment. Able to work extended hours as required. Original work(s) published in professional engineering journals and invited to present one or more original works to an engineering symposium are desirable.
  • Experience with High power (100kW-1MW) Gyrotron operations and associated support systems is highly desirable.

Benefits

  • 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays)
  • Company pension scheme
  • Eligible for company share option scheme after 1 years’ service
  • Company bonus scheme, discretionary, dependant on performance
  • Private medical insurance after 3 months service

Please note: Only candidates with the relevant skills and experience will be contacted regarding this position.  If you do not hear back from us within 10 days of submitting, your application then unfortunately you have been unsuccessful.  However, we may contact you in the future to discuss other opportunities.

No terminology in the advert or job description is intended to discriminate on the grounds of a person’s gender, marital status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation.  Every candidate will be assessed only in accordance with their merits, qualifications and abilities to perform the duties of the job.

How to apply

If you are passionate about accelerating the development of fusion power and want to join our dynamic team, please send your CV with a covering letter detailing your experience to careers@tokamakenergy.co.uk

Important information for candidates

Pre-employment screening

Please note that the appointment of the successful candidate will be subject to standard pre-employment screening, as applicable to the post. This will include right-to-work, proof of identity and references.

Data Privacy

Please note that any personal data submitted to Tokamak Energy as part of the job application process will be processed in accordance with the GDPR and related UK data protection legislation, for more information regarding GDPR please see:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation

Equality of Opportunity

Entry into employment with the Tokamak Energy and progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit and the application of criteria which are related to the duties of each post and the relevant salary structure. In all cases, ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration. No applicant or member of staff shall be discriminated against because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

 


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