Plasma Diagnostics Head of Spectroscopy (TOK183)

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

Overview of the role

The role is the management of a small team of spectroscopy diagnosticians. To be responsible for the design and operation of all spectroscopy based plasma diagnostic systems (near-IR, visible, UV, VUV< X-ray).  The candidate will assure that the spectroscopy design is completed to meet the functional, safety and quality requirements as specified by the project.

In this role, you will:

  • Ensure the needs of all spectroscopic diagnostics are maintained and upgraded as required for the tokamak operational campaigns.
  • Support and enable members of the spectroscopy diagnostics team to carry out their work effectively and efficiently.
  • Look after the development needs of members of the spectroscopy team.
  • Manage the contracts and resources allocated to spectroscopic diagnostics.
  • Coordinate the design and interfaces to data acquisition and other systems.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Head of Diagnostic Engineering through the design phase, leading jointly to procurement and installation.
  • May be requested to be part of any of the project’s teams dealing with any of the activities above and perform other duties upon management requests.
  • Interacts regularly with others in the Diagnostics areas.
  • Acts as primary point of contact for plasma spectroscopy.
  • Take responsibility for regular calibration and updates of the calibration data for other systems such as data acquisition and plasma control systems.
  • Perform analysis of the experimental data delivered by diagnostics.

Hazard-specific / Safety-critical duties

This job may include the following hazards or safety-critical activities:

  • Working at height (ladders)
  • Driving on Company business
  • Working with ionising radiation (Occasional use of calibration sources)
  • Occasional manual handling
  • Working in the vicinity of equipment that produces high magnetic fields
  • Working with materials that are managed under the control of substances hazardous to health regulations (COSHH)

Requirements and attributes we value:

  • At least a masters/PhD degree in Physics
  • Knowledge of spectroscopy is essential
  • Excellent understanding of complex optical systems
  • Ability to lead and motivate others
  • Experience in design and development in experimental physics
  • Experience in maintenance and calibration of spectroscopy instrumentation
  • Experience in analysis of plasma diagnostics data
  • Ability to work on own initiative or in a team and multi-cultural environment
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Programming in MatLab, Python or similar
  • Experience in electronics design would be advantageous
  • Experience in high power experimental systems would be advantageous
  • Experience in fusion related technologies such as Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) would be advantageous
  • Good communication skills
  • MS office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Benefits available to you:

  • 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
  • Cycle to work scheme

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 bond@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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