Safety Systems Engineer

Location: Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Salary: Competitive
Job type: Full time


Company Background

Tokamak Energy has unlocked a new route to scalable fusion power that is cost-effective and does not require huge infrastructure and capital expenditure. The technology will revolutionise the world’s energy production – it will be possible to produce more energy, more cheaply and with fewer harmful side effects (e.g. with no long-term nuclear waste or carbon emissions). Tokamak Energy aims to accelerate the development of fusion energy by combining two emerging technologies – spherical tokamaks and high-temperature superconductors. The company’s innovation has been featured on Channel 4 news, BBC News Click and Reuters news channel and they received a Technology Pioneer Award at the World Economic Forum on 2016. This is the chance to join a fast-growing high technology company with an agile, dynamic team and to tackle the challenge of a lifetime.


The role

The candidate will be part of the Electrical and Systems Engineering team who are responsible for the design, installation and commissioning of many pulsed power supplies as well as installation and commissioning of the controls, diagnostics and safety systems for the ST40 programme.  This role will be responsible for designing the MIS (machine interlock system).  The candidate will be working with the internal Physicists, Engineers and staff to assess the requirements and external verification companies to validate the operation of IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 standards.



  • HAZOP of ST40 for system examination and machine risk management
  • LOPA analysis
  • Commission and installation of machine safety systems interfacing with ST40 machine control system
  • Internally the candidate will communicate with the Electrical and Systems Engineering Group Manager, other mechanical and electrical engineers working within the Company
  • Externally, the candidate will be responsible for the management of electrical engineering manufacture contracts and will there have to liaise with manufacturers and component suppliers
  • Writing of risk assessments and installation method statements for proposed installations
  • Develop innovative solutions to support contract requirements
  • Safety requirements specifications


Selection criteria

  • Qualified to a higher technical standard in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering
  • Have in depth experience of the Critical Risk Safe Systems of work and other standards and code of practice to enable active development of solutions
  • Understanding of IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 standards
  • Good fault-finding skills
  • Fully conversant with engineering drawings and circuit diagrams
  • Good communication skills


Desirable selection criteria

  • AutoCAD experience
  • A member of a relevant engineering-chartered institute at a minimum of Incorporated Engineer
  • IOSH managing safety qualification or equivalent
  • Knowledge, understanding and application of BS7671 and electricity safety
  • Experience in PLC and communication interfacing
  • The post will involve occasional travel within the UK
  • Previous experience within a scientific facility or similar



  • 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


How to apply

Please submit your CV with a covering letter detailing your experience to

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:


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.

Current vacancies

Plasma Control Engineer/Physicist

+ Learn more

Quality Manager

+ Learn more

Procurement Officer – In-directs and Supplier Performance

+ Learn more

Procurement Assistant

+ Learn more

Tokamak Systems Integration Engineer

+ Learn more

Radiation Shielding Engineer

+ Learn more

Senior Radiation Systems Engineer

+ Learn more

Manufacturing Engineer

+ Learn more

HTS Magnet Physicist

+ Learn more

Plasma Diagnostician

+ Learn more

Development Engineer

+ Learn more

Controls Manager

+ Learn more

Programme Manager

+ Learn more

Divertor Physicist

+ Learn more

Talent Pool

+ Learn more

Senior Electrical Technician

+ Learn more

Mechanical Engineer

+ Learn more

Instrumentation Technician

+ Learn more