Head of Electrical Engineering

Tokamak Energy

To apply for this job please visit www.tokamakenergy.co.uk.

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

Overview of the role

As the Head of Electrical Engineering, you will be responsible for the specification, installation and operation of all major electrical systems at Tokamak Energy. The Electrical Engineering team supports and works closely with all other departments including Mechanical, Controls, Diagnostics, Instrumentation, HTS Magnets and Physics to deliver and operate equipment for our experimental spherical tokamak ST40 and other devices and rigs.  You will lead and manage a large team of highly skilled individuals and will be responsible for ensuring they work effectively and are nurtured and supported to achieve high performance.

Main duties/role and responsibilities

  • Manage the Electrical Engineering team covering technical leadership, resource allocation, workflow and safe working supervision, skills development & training and continuous improvement in the following key system areas:
    • HV & LV power supply
    • Electrical engineering services & infrastructure
    • Fibre infrastructure & SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition)
    • Functional Safety and functional safety systems
  • Foster effective collaboration with all internal teams to ensure robust and complete electrical system requirements are defined
  • Collaborate with external suppliers to ensure delivery against existing contracts and develop new suppliers that can support the strategic plan
  • Define and implement engineering policies, standards and processes for electrical engineering at Tokamak Energy that are agile, robust and in line with quality and H&S regulatory requirements.
  • Collaborate with the Programme Management team and external suppliers to define an integrated activity plan and supporting resource allocation that delivers to the programme milestones.
  • Ensure effective progress tracking and reporting for all electrical power systems including maintaining risks and issues logs and associated action plans
  • Support ST40 plasma operations by training and allocating staff to the operations roster and owning the process and H&S requirements of the Engineer-in-Charge role.
  • Define future technology strategy for Tokamak Electrical Power Systems and develop technology development plans to achieve future Tokamak requirements (ST40 and beyond)
  • Define and manage budgets for the Electrical Engineering team

Hazard-specific / Safety-critical duties

This job includes the following hazards or safety-critical activities which will require successful pre-employment health screening through our occupational health service before the successful candidate will be allowed to start work:

  • Driving on Company business
  • Working with ionising radiation
  • Working with electricity (LV & HV)
  • Working with or in the vicinity of equipment that produces high magnetic fields
  • Travel outside of Europe or North America on company business

Experience required

  • Expected training & accreditations: Electrical Engineering degree or equivalent, IOSH, BS7671 18th edition, BS EN 61508 or BS EN 61511
  • Desirable training/accreditation: PLECS or similar Circuit simulation training, AutoCAD Electrical and or Solid Edge or similar 2D and 3D design systems
  • Knowledge and experience in:
    • designing, installing and operating electrical power systems for power supplies
    • power supply topologies and switching semiconductor types
    • high voltage and low voltage system understanding and basic design requirements
    • pulsed power applications
    • diagnosing problems from circuit diagrams and supporting engineers in circuit analysis
    • electrical safety systems, stored energy safety, personnel safety systems and safety PLCs
    • building electrical infrastructure planning
    • SCADA systems and Modbus communications
    • backup generators
    • earthing systems
    • fibre optic management and system integration
  • Relevant technical experience from working on or around a similarly complex technical device as ST40 that enables the specific technical, operational, and H&S considerations to be quickly learned and then developed with innovation and creativity
  • Experience of working in an environment with multiple hazards and using the right behaviours, tools and processes (e.g. hazard analysis, risk assessments) to lead the team in effectively managing and controlling the risks
  • Experience of managing a team of skilled and technically capable individuals and a proven track record of building strong teams that harness the collective strengths and skills to work as one
  • Strong people skills and a team player who demonstrates empathy and is open to receiving and giving positive challenge
  • Adaptable and resilient, with the ability to deal with ambiguity and strong drive and energy to deliver results


  • 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

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 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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