Group Leader – Electronic Systems

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A new Group Leader is required to play an important role in the realisation of the future vision of our world-leading scientific facility.

The development of synchrotron technology proceeds at a blistering, relentless pace and requires cutting edge and exceptionally resilient technical solutions to facilitate its critical work. With ever increasing needs, including new controls systems, precision motion and, interlocking and protection, it is essential that we enhance our solutions to fully support both current and future needs. To help drive our vision a dedicated Electronics Systems Group is being established that will take ownership of our current solutions as well as developing new solutions and provide strategic advice across Diamond.

You will be joining our successful management team, to build and direct focused teams covering three areas:

  • Precision Motion Control Systems. Responsible for a large number of state-of-the-art precision motor drive systems, which are used to control the position of mechanical and optical components on photon beamlines and experiment stations.
  • Equipment Protection Systems. Responsible for interlocking and protection systems to ensure the correct operation of the facility, together with bespoke control systems based on PLC technology.
  • Personnel Safety Systems. Responsible for high integrity safety systems, to protect people from prompt radiation hazards.

In doing so you will be responsible for a team of 15 -20 staff, and will manage the implementation and support a variety of advanced and bespoke solutions using the latest techniques. This role will see you carrying out aspects of staff management, project management, and giving leadership to meet overall business objectives. In the wider sense, you’ll work with Engineers and Scientists in order to establish performance requirements and support the operation of the facility. You will be educated to degree level in electrical/electronic engineering and should have extensive experience with one or more of: electronics development, programmable logic controllers, motion technology or safety systems. You should be familiar with full product life cycle for electrical/electronic systems and safety systems.  Knowledge of standards for active safety system design and management is desirable.

You’ll be naturally self-motivated, with a hands-on approach to problem-solving; while being able to develop and follow written procedures in order to comply with operational requirements.  Teamwork is key, so you’ll also bring a proven ability to instruct and supervise others – including contractors.

Business Area: Technical/Engineering
Division: Life Science
Salary range (Full Time): £54,017 to £63,550 per annum (Discretionary range to £73,083)
Closing Date: 29/11/2018
Ref No: 10048

Other information

Where appropriate for the role, we will consider flexible working arrangements and secondment opportunities (e.g. for fixed-term contract positions).

Diamond are members of the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion and we have achieved the Athena SWAN Bronze award and Disability Confident Level One. Women are underrepresented and so we particularly welcome applications from suitably qualified women.  If you are disabled and would like to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme, please let us know via the online application process.

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