Senior Electrical Engineer Job at Diamond Light Source

Chief Electrical Engineer

Salary: £43,790 to £51,517 per year

Full time, permanent

Ref: 10777

About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron; a huge scientific facility designed to produce very intense beams of X-rays, infrared and ultraviolet light. Our scientists use light to study a wide range of topics, from new drugs and disease treatments to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology.

About the role

At Diamond, we now have the opportunity for a talented Senior Electrical Engineer to join our Installation and Facilities Management (IFM) group. IFM is responsible for all technical aspects of the electrical installation ensuring that it complies with the law, while integrating new projects, buildings and electrical improvements to the existing installation. The IFM is responsible for all the energy on site, from the High Voltage distribution to the Low Voltage network supplying the accelerators, beamlines, laboratories and offices.

The main tasks will include:

  • Acting as a High Voltage Authorized Superior Person; provide technical support for high voltage operation, switching and improvement, including protection rating, resiliency and reliability studies. A technical specialist in electrical systems including; protection, harmonics, inverters, solar PV, electrical noise/EMC and grounding systems. Provide high level technical support including technical reports, fault diagnosis and evaluation surveys, electrical and efficiency improvement proposals. Project management of small to medium scale projects ensuring technical compliance. Management of external consultants, contractors, service engineers and vendors, including “design and build” contracts. Implement safe work systems including permits, risk assessments, method statements and contractor vetting applicable to CDM and non-CDM projects.

The electrical installation includes:

  • 11 kV and 3.3 kV high voltage network, including protection relays. LV switchboards & Protection and metering relays. Critical and essential supplies with UPS and backup diesel generator systems. Grounding and lightning protection systems. Lighting and emergency lighting systems. Fire alarm and voice activation system including smoke extraction fans and curtains. Conservation of energy; Photovoltaic solar systems.

About you

You will have an electrical engineering degree or demonstrate equivalent experience, and be licensed or work towards becoming a licensed engineer.

You will demonstrate experience of:

  • HV and LV electrical systems, including protection classification, harmonics, EMC, electrical noise and associated grounding systems to counter electrical noise. Project management, including working on major engineering projects. HSE and CDM legislation, preparing and reviewing RAMS, operating safe work systems and issuing electrical permits.

You will demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills.


Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to help staff achieve a positive work/life balance. This includes 25 days of annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company leave, as well as flexible working hours and an excellent pension plan. Staff also have access to a range of on-site facilities including a crèche, cafes, restaurant and sports and leisure facilities. A moving allowance may also be available where applicable.

To apply

Please use the online application process to apply and tell us why you think you are suitable for this role.

The closing date for applications is June 12, 2022 with interviews scheduled for the last week of June 2022.