AGHS Operator

Overview of Responsibilities

Who are we looking for?

The H3AT (Hydrogen-3 Advanced Technology) department is looking for an Active Gas Handling Control Room Operator to join their team of engineers. As part of the role, you will be working closely with the team responsible for the operation, maintenance and upgrade of the Active Gas Handling System (AGHS). Part of your duties will be to recycle tritium and detritiate the exhaust gas from the JET device on continuous operation. Detritiation is also carried out by the team to minimise the impact of tritium on future JET operations, and development projects supporting the European Fusion Programme and the CCFE Technology programme. The AGH group is divided into 4 sections, the two largest being the Gas Processing and Feed (GPF) section and the Gas Recovery and Exhaust (GRE) section.

The part that you will play as a Control Room Operator will be to assist the Plant Operations Duty Officer in monitoring these systems, and responding to associated system alarms by taking appropriate action to mitigate plant problems.

We are looking for someone with good interpersonal skills and relationship-building skills. You will need to be able to work independently and as part of a team, have exceptional attention to detail and must be analytical in your approach. 

To be successful in this role, you will be safety conscious and will possess demonstrable problem-solving skills and previous experience in operating and maintaining analytical equipment is crucial, as is an HNC/BTEC level in a science or engineering discipline.

What will you be responsible for?

  •  Assisting the plant supervisor and the AGHS Control Room Duty Officer with daily routine tasks and duties
  • Monitoring and respond to alarms (e.g. plant, RPI, fire, flammable gas, and oxygen etc)
  • Undertaking pre-operational tasks and daily checks as detailed in Operational Instructions
  • Maintaining stable plant conditions – reporting any irregularities to the Plant Supervisor
  • Post-operational tasks (e.g. ensuring safe access conditions for access to operational areas, radiological and atmosphere surveys, diagnostic shutdown etc)
£27,899 to £29,761 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Type of Employment

Additional Information

What we offer

Our comprehensive benefits package includes a vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive, an Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, Flexible working options including family friendly policies, Emergency paid leave, Generous annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service, wide range of career development opportunities, outstanding defined benefit pension scheme; Corporate bonus scheme and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities and women. The Executive team with support from our ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 15/10/2022 . We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

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