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Functional Safety Engineer

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Excellent opportunity to perform a critical role at a world leading scientific research facility.

Functional Safety Engineer

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire / Home working available

Salary £33,963 – £51,517 dependent upon skills and experience

Full time / Flexible hours considered

Excellent opportunity to perform a critical role at a world leading scientific research facility

About Us

Diamond Light Source is the UK’s national synchrotron; a huge scientific facility which accelerates electrons to near light speeds, to produce a light 10 billion times brighter than the Sun. Our scientists use the light to study a vast range of subject matter, from new medicines and treatments for disease to innovative engineering and cutting-edge technology.           

About the Role

We now have an opportunity for an experienced Functional Safety Engineer to carry out the full life cycle of delivery of a high integrity personnel safety system to protect people from the radiation hazards produced from the Diamond synchrotron. This will be from initial selection of suitable hardware, conceptual design, detailed design, commissioning and acceptance, then ongoing support.

You will also provide creative, innovative and adaptive expert input to the specification and design of new beamline personnel safety systems.

Diamond is planning a major upgrade of the facility, known as Diamond-II, which will generate an even more brilliant light source at a higher energy. This role will play a significant part in contributing to the upgrade.

This opportunity is as either a Personnel Safety Engineer or Senior Personnel Safety Engineer depending on the strength of applicant’s skills, experience and qualifications. Depending upon the appointment level, further responsibilities will include some or all of the following:

  • Investigate replacement Safety system solutions for new Beamlines for Diamond-II;
  • Lead the specification of safety logic to ensure protection from hazards.
  • Apply technical know-how on active safety systems.
  • Manage stakeholders through all stages of the project Safety Systems life cycle.
  • Undertake statistical analysis of the installed Safety System.
  • Project manage work-packages related to Safety System by external suppliers including preparation of tenders and service level agreements.
  • Line management for contractors to support Safety System design, installation, commissioning & periodic testing.
  • Carry out training in understanding and meeting the safety requirements for applications that include Lasers and Robots and selection of suitable safety solutions.

About You

Candidates may be from a personnel/functional safety background, or perhaps a Controls Engineer looking for a change of direction.

You will have experience in the delivery of safety systems for large scale industrial or scientific applications. This should include sound knowledge of EN61508 or related standards.

Hands on experience with Safety PLC's including specifying, software creation and verification would be beneficial.

You will display the ability to read, understand and if necessary, modify engineering drawings, to write and interpret technical specifications, and have a good appreciation of project management and contract supervision principles.

You will be educated to degree level in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or another STEM discipline, or demonstrate equivalent experience.


Diamond offers an exceptional benefits package to support staff in achieving a positive work/life balance. This includes 25 days annual leave plus 13 days of statutory and company holidays, along with flexible working hours and an excellent pension scheme. Staff also have access to a range of amenities on site including a nursery, cafes, a restaurant and sports and leisure facilities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

To Apply

Applicants are required to outline their suitability for this role via the online application process.

The closing date for applications is 07/02/2021, however applications will be reviewed and interviewed on an ongoing basis until this vacancy is filled.


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