Power Sources Scientific Engineer Ref. 741

£36,701 - £39,453
This position is available full-time for 37 hours per week Monday to Friday (flexible working patterns will be considered) or part-time at a minimum of 30 hours
There is potential to Work from Home on an ad hoc basis, with overtime possibilities.

Want to work somewhere that you can really make a difference? Enjoy problem solving using your technical skills? Why not apply here?

HMGCC are looking for a talented scientist or engineer to specialise in Power Sources and help drive the research, design and development needed to deliver cutting-edge energy storage technology to protect the UK government’s national security. You’ll work on a mixture of fast paced delivery, longer term pull-through of next generation technologies and the opportunity to work closely with Government, Industry and Academia partners alongside helping to shape a new multi-million-pound Power Sources facility at HMGCC.

At HMGCC we design and develop leading-edge communication systems to support UK interests at home and overseas. You will be part of a multi-skilled team working closely with Development Engineers from across several disciplines, this will include all facets of engineering from concept to delivery.  
You will get involved with Partners in Industry, Academia, and suppliers, from both home and overseas, to develop, understand or obtain the best and latest technology on offer. You will help to develop new and novel techniques to deliver HMGCC’s technology and take the lead in establishing new analytical and fundamental research capabilities.
As part of the team, you will be responsible for the development of power sources systems, from initial gathering of requirements and analysis, through design and verification, to the planning for transfer into service. You will provide technical expertise with the design and testing of products, apply best working practice, focusing on safety and compliance. You will use your skills and experience in your area of expertise to promote Centre of Excellence and uphold the respect throughout our associates. You will enjoy the challenges ahead for horizon scanning with current relationships and identify others to forge new ones too.

More About You

You will already have:

• A strong background in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics, to degree level or equivalent
• Experience working with and knowledge of battery chemistries and their performance characteristics
• Awareness and understanding of other power and energy systems, such as fuel cells, power harvesting or power transfer etc

To strengthen your application, it would be beneficial if you have one or more of the following (but these are not essential):

• An understanding of the fundamentals of electrochemistry
• Experience or awareness in use of battery management electronics, such as safety systems, fuel gauging technology
• Skills in battery test methods and practices
• Experience of battery pack design and charging regimes
• Knowledge of health and Safety issues involved in handing batteries, fuel cells etc.
• Experience in carrying out risk assessments and implementing their fundings

Your Personal Skills

You will be the type of person who:

• Enjoys coming up with creative solutions
• Wants to improve on yesterday – striving to be the best you can
• Isn't afraid of making mistakes, but always learns from them
• Enjoys being part of a team to managing a project with a team of developers
• Can identify and exploit opportunities to further HMGCC’s interests
• Change is a big part of our organisation.  You will be able to adapt with the support of your team and management

Putting your skills to use

Using your diverse range of skills within the power sources centre, you will:

• Provide the customer and delivery areas with power sources consultancy and advice.
• Manage the evaluation of new and alternative battery systems and chemistries.
• Help to develop novel techniques for the design and manufacture of improved energy storage devices
• Lead the establishment of several new analytical capabilities within a purpose-built facility
• Liaise with development labs to ensure all power sources requirements are fit for purpose, safe and compliant.
• Ensure all battery profile tests are appropriate to their intended applications.
• Provide interpretation of all test results with respect to cell chemistry and application.
• Offer advice on Health and Safety issues surrounding power sources technology and promote best practices with respect to the storage, handling, and final use.  

What we Offer

Now that we’ve explained a bit about what you will we be doing, here’s what we can offer you

• 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 after 5 years’ service.
• 8 Bank Holiday days off in addition to your annual leave.
• 2 ½ additional days leave (set dates through the year).
• Paid overtime or time off in lieu.  Your salary is for your contracted hours.  If you work more, we believe you should be rewarded for that.
• Training.  Lots and lots of training.  This can be anything from a ½ day internal course to a distant learning degree.  If it’s relevant to your career, we will aim to support you.
• Pension.  Our Pension scheme is Alpha.  It’s competitive.
• Sports & Social Society.  Whether its classic cars or baking, golf or crafting, we have a society for you.
• On site nursery (subject to availability).
• 3 days paid leave a year to support a registered charity of your choice.
• Free parking
• Free onsite gym, open 24 hours a day
• Affinity Groups – whether you are disabled, LGBTQ and/or from an Ethnic Minority.  We provide an inclusive environment and support for everyone.


We’re HMGCC, Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre. You may not have heard of us before. It’s OK, we’re used to it! That’s because our customers are other UK Government Departments. Using our collective expertise, we develop communication systems for our customers that are innovative, reliable and totally secure to protect national security at home and overseas.

We invest in our people, not only with training but also support throughout your career with us; to allow you to reach your full potential at work, as well as enjoy the work/life balance many aspire to.
To find out more about us and if we’re right for you, please click here.

Equal Opportunities

Inclusion & Diversity really matters to us. It's not just about numbers or visible differences.
HMGCC are committed to providing equal opportunities and encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and those with disabilities or who are neurodiverse.

We’re not looking for any one type of person. We’re looking for talent from all different backgrounds to join our organisation, where we genuinely respect and value each other's differences, as well as our similarities. It makes us even better at what we do.

HMGCC is proud to hold the status of Disability Confident Employer. In line with this, we offer the Disability Confident - Offer of Interview. To find out more and how you can apply under this scheme, please click here.

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Please note dependent on the recruitment requirements, we withhold the right to bring forward the closing date for this role from the original closing date.

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