Higher Electronics Engineer

Higher Electronics Engineer

Off By Sharon Black

Website UK Health Security Agency

Salary & Grade £31,070 – £37,829 per annum, Outer London grade

Chilton, Oxfordshire

Permanent Contract


UKHSA’s Radiation, Chemical and Environment (RCE) Hazards Directorate provides advice, research, and services to protect the public from exposure to chemicals and poisons, ionising and non-ionising radiation, and other environmental hazards.

You will be an instrumental part of the team where you will be designing, constructing, and repairing electronic and electro-mechanical equipment and systems to support research and provision of operational services across RCE. You will be working with an array of interesting equipment to help facilitate protecting the public from such exposure as well as using your experience to conduct continuous improvement across your remit

Location: Chilton, Oxfordshire – will occasionally be expected to work irregular hours. There will also be a requirement to travel within the UK and occasionally overseas.

Relocation expenses are not available.


Working Pattern – Full Time, Flexible Working

Responsibilities section:

As an Electronics Engineer, your main responsibilities will include:

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

  • Design and construct electronic and electro-mechanical equipment and systems. This covers digital and analogue design, the use of microcontrollers, control systems and data acquisition.
  • Develop application software
  • Work on safety related control systems (safety interlocking) for radiological and machinery safety.
  • Commission and test equipment.
  • Carry out modification of existing equipment.
  • Provide fault diagnosis and maintenance of electronic and electromechanical equipment and systems.
  • Provide advice to scientific staff on the purchase and use of electronic equipment.

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The Job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary.

Essential Criteria:

We are looking for an exceptional Electronics Engineer

It is important through your CV and Statement of Suitability of 1500 words that you give evidence and examples of proven experience of each of the following criteria:


  • Qualification to Degree level in electronic engineering or equivalent experience.
  • Electronics and electro-mechanical design, development and support.
  • Practical experience in electrical and electronic construction techniques.
  • Knowledge and understanding of mechanical engineering techniques.
  • Practical experience in using electronic test equipment such as oscilloscopes, logic analysers and signal generators
  • CAD design



  • Understanding of radiological protection principles
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications
  • Good oral and written communication
  • Training/experience in emergency response.

Working for the UKHSA

For more information on the UKHSA please visit: UK Health Security Agency – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
  • Range of health and wellbeing support

Any move to UKHSA from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at Childcare Choices | 30 Hours Free Childcare, Tax-Free Childcare and More | Help with Costs | GOV.UK

Selection process details


You will be required to complete an application form. This will be assessed in line with the advertised essential criteria – please do provide evidence of how you meet this.

If you are successful at this stage, you will progress to an interview.


This competition will involve a face to face interview.

As part of the process, candidates will be invited to interview which will involve an in-depth discussion of your previous experience and professional competence in relation to the criteria set out in the Person Specification.

Your Statement of Suitability should outline your skills, experience, and achievements, providing evidence of your suitability for the role, with reference to the essential criteria (outlined in the person specification section).

You will also be asked to provide information within the ‘Employer/ Activity history’ section of the application form. This is equivalent to the information you would provide on a CV, setting out your career history.

For further information on the selection process, please refer to the attached Candidate Pack.

Expected Timeline:

Advert close: 23:55hrs on 9th October 2023 – unfortunately, late applications will not be considered. Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Interviews: TBC

Please note these dates could be subject to change.

Eligibility Criteria

Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants)

Nationality requirements

Appointments to roles within UKHSA will be made in accordance with the Civil Service nationality rules. These can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nationality-rules This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • Nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • Nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • Nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • Relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • Relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • Certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. Read more about prison leaver recruitment.

Security clearance level requirement

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.  Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is Basic Personnel Security Standard.  People working with government assets must complete Basic Personnel Security Standard checks.

For posts on UKHSA Civil Service terms and conditions, new entrants to the Civil Service are expected to start on the minimum of the pay band. For existing Civil Servants and roles advertised across government, the rules of transfer apply, i.e., level transfers move on current salary or the pay range minimum, transfers on promotion move to new pay range minimum or receive a 10% increase. Either case is determined by whichever is the highest.

Please Note

This role is to be appointed under Civil Service Terms & Conditions. Full details on the T&C’s are found https://www.ukhsa.reed.com/

Are you already a civil servant, or employed by a Civil Service Commission accredited public body? Please state home department on your application form.

Do you meet the nationality requirements for this post? https://www.ukhsa.reed.com/

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