[Neutron] Job opportunity for two Remote Handling (RH) Technicians at European Spallation Source ERIC in Sweden

Karin Vandenborre karin.vandenborre at ess.eu
Mon Nov 22 11:55:37 CET 2021

The European Spallation Source, ESS, a partnership of European countries, is hiring motivated and inspired people to plan, design, and construct the world’s most powerful neutron source. We seek ambitious, talented people in different fields who are excited about playing a part in the future of science in Europe.

You will join a dynamic and enthusiastic team of international colleagues. ESS offers a vibrant melting pot of diversity, and a challenging, exciting and high paced work environment. We value and need expertise, innovative minds and great ways of leading and interacting with people from all over the world.

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ESS is now looking for two Remote Handling (RH) Technicians for the Target Operations and Maintenance Group organised within the Technical Directorate. The group is responsible for developing the documentation, processes and plans for the integrated testing, verification and validation of the Target Station systems, in preparation for the commissioning and initial operations focused on the Active Cells Facility (ACF). This role will include the generation of documentation, assembly supervision, operation and maintenance of a wide range of specialist, remote, ‘in-cell’ electromechanical equipment such as:

  *   Telemanipulators – two haptic manipulators (e.g. Wälischmiller Telbot®)
  *   Cranes – two in-cell cranes 8T and 25T capacity
  *   Cutting tools – two large diamond wire saws (Machining Station & Shaft Cutting Station)
  *   Handling equipment – numerous lifting adaptors and receiving fixtures
  *   Inspection devices – most operations will be done via camera or Virtual Reality (VR)
  *   Casks – eight internal transportation casks for radiological components (out-cell)
  *   Welding

This gives ESS the capability to fulfil the RH challenges related to maintenance over the project's lifetime. For the person appointed into this role ESS will provide training and skills development. With the right mindset and experience the appointed candidate will also get the opportunity to take on the team leader role as the group grows over time.

Job description
Your main areas of responsibilities as a Remote Handling (RH) Technician will include, but not be limited to:

  *   Prepare assembly procedures/ risk assessments and method statements, to hold readiness review prior to task and to undertake the assembly, commissioning and rebuild activities.
  *   Be responsible for the ownership, the operation and working environment of numerous specialist RH equipment in the Active Cells Facility (ACF) as well as ensuring the safe operation of that equipment.
  *   Carryout maintenance activities – maintaining complex electromechanical equipment to a high standard of precision and cleanliness.
  *   Support and lead maintenance activities – highlighting any areas of inconsistency ensuring RH equipment is assembled and maintained as originally designed to maximise equipment reliability.
  *   Support new assembly activities – work with engineering and technical staff to highlight any design or manufacturing issues during assembly, offer technical support and solutions to rectify issues.
  *   Responsible for RH equipment maintenance documentation – creation of new and editing of existing technical documentation related to RH equipment, ensure all equipment to be maintained and secure that procedures are up to date.
  *   Support/define general manufacturing/workshop deliverables e.g. high standard of accuracy and finish for tasks such as turning, milling, fitting, fabrication etc.
  *   Work alongside the rigging team to plan maintenance operations for the 100/115T High Bay crane (out cell).

The role will involve working in Radiation controlled areas, all necessary training, equipment; including full-face respirator and registration for this will be provided by ESS. As part of this role ESS will provide the intend candidate the opportunity to participate and get training for a number of months in collaboration with the JET (Joint European Torus) including regular onsite visits at the world class facility ran by our collaborator RACE (Remote Application in Challenging Environments), UKAEA (UK Atomic Energy Authority), Culham Science Centre, UK.

To be a successful candidate you should be a SQEP'd (Suitably Qualified and Experienced Person) for the position, including the following required experiences and skills:

  *   A Senior Technician or equivalent with
  *   At least 5 years’ experience working as a technician in an engineering environment.
  *   Experienced in managing tasks in an industrial environment with formal work control.
  *   Qualified and experienced in the safe operation of conventional workshop machine tools.
  *   Experienced with and working to European and International Engineering and Nuclear Specific Codes & Standards, Lifting and Lifting Operations Codes of Practice, The Machinery Directive, etc.
  *   Have a proven capability of working from detailed drawings and schematics.
  *   Experienced in test phases or ‘putting equipment to work’.
  *   Experience with Microsoft Office Suite including MS Excel and MS Word.
  *   Experience in generation of formal maintenance documentation
  *   Ability to co-operate and work as a part of a multinational team.
  *   Excellent oral and written English skills are a prerequisite and the ability to communicate in Swedish would be beneficial.

Beneficial experience includes:

  *   Operation of RH equipment, however, special training shall be provided.
  *   Manipulation of Virtual Reality models (e.g. VR4Robots, RHOVR or ROS2) would be beneficial however training will be provided.
  *   Operating wire saw/bandsaw/CNC programs
  *   Working in a remote or nuclear environment
  *   Troubleshooting control (e.g. PLC) logic

We truly believe that you have an interest in developing new skills and sharing your knowledge with others as we accept that once the candidate has been fully trained on the relevant equipment, then train other technicians as the team continues to grow. We also believe that you have the ability to multi-task and to work to deadlines as well as adapting to new challenges and the willingness to develop novel solutions both as part of a team and as a sole contributor.

Duration & Location
The position is permanent with six months initial probationary period

Your work place will be situated in Lund, Sweden.

Start date
The position is to be filled as soon as possible.

Application & Contact
Please provide your curriculum vitae in English by clicking on “apply” and follow the instructions.

Please note that we only accept applications via the ESS website.

For some roles at ESS health check-ups and security clearance are required, and thus this might be applicable in the final stages of the recruitment process. The applicant is expected to be fit to perform the applicable tasks of this recruitment.

The deadline for applications is 12 December, 2021.

For more information regarding the ESS recruitment process, please follow this link:


For further information regarding the position, please contact the Recruiting Manager, Rikard Linander, Head of Target Division, rikard.linander at ess.eu

For further information regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR Officer, Karin Vandenborre, karin.vandenborre at ess.eu.

For trade union information please contact Unionen / Conny Wendt at +46 72 179 24 63 or SACO / Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers/ Johan Waldeck at +46 72 179 21 65.

We look forward to receiving your application!



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