Instrument (Sensor) Design Engineer

Location: Derby, Derby or Warrington, Warrington

Organisation: Engineering

Department: Development Engineering, Integration Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Plant Engineering

Required Security Clearance: BPSS

Job: Instrument (Sensor) Design Engineer

Location: Derby or Warrington (with remote working options)

Salary: Competitive Salary + Package + Bonus

Duration: Permanent

The Company

Rolls-Royce SMR is a start-up joint special purpose vehicle (SPV) business, specifically created to design, construct and deliver a new fleet of Small Modular Reactors power plants that will be a critical and strategic player in the race to Net Zero carbon emissions globally.  Spun out of Rolls-Royce with its pedigree in engineering excellence but also attracting world class inward investment this is an exciting new business with an optimistic opportunity to be a global player in the coming years.

The Position

An Instrument Design Engineer working in an innovative and diverse Reactor Island C&I Function. The Instrument Design Engineer will join a team providing sensors and field instrumentation solutions for the RR SMR Nuclear Power Plant. The job will involve the specification and selection of nuclear qualified sensors, including smart sensors.

Key Responsibilities

  • Working with Process Engineers to translate high level requirements into a specification for Sensors and field instruments.
  • Assess and substantiate that the design specification meets the requirements, including smart sensors.
  • Ensuring the qualification of smart sensors against EMPHASIS or IEC 61508
  • Write Validation Plans and define test vehicles to demonstrate that the sensor and field instruments requirements have been satisfied.
  • Liaises with other disciplines to understand functional performance capabilities of components of the system to facilitate effective component design.
  • Support to planning and implementation of policies and procedures to related to the life cycle of sensors and field instruments.
  • Ensure that optimum solutions are provided for the RR SMR Nuclear Power Plant by supporting the procurement, production, and maintenance aspects of the equipment.
  • Contribute to the production of safety cases and provide support in liaising with regulators and independent nuclear safety assessors.


  • A Degree qualification in one or more of the engineering disciplines of electrical, electronics, instrumentation, controls, mechanical and physics. Additionally, applicants without a degree who can nevertheless demonstrate suitable experience may also be considered.
  • Knowledge of the nuclear or other high integrity industries is beneficial.
  • Knowledge and experience of complex safety critical systems or industrial process plants is beneficial.
  • Knowledge of Functional Safety standards such as IEC 61508 and 61513 is beneficial.       

We aim to respond to suitable candidates within 5 working days. If you have not heard from us within this time, please feel free to contact us to receive feedback on your application.

To apply please send your CV to Kris Charnock at Morson or contact the Morson office for more information.