Research Engineer/Scientist (Tritium)
Are you an experienced research engineer or scientist with a background in chemical engineering, physics, materials science or experimental design?
Are you thrilled by the possibility of realising the generation of electricity from nuclear fusion?
We are looking for a self-motivated and organised person with a responsible attitude to assuring the safe operation of activities. If you are a great team worker, able to interact and stimulate others, but also are capable of working on your own, the UK Atomic Energy Authority have excellent opportunities for research engineers or scientists to join an exciting new venture, H3AT, a brand new £40M Tritium Advance Technology (H3AT) centre at Culham, where together with collaborating organisations, we are developing the fusion fuel cycle for the first demonstration fusion reactor that will supply electricity to the grid.
Key accountabilities/responsibilities include:
- Understanding existing work undertaken to develop a fuel cycle capability for the European DEMO and other fusion reactor designs
- Manage or contribute to packages of work in order to deliver quality reports to sponsors including Eurofusion
- Undertake conceptual studies in one or more of the following fuel cycle arenas:
*Chemical engineering relating to isotope separation and tritium recovery
*Fuel cycle modelling
*Tritium detection and accountancy
- Extension of conceptual and modelling studies to designing and undertaking experiments to ascertain currently unknown parameters relevant to fuel cycle technologies.
- Safely operate experiments according to UKAEA processes
- Represent UKAEA at conferences and workshops
At UKAEA we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. Our Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our Organisation an employer of choice. UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.
The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UK`s MAST-U fusion energy experiment. UKAEA also works with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies currently in Remote Handling and Materials research. Following recent UK funding two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation are being built. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading edge technological excellence, whilst investing in its people.
For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack.
Knowledge skills and experience
- A relevant degree or equivalent level in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical/Process Engineering or Nuclear Engineering; Chartered Engineer or Scientist status or working towards recognition.
- Several years` experience of working in a structured research environment as a scientist or research and development engineer.
- A highly inquisitive personality that is able to question existing scientific models, but who is also able to express themselves clearly through high quality written deliverables, delivered in a timely manner.
- Capable of defining, structuring and delivering small projects.
- Good interpersonal and communication skills, with experience of working in multidisciplinary teams.
- Have a responsible and structured approach to safety, including hazard identification, risk assessments and hazard elimination and mitigation.
- A basic understanding of radiological hazards, as the role will include working in a radioactive materials handling environment.
- Knowledge of the properties of tritium.
- Modelling of process systems at a conceptual level.
- Experience of using modelling packages such as Aspen, Comsol, and open source codes used for finite element analysis.
- The appointee may be required to work in Beryllium and Radiation controlled areas. All necessary training and registration for this will be provided by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority.
- A small amount of foreign travel may be required.
Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance - The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.
- Initial interviews will be held in March 2019. You may be required to attend a final interview at a later date.
- As part of the selection process you may be expected to complete work based simulation exercises and a personality profile either online or onsite.
- Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.
- Please note UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews.
- The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role.
- PLEASE NOTE WE WELCOME APPLICATIONS ACROSS 2 LEVELS, THE LEVEL IS DETERMINED BY SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE AGAINST THE SET CRITERIA. THE LEVEL 5 ROLE ATTRACTS A SALARY RANGE OF £44,959- £50,272 (INCLUSIVE OF MPP) AND THE LEVEL 4 ATTRACTS A SALARY OF 32,993 to £37,069 (INCLUSIVE OF MPP).