Senior Process Engineer

Culham, Oxfordshire
£55,610 - £62,197 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
18 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Are you an experienced Process/Chemical engineer with a background in leading and developing teams of engineers to design, modify and operate processing plant?

The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is leading the UK`s advancement of Nuclear Fusion and is expanding to meet the exciting challenge of making fusion viable. We are seeking applicants to join this unique opportunity of contributing towards producing carbon-free energy using nuclear fusion. 

The Senior Process Engineer role will work on the Active Gas Handling System (AGHS) of the Joint European Torus (JET), and is the facility that delivers, collects and processes hydrogen isotopes, including tritium, the key fuel of the fusion reaction. The UKAEA is also designing and building a new Processing Facility (Hydrogen 3 Advanced Technology Facility - H3AT) which will become a world leading facility for the advancement of Fusion Fuel Cycle technologies. 

We are looking for a number of Senior Process/Chemical Engineers to provide technical leadership for the advanced engineering in operating, maintaining, upgrading and designing process systems across a number areas, as well as leading the design of a new processing facility. These technical areas include:

- Fuel Cycle Outer Loop - Mechanical Forevacuum, Exhaust Detritiation System, Over Under Pressure System, Exhaust Monitoring System. 
- Fuel Cycle Inner Loop - Cryogenic Forevacuum, Intermediate Storage, Impurity Processing. 
- Isotope Separation - Gas Chromatography, Cryogenic Distillation, Water Detritiation System, Tritium Decanting Facility.
- Gas Analysis and Distribution - Analytical Laboratory, Product Storage, Gas Distribution and Introduction.

Key accountabilities/responsibilities include:
- Provide specialist / deep technical knowledge and direction in the relevant technical area (listed in bold above), influencing the work of the Authority, international programs (EUROFusion, ITER, DEMO), and working with commercial partners. 
- Leading teams to maximise engineering output whilst ensuring all the relevant health, safety and quality requirements are met. 
- Role model the safety and quality behaviours expected by UKAEA and ensure challenge and resolution on any non-compliant behaviours. 
- Lead a team of professional engineers to develop the right culture and capabilities in order to operate, maintain, upgrade, and design credible systems within the relevant technical area. 
- Strategic planning for the team, ensuring future requirements for the active gas handling systems and the new H3AT facility are adequately supported. 

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.

Knowledge skills and experience


- Experience is required in one or several disciplines amongst the following:
Design, commissioning and operation of process plant
Cryogenics down to 4K
Understanding of a variety of analytical techniques (e.g. mass spectrometry, gas chromatography)
Understanding of Isotope Separation techniques
HAZOP studies and design reviews
- Leading and managing teams of more than 5 engineers.
- Chartered member of a professional body.


The job holder will be act as an Operation Engineer during 24hr operations of the AGHS, for limited duration to support JET operations.

Active involvement representing the Tritium Process Group to the wider tritium/fusion research/industrial community e.g. Tritium Users Group (TUG)

Special requirements:

- The normal working hours are 8.15 to 16.30, Monday to Friday. However, as a senior engineer there is a requirement to cover shifts during operations; therefore, shift work will be required a certain periods throughout the year. 
- You will be required to work in beryllium and radiation-controlled areas. All necessary training and registration for this will be provided by UKAEA.

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.

Selection Method(s):
- 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. 

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