08 Dec, 2021

Process Engineering Graduate

£29,000 yearly
  • UK Atomic Energy Authority
  • United Kingdom
Process Engineer Energy, Renewables & Nuclear

Job Description

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in joining an organisation where your work will contribute and help to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, the graduate scheme provides a perfect gateway into a future career in this industry.  

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and Stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

Job Description

Who are we looking for? 

We have an excellent opportunity for motivated and enthusiastic graduates to join our two-year graduate scheme, where you will spend 80% of your time developing both your general work-related skills and professional qualifications, with 20% of your working time dedicated to graduate training and development. UKAEA has a nurturing community that learns from each other. 

Within the 20% training and development, there is a core suite of activities designed to develop your professional and business skills. Elements of this programme are flexible and can be tailored to your personal development needs and to those of your specific job role.

What opportunities does the graduate scheme cover? 

Examples of the type of work/projects you could be involved in include:

  • Focusing on key technologies and creating innovative design solutions that will be needed to address the challenges of first-generation fusion power stations.
  • Conducting research and development activities for tritium gas processing as well as contribute in the design and build of experiments that advance enabling technologies for the international market in fusion development.
  • Originating and developing design solutions for new and existing UKAEA facilities and systems as well as for future fusion devices from concept to detailed design.
  • Applying systems engineering processes.
  • Support our teams in developing new fuel cycle systems and performing practical activities associated with operations and testing of our current gas handling facilities

  • Producing technical reports, departmental notes and journal / conference papers and delivering presentations where relevant.
  • Support our teams in developing new fuel cycle systems and performing practical activities associated with operations and testing of our current gas handling facilities.

Our scheme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and the Institute of Physics (IoP) as a professional development scheme.


To be considered you will need to have successfully completed your degree within the past 2 years, and will possess a relevant degree from within the specialisms listed.

  • Process Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences

If you have a degree in an area not specified but feel that you could apply your skills to a career in this discipline, we would still encourage you to apply.  We would ask you to demonstrate how your skills would be relevant to the outlined opportunities. 

You will need to be self motivated, demonstrate the ability to work well with others, and have an interest in the development of a cleaner energy. Additionally, you will be passionate about self-development and you should have a proactive approach to your work with an enthusiasm to achieving your full potential.  

Please note - Our graduate scheme is open to applicants who have the right to work in the UK, including those on a Graduate Tier 4 Visa following completion of their degree in the UK. Please note your employment beyond the graduate scheme will be subject to your right to work status.

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