Do you have experience as Process Development Engineer and have an interest in contributing to the creation of a clean and low carbon energy source?
Nuclear Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and stars, can play a big part in generating an abundant, safe and low carbon energy for the future. The UK Atomic Energy Authority manages the UK`s national fusion programme and we have exciting opportunities for Process Development Engineers (with a range of experience levels) to join and become part of this exciting organisation.
As a Process Development Engineer, you will support/lead process design work on major fusion sub-systems, from concept through to detailed design. You will be experienced in performing engineering calculations, modelling and simulations to support design decisions with emphasis on Fuel Cycle systems.
You may support or lead one or more of the following activities:
- Design work on major fusion sub-systems, enhancement programs for UKAEA`s facilities as well as for future fusion devices.
- Collaborate with systems engineers to manage design requirements and interfaces, and processes for ensuring satisfactory performance/compliance, including using analytical tools for hazard and risk analysis.
- Create procedures for the development of process designs through the creation of mass and energy balances, process modelling and first principle design that support a process flow architecture, leading to the development of Process Flow Diagrams and P&IDs.
- Ensure that detail designs are appropriately validated (by computation or experiment), working with engineering analysts as necessary, and ensure appropriate adherence to international and fusion-specific design standards.
- Supervise detail design and manufacture; supervise the preparation of technical specifications and tender documentation and lead subsequent tender and contract management activities.
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 people.
Knowledge, skills and experience
- A relevant engineering degree or equivalent
- Proven ability to use industrial process simulation tools such as Aspen, Simulink, Dymola or OpenModelica
- Ability to perform exploratory design calculations using first principles
- Proven capability in process engineering analysis and a good working knowledge of engineering materials and their properties
- Experience with relevant environmental factors such as vacuum systems
- Attained or actively working towards Chartered status with a suitable professional institution
- Good communication and technical writing skills
- Leading teams and supervising other staff
- Excellent interpersonal skills
Selection Methods and Notes:
- As part of the selection process, you may be expected to complete work-based simulation exercises and a personality profile either online or on-site.
- 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, 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.
3 positions are being sought at 3 different levels:
L3: £29,035 to £31,077 (inclusive of MPP)
L4: £35,486 to £37,924 (inclusive of MPP)
L5: £49,208 to £51,385 (inclusive of MPP)