Process Research Engineer/Scientist (Tritium)
Process Research Engineer/Scientist (Tritium )
Job type:Permanent Full Time
Salary:£29,597 to circa £49,000 pa dependent on experience plus industry leading benefits including an outstanding pension scheme
Closing date:14th January 2018
Do you want to help shape the future of the world`s energy? Nuclear fusion, the process that powers the Sun, can play a big part in our carbon-free energy future. Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (the research arm of the UK Atomic Energy Authority), is one of the world`s leading fusion research laboratories. In addition, UKAEA is also growing a major fusion technology programme, focussing on major challenges facing future fusion power stations:
-Robotic maintenance at the Remote Application in Challenging Environments (RACE) facility
-Materials testing at the Materials Research Facility (MRF).
In addition, £86m has recently been secured for UKAEA to build two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation, further cementing UKAEA leading role in this transformative new energy technology.
We are looking 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.
The main responsibilities of the role include:
-Understanding existing work undertaken to develop a fuel cycle capability for the European DEMO fusion reactor
-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.
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 may include working in a radioactive materials handling environment.
-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
-The normal working hours are 8.15 to 16.30, Monday to Friday.
-A small amount of foreign travel may be required.
-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.
-This vacancy may close earlier than the date stated above if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.
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 Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) 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.
PLEASE NOTE WE WELCOME APPLICATIONS ACROSS 2 LEVELS AND HAVE ATTACHED APPLICATION PACKS FOR BOTH, THE LEVEL IS DETERMINED BY SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE AGAINST THE CRITERIA WITHIN THE JOB DESCRIPTIONS. THE LEVEL 4 ROLE ATTRACTS A SALARY RANGE OF £29,597 -£33,633 AND THE LEVEL 5 ATTRACTS A SALARY OF £38,574 TO £49,000.