Process Plant and Design Engineer

Culham, Abingdon
£32,993 - £50,272 PA (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
02 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Title: Process Plant and Design Engineer

Job Ref: 3306

Job type: Permanent, Full Time

Location: Culham, Oxfordshire

Salary: £32,993 - £50,272 PA (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme

Closing date: 27th January 2019


The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is currently preparing itself to perform the most exciting challenge of the next few decades. We are now seeking applicants to join this unique opportunity of contributing towards producing carbon-free energy using nuclear fusion. Nuclear fusion reproduces the atomic reactions which occur inside stars and aims to use the resulting release of energy to generate electricity.

The Active Gas Handling System (AGHS) of the Joint European Torus (JET) is the facility which delivers, collects and processes hydrogen isotopes, including tritium, the key fuel of the fusion reaction. 

As part of the Tritium Process Group, you will be:

-Responsible for the operation, maintenance and upgrade of at least one of the AGHS subsystems, 

-Part of a shift team operating the AGHS plant,

-Part of the design team of the Hydrogen-3 Advanced Technology (H3AT) new facility.

To deliver these stimulating missions, the Tritium Process Group is seeking colleagues able to expand our technical capabilities. We are particularly keen to hear from graduates of the following subjects:



-Engineering (mechanical, material, chemical/process, nuclear)

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 £32,993 to £37,069 (including MPP), dependent on experience plus industry leading benefits including an outstanding pension scheme. 

The LEVEL 5 attracts a salary of £44,959 to £50,272 pa (including MPP), dependent on experience plus industry leading benefits including an outstanding pension scheme. 

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 further information on why UKAEA is a great place to work please review our recruitment video via the following link:

For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack via the Apply button.

Knowledge skills and experience


-A highly-rigorous approach to safety 

-Good communication skills, both written and oral

-Involvement in projects in a high-technology environment with evidence of supporting common team aspirations, using your initiative for the higher-level position

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)

-HAZOP studies and design reviews


-Experience in the operation of plant handling radioactive materials

-Chartered member of a professional body

Special requirements:

You will be required to work in beryllium and radiation-controlled areas. All necessary training and registration for this will be provided by UKAEA.

The working hours are 8.15 to 16.30, Monday to Friday. However, during the two periods of 6 months each when the JET experimental tritium campaigns will take place, the AGHS plant will be staffed 24/7; you therefore may be required to work shifts.

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:

- 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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