Head of Power Supplies Operations

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
Culham, Oxford
£54,896 - £61,386
01 Jun 2018
29 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Power Supplies Operations

Job Ref: 2748

Job type: Permanent, Full Time

Location: Culham, Oxfordshire

Salary: £54,896 - £61,386 (inclusive of MPP) dependent on experience plus industry leading benefits including an outstanding pension scheme

Closing date: 1st July 2018


The Electrical Engineering Department operates, maintains and develops the pulsed power converters and distribution equipment for the Joint European Torus (JET), the largest operating Tokamak in the world operated on behalf of EUROfusion, and the UK`s new Tokamak MAST-U that will position UKAEA at the centre of international fusion research for many years to come. As a new department it is also starting an exciting pathway to explore new opportunities within the fusion technology programme, supporting UK growth with the UKAEAs business development team and helping meet the challenges faced with commercialising fusion.

There is an exciting opportunity to join the department leading teams of engineers and technicians who operate the JET and MAST-U multi-megawatt pulsed power converters for the Tokamak`s magnet coils and neutral beam heating systems. 

The Head of Power Supplies Operations will be responsible for leading and managing a team working on power supply systems that are crucial to UKAEA maintaining its reputation within the international fusion research community. They will need to be able to make key decisions based on sound judgement, but often quickly to avoid loss of time to the experimental programmes.

The Unit Head will need to develop and grow the staff to meet the needs of the current programmes, match the changing technologies in new power systems and to put the Department in a strong position for growth in fusion technology, materials and to realise commercialisation of fusion.

This is an excellent opportunity for a person with a passion to develop and drive their career forward on the path towards becoming part of the senior management team for UKAEA. 

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77D3F3ILl98

For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack by clicking the ‘Apply’ button. 

Knowledge skills and experience


  • Extensive experience of leading and managing professional staff on complex and high hazard plant in a technological environment, with a significant level of safety management.
  • Experience of plant management is also required.
  • Honours degree in Electrical, Electronics or Power Engineering, or a related discipline such as Physics.


  • Beneficial to hold a formal qualification in safety.
  • Ideally, a Chartered Engineer but other Professional Accreditations could be considered.
  • Experience of working in an Electrical Engineering environment

Special requirements:

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 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.

  • 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 discuss with the hiring manager or HR if you have any concerns. 

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