Development Engineer

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
Oxford, Oxfordshire
£44,959 - £50,272
14 Jun 2018
11 Jul 2018
Energy, Nuclear
Contract Type
Full Time

Development Engineer

Job Ref: 2810
Job type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Culham, Oxfordshire
Salary: £44,959 - £50,272 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
Closing date: 11th July 2018

Are you an experienced engineer or scientist with a background in finding innovative solutions to complex problems and interested in an excellent opportunity to be part of making fusion power plants a reality?

The UK Atomic Energy Authority have an excellent opportunity for an engineer or scientist to join their team within the Engineering Realisation Group in the Central Engineering Department. 

This role is to provide knowledgeable resource in the areas of manufacturing and testing solutions development particularly for components exposed to harsh environments. This will include participating in the research, prototyping and verification of manufacturing and testing processes involving advanced materials and leading packages of work. This will involve working with other Departments and organisations and will require good communication skills. 

Key accountabilities/responsibilities include:

- Using experience to provide state-of-the-art knowledge to UKAEA design engineers and technologists. 
- Contribute to planning, undertake delivery and evaluation of allocated testing and prototyping projects. 
- Leading packages of work in these testing, prototyping and/or development activities, oversee small multi-disciplinary teams involving internal and external personnel, assuring the quality and safety of these activities. 
- Contributing to the sourcing of appropriate testing solutions, including the development of internal bespoke equipment or the sourcing of external solutions particularly for Non-Destructive Testing and in situ monitoring.
- Propose, secure funding and contribute to delivery of novel projects for Testing Methods and Advanced Manufacturing aligned with internal strategy (e.g. EUROFUSION PPPT, Enabling Research, EPSRC, PhD, Masters placements, graduate placements, Horizon 2020) 
- Work with external collaborators (including universities, public sector research establishments and industry in fusion and related fields) 
- Present completed novel activities at conferences and submit associated papers for journal publication 

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 our website.

For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please click apply and download the application pack.

Knowledge skills and experience


- Degree or higher in engineering, physics, technology or similar science
- Highly self-motivated and demonstrates initiative 
- Demonstrated experience in implementation of specialist science/ engineering skills in R&D programmes
- Demonstrable ability to manage R&D work packages
- Good verbal and written communication and diplomatic skill 
- Knowledge of orthodox and advanced manufacturing practices and/or experience of Non-Destructive testing techniques and in situ monitoring 
- Possession or significant progress towards accreditation with a professional body (e.g. CEng) preferred


- Background or experience of multi-disciplinary R&D programmes
- Knowledge of issues affecting material and component performance in harsh environments
- Knowledge and experience of preparing research proposals and/or project planning
- Experience of developing complex experiments and testing equipment 
- Experience of overseeing technicians, junior staff and/or students preferred
- Understanding of governance, H&S and compliance issues

Special requirements:

- Supervision of relevant junior staff (e.g. graduates, apprentices) and PhD projects
- International travel
- Public presentations
- Representation of UKAEA at meetings and functions
- Representation of UKAEA on external boards/representative bodies

- 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.
- 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 UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews.

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