MAST-U Integration Group Leader

The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
Oxford, Oxfordshire
£54,896 - £61,386
02 Jul 2018
02 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

MAST-U Integration Group Leader

Job Ref: 2914

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: 2nd August 2018


Nuclear fusion could give our world a new form of cleaner, almost limitless electricity.

The UK`s new fusion experiment MAST Upgrade - operated by UKAEA at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy - will bring fusion closer to the power grid. It will develop technology for the first fusion power stations and take on one of the biggest challenges in fusion research: reactor exhaust systems. It will also explore a promising concept for smaller, cheaper fusion reactors - the spherical tokamak.

The Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak Upgrade (MAST-U) is part of a global research effort, in which the UK is working with partners in the European Union and around the world to achieve fusion power - one of the grand challenges of the 21st century. It is nearing completion and is being commissioned ready for operations. MAST-U will host staff scientists and collaborators from across the globe to contribute to the future of fusion.

You could help us to achieve these goals by joining our small team of Engineers/Scientists. Does this sound interesting to you?

The MAST-U Operations Department is seeking an Integration Group Leader with excellent communication and leadership skills to assist with the integration of equipment with this world class fusion facility.

Key responsibilities include:

-To develop and manage the MAST-U Integration Group.

-To work on strategic planning with the Department Manager and Programme Manager, to identify and agree overall Group objectives and staffing levels.

-Communication with peers and others outside of Group/Department to ensure consistent approach across CCFE

-To lead medium and large projects within scope, time and budget. Team members will come from within the Group and the wider organisation.

-To be responsible for the vacuum integrity of the tokamak; develop plans for decreasing leak rates and oversee all changes to the tokamak that may impact on the vacuum integrity.

-Provide strong technical experience and knowledge with regards to vacuum and gas handling

-Foster links with other tokamaks throughout the world to develop best practice.

-Act as local contact for collaborators wishing to utilise or enhance the MAST-U system

-Ensure work carried out on MAST-U conform to the highest HS&E standards and the UKAEA Quality Management Systems.

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 our homepage.

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

Knowledge skills and experience


-Degree or PhD in vacuum related subject

-Recent experience of vacuum technology, preferably in a fusion or nuclear setting

-Experience in managing projects in a scientific environment


-Experience of compressed gases operations

-Experience of flammable/explosive gases and ATEX

Special requirements:

-Occasional travel outside the UK

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

- 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 note UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews.

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