Material Engineer

The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
Culham, Oxford
£32,993 - £50,272 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
02 Jul 2018
29 Jul 2018
Energy, Materials
Contract Type
Full Time

Material Engineer

Job Ref: 2682

Job type: Permanent, Full Time

Location: Culham, Oxfordshire

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

Closing date: 29th July 2018


Are you an experienced Material Engineer with excellent communication and influencing skills? 

Do you have a background in fusion/nuclear with a relevant degree or equivalent qualification?

The UK Atomic Energy Authority have an excellent opportunity for a Material Engineer to join their team within the Technology Department.

Do you have substantial knowledge and industry experience working on key materials research projects?

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is seeking materials engineers/Scientists to support the new National Fusion Technology Platform ( 

You will help solve the materials challenges of fusion energy. 

These roles sit within the Materials Technology Group at UKAEA where we focus on solving materials technological challenges for fusion, looking at practical research, strategy development and emerging multi-disciplinary technology issues for fusion devices. 

For our Materials Engineering roles your responsibilities can include:

-Collaboratively develop and lead key materials research projects ensuring outputs in the form of high quality scientific papers and presentations.

-Support UKAEA`s world leading multi-disciplinary research teams, focusing on: materials, design criteria and structural integrity for future fusion devices.

-Participate in and develop new collaborations with world leading institutes.

-Support development of new state of the art materials testing and analysis facilities. 

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 by clicking the ‘Apply’ button.

Knowledge skills and experience


-A PhD (or equivalent) OR equivalent experience in materials science or relevant areas.

-Demonstrable experience of materials orientated research. 

-Knowledge/experience working with either: Digital Image correlation systems, multi-axial mechanical testing, small specimen test samples, fracture mechanics and or development of design rules/codes.


-For Higher pay grade: Highly experienced and leading person within one of the fields of specific interest to UKAEA as listed above. 

-Experience of preparing research proposals and/or project planning.

-Experience of disseminating scientific work via publications and presentations.

-An understanding of the effects of radiation damage in engineering materials.

-Knowledge of fusion community, operation conditions and fusion components. 

Special requirements:

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 note we welcome applications across 2 levels, the level is determined by skills and experience against the set criteria. The level 4 role attracts a salary range of £32,993 to £37,069 (inclusive of mpp) and the level 5 attracts a salary of £44,959 to £50,272 (inclusive of mpp).

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