Materials Testing Laboratory Manager

The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
Culham, Oxford
£44,959 - £50,272
02 Jul 2018
29 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Materials Testing Laboratory Manager

Job Ref: 2680

Job type: Permanent Full Time

Location: Culham, Oxfordshire

Salary: £44,959 - £50,272 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme

Closing date: 29th July 2018


Are you an experienced Materials Laboratory Technical Lead and Manager with excellent communication and influencing skills? 

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

Do you have substantial knowledge and industry experience working on with either: Digital Image correlation systems, multi-axial mechanical testing, small specimen test samples, fracture mechanics and or development of design rules/codes?

This role sits 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. 

As our Materials Testing Laboratory Manger, you will be a leading person in the development of our growing materials testing laboratory. 

Your responsibilities can include:

-Lead management and development of new materials testing laboratory.

-Lead one or more materials technological research projects 

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

-With our support, develop your skills to become the UKAEA technical authority on one or more materials disciplines. 

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:

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Knowledge skills and experience


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

-Experience managing/leading research laboratories or research equipment (preferably with mechanical testing equipment) 

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

-Experience of disseminating scientific work via publications and presentations.


-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.

-Experience leading procurement of state of the art and/or bespoke scientific equipment. 

-Experience managing staff/postdocs and students in research organisation.

-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.