MRF Lead Engineer

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
Culham, Oxfordshire
£44,574 - £49,834
06 Jul 2018
29 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

MRF Lead Engineer

Job Ref: 2904

Job type: Permanent, Full Time

Location: Culham, Oxfordshire

Salary: £44,574 - £49,834 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme

Closing date: 29th July 2018


Do you want to become the core of new developments in the Materials Research Facility (MRF) at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) in Culham?

Are you an experienced mechanical engineer with background in remote control systems (nuclear, oil & gas, medical)? 

The Materials Research Facility is built to test irradiated materials for both the Fusion and Fission materials development programmes and will be used internally by Culham Centre for Fusion Energy as well as industry and academia. Within the Materials Research Facility (MRF) radioactive samples from m to mm scale are being prepared and evaluated using micro-mechanical, thermophysical and microscopical techniques. 

The UK Atomic Energy Authority has an excellent opportunity for an experienced (mechanical/nuclear) engineer to join the team within the MRF. 

As the MRF engineering team will grow, the MRF lead engineer role will grow with it in the future. The Department is building up its scientific capabilities and it is expected to grow into a full operational laboratory with 5 hot-cells for sample preparation and 12 - 20 research rooms for scientific evaluations within the next 5 years. 

You would be part of the MRF operational team but work closely together with UKAEA Central engineering department and the UKAEA Design office. Due to our current phase and the expected growth the engineer needs to be able to work in parallel at new designs, commissioning systems and adaptations of `non-active to active` installations. 

Key accountabilities include:

- Oversight of the technical delivery of engineering solutions, adhering to relevant legislation, codes and site processes / practices. 

- Development and implementation of a technical execution plan for each project.

- Focus on strategic engineering design for the benefit of the project, ensuring agreed milestones are met.

- Selection and implementation of System Engineering tools and processes to ensure design is conducted within a SE framework appropriate to the task

- Design solutions to integrate scientific instruments into shielded research rooms

- Design of transport systems to integrate MRF with external national and international partners, adaptations and integrations of equipment for sample preparation, sample handling systems and tooling to enhance the remote handling.

- Leading a small dedicated MRF engineering team and the UKAEA engineers and designers temporarily working on MRF projects.

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


- Qualified to Degree level (or equivalent) in an engineering or scientific discipline with a proven track record of delivering versatile technical projects. 

- Ability of being creative in combining system engineering implementation, a strong foundation in engineering design and development; able to lead design activities across several engineering disciplines.

- Able to combine standard techniques from different origins with innovative techniques (Victorian engineering with high tech systems) 

- Good oral and written communication skills, strong sense of team focus, able to deal with uncertainty, able to inspire a can-do approach amongst team members. Good facilitation skills

- Able to estimate resource requirements and focus on delivery to an agreed timeline. Flexibility in responding to unforeseen changes with a view to minimising impact on technical delivery. Able to assert authority on team through experience and example. Clear understanding of and adherence to scope


- Experience in a hot-cell facility or with nuclear engineering

- Experience with manipulator tooling, pick-and-place robotics, shielding design and equipment separation to separate or shield sensitive parts

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.

Selection Method:

-Initial interviews will be held on 27 July and 3 August 2018. You may be required to attend a final interview on 10 August 2018. 

-As part of the selection process you will be expected to present an overview of previous work and a work-based simulation exercise.


- 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.