JET NBI C&I Section Leader

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
Oxford, Oxfordshire
£44,959 - £50,272
23 Jul 2018
23 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

JET NBI C&I Section Leader

Job Ref: 3030

Job type: Permanent Full Time

Location: Culham, Oxfordshire

Salary: £44,959 - £50,272 (Including MPP, market premia payments) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme

Closing date: 23rd August 2018


Do you want to help shape the future of the world`s energy? Nuclear fusion, the process that powers The Sun, can play a big part in our carbon-free energy future. The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) is part of the UK Atomic Energy Authority and is one of the world`s leading fusion research laboratories. Our scientists and engineers are working with partners around the globe to develop fusion as a new source of clean energy for tomorrow`s power stations.

This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual keen to manage a small multi-disciplinary team responsible for the operation and maintenance of one of the world`s largest Neutral Beam Heating Systems. This together with designing, planning and delivering upgrades to meet the future requirements of Fusion systems development makes this a challenging and exciting role.

This role makes a significant contribution to the work of the Authority by ensuring that the JET Neutral Beam facility is efficiently operated, maintained, faults rapidly identified and remedied and continuously improved to meet future requirements. It also contributes to the successful operation of JET neutral beams by supplying trained staff to operate

The main responsibilities of the role will include:

- Responsible for managing the JET neutral beam control and instrumentation section through leading the design, procurement, assembly, testing and installation of equipment on JET and occasionally other facilities including MAST neutral beam.

- Responsible for the allocation of section resources to ensure that work is carried out efficiently, while supporting the recruitment of new staff and the training of existing staff.

- Operator of the JET and MAST neutral beam injectors and responsible for ensuring all staff in the section and suitably trained as operators. This will include taking full responsibility for safe operation of the plant. Neutral beam operation involves working on a casual shift basis. 

- Manage and be responsible for troubleshooting of the problems affecting neutral beam operations. These could include working on other utilities or sub-systems that neutral beam operations are dependent upon, such as Cryogenics, Cooling Water, Power Supplies or Computer Control and Data Acquisition. Some of this work is performed outside of normal hours or after shift operations.

- Take an active part in the Culham apprenticeship scheme by providing short or final year placements within the section, ensuring that the apprentice completes an approved training programme. 

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 minimum of an HND or equivalent in electrical or electronic engineering or similar suitable discipline

- A high level of competency in electrical/electronic system design, pcb design and testing

- A high level of management experience of both staff and projects.

- Familiarity with managing commissioning, operating and maintaining large-scale equipment installations in a high-technology environment

- Good written and verbal communication skills


- Comprehensive knowledge of mechanical, vacuum and gas system engineering

- Experience with PLC systems programming and hardware integration 

- Proven drawings skills, mainly electrical but some mechanical knowledge would be advantageous

Special requirements:

- Occasional casual shift work (06:30 to 14:45 or 14:15 to 22:30)

- Occasional work at height (training provided)

- non-classified radiation worker (training provided)

- Nominated Person Electrical (training provided)

- 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 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.