MRF Equipment Engineer

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
Culham, Oxford
£38,959 - £44,272
20 Aug 2018
17 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

MRF Equipment Engineer

Job Ref: 2920

Job type: Permanent, Full Time

Location: Culham, Oxfordshire

Salary: £38,959 - £44,272 pa, dependent on experience plus industry leading benefits including an outstanding pension scheme

Closing date: 17th September 2018


Are you a scientific equipment officer with experience in keeping complex scientific equipment safe and operational?

Do you have experience with managing installation and commissioning of materials testing and characterisation equipment with a relevant degree or equivalent qualification?

Do you have substantial experience in an academic or industrial R&D context on training new users in a range of characterisation equipment (e.g. electron microscopy) or materials testing techniques (e.g. mechanical, thermo-physical, x-ray)?

The UK Atomic Energy Authority has an excellent opportunity for an experienced scientific equipment officer to join their team within the new Materials Research Facility (MRF). The MRF team consists of circa 20 employees working at the cutting edge of experimental nuclear materials research. In the MRF radio-active materials are prepared and evaluated using mechanical, thermo-physical and microscopical techniques. Scientific instruments are integrated in a shielded environment to allow for testing with radioactive materials which involves remote handling of the test samples. The facility is expanding to include additional facilities and testing techniques.

Key accountabilities/responsibilities include 

-Maximise the availability and capability of MRF scientific equipment 

-Keep up-to-date inspection and maintenance schedules for all equipment

-Training in the operation of equipment for staff and users as required, maintaining a safe working environment and promoting safe working practices 

-Set up and administrate management systems for maintenance and training schedules.

-Work with staff responsible for nuclear aspects of MRF on implementation and operation of scientific equipment

-Provide input to decisions on new scientific investments in MRF

-Interact with internal and external stakeholders as required

-Manage junior staff (ROs for individual pieces of equipment) including their training and development.

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Knowledge skills and experience


-Degree in scientifically relevant subject (physics, materials science, engineering) 

-Expertise in advanced mechanical testing and associated fields of scientific analysis and interpretation (e.g. dynamic testing, fracture mechanics, mechanical anisotropy)

-Substantial experience in adapting and installing scientific/engineering equipment, managing multiple projects of at least the £100k level.

-Experience of underpinning technologies like vacuum and control, preferably for use with hazardous material 

-Experience with tender processes and interactions with suppliers for scientific/engineering equipment 


-Experience of materials testing and characterisation on neutron irradiated samples

-Chartered Engineer status

Special requirements:

-The post requires working in a radioactive laboratory and with beryllium, and the precautions these entail

Selection Method(s):

  • 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

-Initial interviews will be held on 01/10/2018. You may be required to attend a final interview on 12/10/2018. 


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