Scientific Manager (Materials Science, feasibility, costing, customers)

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
Culham, Abingdon
£38,959- £44,272 pa
13 Sep 2018
10 Oct 2018
Materials, Science
Contract Type
Full Time

Scientific Manager (Materials Science, feasibility, costing, customers)

Job Ref: 2978

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: 10th October 2018

Are you an experienced Materials Scientist with an interest in setting up challenging research projects for academia and industry? 

Do you have experience in a wide range of materials testing and characterisation techniques with a relevant degree or equivalent qualification?

Do you have substantial knowledge and industry experience working on materials research for nuclear applications?

The UK Atomic Energy Authority have an excellent opportunity for a Materials Scientist to join their team within the Materials Research Facility (MRF). It is unique in the UK, providing processing and testing facilities for materials too radioactive for university laboratories but not needing a nuclear licensed site. The MRF is used by universities, industry and UKAEA itself for both fission and fusion research. The MRF team consists of circa 20 employees working at the cutting edge of experimental nuclear materials research. In the MRF radioactive materials are prepared and evaluated using mechanical, thermo-physical and microstructural analysis techniques. 

Key accountabilities include:

-drive interactions with external customers during the setting up of customer projects 

-assess external requests on scientific and technical feasibility, discuss with customers how scientific aims can be met within the MRF`s capabilities 

-develop pricing strategy and work out project costings in collaboration with MRF scientists and management

-manage scientific projects within the post holder`s own technical specialisms and line manage a small team with related specialisms.

-advise on new business and collaboration opportunities 

-identify and advise on long term development and research needs

-pro-actively engage with potential customers and collaborators within academia and industry.

-develop technical case studies, provide content for marketing materials and brochures 

At UKAEA we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. Our Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our Organisation an employer of choice. UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.

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


-Scientific degree in a relevant area (physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering)

-Proven track record of scientific research including experimental materials testing

-Experience with multiple materials characterisation techniques (some of e.g. electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, mechanical testing, thermal properties measurements, functional properties measurements) 

-Strong communication and writing skills, shown ability to learn unfamiliar processes and techniques quickly

-Delivery focussed coupled with experience of working to tight/fixed deadlines.

-Experience working with people with different cultures/languages.

-Stakeholder Management skills.


-Commercial business development experience 

-Commercial management experience in a scientific/technical 

environment, selling or preparing proposals

-Expertise in processes of irradiation damage in materials for fission applications

-Project delivery and management in a scientific market place

Special requirements:

Selection Method(s):

-Initial interviews will be held on 16/10/2018. You may be required to attend a final interview on 27/10/2018. 

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

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