Radiation Shielding Team Leader /Radiation Protection

25 Oct 2018
22 Nov 2018
Bluetown Online
Nuclear, Science
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Title: Radiation Shielding Team Leader

Location: Milton Park, Abingdon (OX14)

Salary: Competitive

Job Type: Full Time, Permanent

The Company aims to accelerate the development of fusion energy by combining two emerging technologies – spherical tokamaks and high-temperature superconductors.

The Company was originally established in 2009 to design and develop small Spherical Tokamaks and compact fusion reactors for a range of applications. Since then, the strategy has evolved to prioritise building a pilot plant to exceed fusion energy breakeven.

The Role:

The commercialisation of fusion requires that a number of fascinating technical challenges are met. One of these is radiation shielding. The size, and performance, of a spherical tokamak is strongly dependent on reducing the thickness of the shield that protects the superconducting coils from the 14.1MeV fusion neutrons. Provision of a bio-shield is also essential.

They are looking for a team leader to manage a combination of in house and external resource to model and validate designs of novel radiation shields to the specific needs of spherical tokamaks. They will also have responsibility for bio-shield engineering.

Main Responsibilities:

* Build, and provide leadership for, the radiation shielding team
* Work with the Research and Technology director, other R&T group team leaders, and the tokamak physics team to develop shield functional specifications
* Identify a variety of concepts spanning novel to relatively mature technology that might meet these specifications
* Use sound scientific and engineering practice to identify and mitigate the technology gaps associated with these concepts
* Deploy numerical modelling and experimental validation as appropriate
* Work with other team leaders to select the final candidates for incorporation into protype reactors

Contacts and Communication

* Reports to the Research and Technology Director
* Responsible for Radiation Shielding group line management
* Responsible for the management of collaborations with academic and commercial organisations

Personal Skills and Attributes:

* At least three years of technical team leadership experience
* Ability to communicate effectively with peers and senior management
* Sufficient general technical knowledge to translate scientific objectives into sound engineering practice
* In depth knowledge of radiation shielding
* Knowledge of current manufacturing methods and materials
* Demonstrated track record of practical and innovative engineering in a technology development environment
* Experience with technical risk assessment
* Demonstrate a clear understanding of the health & safety requirements relevant to the role
* Highly motivated to deliver against challenging objectives in a compressed timescale
* Ability to contribute effectively in a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and scientists
* Willingness to learn new techniques and technologies
* Organized approach to complex problems
* Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision
* Proactive attitude
* Self-starting and self-reliant
* Ability to devise and operate effective project schedules
* Creativity and innovation

Key Requirements:


* Degree in a physical science
* PhD in a physical science, or equivalent industrial experience
* Extensive experience of technical team leadership
* In depth knowledge of radiation shielding
* Good general technical knowledge
* High power density thermal management
* Good communicator with team and senior management
* Demonstrated experience in a comparable environment
* Evidence of product or preferably technology development in a high-tech industry


* Project management qualifications
* Materials science and engineering
* Knowledge of tokamak radiation shielding, especially regarding high energy neutrons


* 25 Days Holiday (plus bank holidays)
* Company Pension scheme: Company contribution of 5% of salary after 3 months’ service
* Eligible for company share option scheme after one years’ service
* Company bonus scheme, discretionary, dependent on performance
* Private medical insurance after 3 months’ service
* Childcare voucher scheme

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Candidates with the experience or relevant job titles of: Radiation Protection Engineer, Health and Safety Supervisor, Radiation Shielding, Radiation Physical Barriers Technician, Nuclear Radiation Protection Engineer.