Deputy Director of STEP

UK Atomic Energy Authority
Oxford, Oxfordshire
£70,000 to £75,000 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme 
18 Feb 2019
15 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Deputy Director of STEP 

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Job Title: 
Deputy Director of STEP 

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FTA 1 year FT 

Culham, Oxfordshire 

£70,000 to £75,000 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme 

Closing date: 
15th March 2019 

The UK Atomic Energy Authority, UKAEA, aims to establish a new national programme, partnering with industry and academia to explore the options, challenges and solutions for accelerating fusion delivery, seeking to identify a pathway to supply net energy by the early 2040s. 

£20M was allocated to the 2019/20 UK fusion programme by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in October 2018; this provides an initial budget to launch STEP from April 2019. 

We seek to appoint a Deputy Director of STEP to support the STEP Director in providing the strategic leadership to deliver the project, as well as help to develop the case for further funding beyond 2019/20. 

You will likely be a leading engineer, with experience of managing large complex projects, and have excellent communication and influencing skills. Your expertise will align with the R&D needs of fusion, preferably in an industrial environment. 

Key accountabilities/responsibilities include: 

- Deputising for the STEP Director in their absence. 

- Providing strategic leadership and communicating the vision of STEP. 

- Establishing and developing a coherent network of collaborators to deliver STEP. 

- Ensuring effective governance and establishing appropriate review processes. 

- Prioritising resource and informing a strategy to deliver on targets. 

- Representing STEP at meetings and events - internal and external. 

- Identifying, monitoring and mitigating risks. 

In the event that continued funding for STEP is not secured beyond FY 2019/20, we will work with you to identify a suitable role in one of the many other exciting projects at UKAEA. 

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 full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack. 

Knowledge skills and experience 


- Degree and international standing in relevant discipline 

- Technical experience of direct relevance to fusion 

- Strategic leadership of large, complex projects 

- Good communicator (written and oral) and presentational skills 

- Commercial awareness 


- Recognised by an appropriate professional body 

- Fusion engineering design projects 

Special requirements: 

- Travel to visit teams and stakeholders at other UK sites 

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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