Principal Engineer (Cryogenics, Vacuum, Magnets, Plasma Engineering and/or Protection)

UK Atomic Energy Authority
£49208 - £51385 per annum
17 Sep 2020
15 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Principal Engineer (Cryogenics, Vacuum, Magnets, Plasma Engineering and/or Protection)

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Job Title:
Principal Engineer

Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Culham, Oxfordshire

£49,208 - £51,385 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme

Closing Date:
30th October 2020

The Opportunity

Are you able to connect people and engineering disciplines to achieve success?

Can you set expectations and ensure quality delivery against unprecedented technical challenges?

Are you excited by working as part of a skilled, multi-disciplinary team?

To match our growing portfolio, the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is recruiting a number of Principal Engineers that ensure effective, fit-for-purpose, safe outcomes for all UKAEA engineering activities.

You will form part of the Office of the Chief Engineer, which is a cross cutting team performing the Design Authority function for UKAEA’s operational fusion devices and related experimental facilities. In this role you will be supporting Facility Chief Engineers, bringing your knowledge to bear across the UKAEA portfolio of facilities and programmes in order to identify and manage technical risks and support the successful delivery of UKAEAs goals.

We are interested in recruiting Principal Engineers with knowledge and experience relevant to one or more of the following areas:

- Magnet Systems (resistive, low temp and high temp super conductors)
- Cryogenics and Vacuum Systems
- Plasma Facing Components
- Machine Protection Systems for complex or experimental plant

We understand the special nature of our work, so on-the-job training over many months is normal on joining UKAEA. After orienting yourself in the business and familiarising yourself with your role, our graded career structure, mentoring scheme, and additional training in fusion technologies will enable you to reach your true potential. Even if you feel your background matches only some rather than all of the role profile, we`d still be keen to hear from you.

Key accountabilities:
- Design Basis: to provide specialist knowledge of and/or translation between several engineering disciplines to allow acceptance or rejection of plant proposals, modification, exceptional operations, and non-conformances.
- Technical Risk Management: to ensure that the operational envelope of the facilities is defined with an appropriate balance of technical risk between performance, reliability, and lifetime. In turn, seeking improved operational performance, utilisation, and reliability on an ongoing basis.
- Processes & Standards: to apply the UKAEA Quality Management System and ways of working. Strive to enshrine accrued knowledge and lessons learned in improved training, processes, and ways of working that can be leveraged across UKAEA.

At UKAEA, we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particular from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women.

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 people.

Our Mission

Nuclear fusion, the process that powers the Sun, could play a huge part in our carbon-free energy future. UKAEA, is placing the UK at the forefront of realising energy from fusion by working with industry to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's power stations.

Knowledge, skills and experience


Ideally, you will strengthen and complement our existing team with experience that includes:
- Delivery across the plant lifecycle for novel, potentially complex plant in industrial and/or research settings (e.g. manufacturing, medical devices, aerospace, academia)
- Application of industrial regulations, codes, standards and norms
- Track record of working within and leading multi-disciplinary teams with various specialisms (e.g. Operations; Safety Case; Asset Management & Maintenance; Quality Assurance; Safety & Environment)

Your education should include a degree (or equivalent experience) in a technical topic such as mechanical / electrical / chemical engineering, materials science, physics, etc.

You have endorsed your professional progression via membership of a recognised professional body, and either hold chartership or be working towards it. If not, we'll support this in your new role.

Your professional training might include IOSH Managing Safely, but if not, this can be provided.

Special requirements:
Selection Methods and Notes:
- As part of the selection process, you may be expected to complete work based simulation exercises and a personality profile either online or onsite.

- We actively promote equality and value 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 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.

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