Mechanical Engineer

UK Atomic Energy Authority
£35486 - £51385 per annum
23 Sep 2020
21 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Mechanical Engineer

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Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Culham, Oxfordshire

£35,486 - £51,385 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme

Closing Date:
21st October 2020

Are you an experienced mechanical engineer and want to help create a clean, low carbon and baseload energy source?

Nuclear Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and stars, can play a big part in generating an abundant, safe and low carbon energy for the future. The UK Atomic Energy Authority manages the UK`s national fusion programme and we have exciting opportunities for Mechanical Engineers (with a range of experience levels) to join and become part of this exciting organisation.

As a Mechanical Engineer, you will lead and support mechanical design and analysis work on major fusion sub-systems, from concept through to detailed design. You will be experienced in performing engineering calculations, modelling to support design choices and would be able to engage in procurement, installation and commissioning activities for new components and systems.

You may support or lead one or more of the following activities:
- Design work on major fusion sub-systems and enhancement programs for UKAEA`s facilities as well as for future fusion devices
- Ensure that detail designs are appropriately validated (by computation or experiment), working with engineering analysts as necessary, and ensure appropriate adherence to international and fusion-specific design standards
- Supervise detail design and manufacture; supervise the preparation of technical specifications and tender documentation and lead subsequent tender and contract management activities.
- Develop and effectively implement systems for managing design requirements and interfaces for ensuring satisfactory performance/compliance, and ensure these are adopted by design teams.

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 people.

Knowledge, skills and experience

- A relevant engineering degree or equivalent
- Experience with relevant environmental factors such as vacuum and transient magnetic fields
- Good working knowledge of structural engineering, solid mechanics and engineering materials
- Good working knowledge of thermal engineering, heat transfer and high temperature applications
- Ability to perform exploratory design calculations using first principles and proven capability in engineering analysis
- Experience with working to design standards (such as pressure vessel standards)

- Attained or actively working towards Chartered status with a suitable professional institution
- Good communication and technical writing skills
- Leading teams and supervising other staff
- Excellent interpersonal skills

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 on-site.

- 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 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.

3 positions are being sought at 2 different levels: L4: £35,486 to £37,924 (inclusive of MPP) L5: £48,208 to £51,385 (inclusive of MPP)

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