Lead Mechanical Engineer

UK Atomic Energy Authority
£48208 - £62746 per annum
12 Oct 2020
09 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Lead Mechanical Engineer

Job Ref: 5029
Job Title: Lead Mechanical Engineer
Job type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Culham, Oxfordshire
Salary: £48,208 - £62,746 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
Closing date: 9th November 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. It is one of the grand challenges of the 21st century, but to achieve it means overcoming a range of engineering and technology problems.

We currently have exciting opportunities for Lead Mechanical Engineers, who will truly lead development and progression of our most challenging technologies and projects, and who bring experience, flare and diversity to our dynamic and enthusiastic team.

As a Lead Mechanical Engineer, you will manage the work and development of a team of experienced mechanical engineers and provide leadership for the technical execution of large multi-disciplinary projects. You will provide specialist technical knowledge and strategic direction in a complex field, demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the mechanical engineering toolkit and have the ability to advise on technical solutions, designs and/or critical plant operational issues.

You will develop and implement policies and guidance on best practice, as well as producing peer-reviewed technical papers/reports and ensuring adherence to accepted standards. You will make or facilitate timely critical technical decisions that steer the design solution towards the next level of definition in a timely manner, whilst meeting critical performance requirements and managing risk. The role encompasses the full project lifecycle, from developing a technical execution strategy, to concept development, through to delivery of the engineering solution.

For this lead technical role, you will be leading one or more of the following activities, for which existing experience is welcomed:

- Design work on fusion reactor `matter-injection` sub-systems, for delivering fuel to the reactor or helping to mitigate the effects of a plasma `disruption`, from concept through to detailed design on enhancement programs for CCFE`s facilities as well as for future fusion devices

- Participate in site level projects or operations as a representative of the Engineering function or other area of expertise, including a role of responsible officer for complex/critical plant and processes

- Manage the work and development of a Section of employees, co-ordinating this team`s efforts in line with the UKAEA Central Engineering Department`s objectives and The Authority's organisational mission and strategies. Agree work objectives and guide development planning of staff in the Section and take an active role in the recruitment of new staff

- Lead the technical delivery of projects including those involving an international customer and/or international collaborators or suppliers

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.

Knowledge, skills and experience


- A relevant engineering degree or equivalent
- Chartered Engineer status with a suitable professional institution
- Ability to perform exploratory design calculations using first principles
- Proven capability in engineering analysis and a good working knowledge of engineering materials and their properties
- Experience with relevant environmental factors such as vacuum and transient magnetic fields
- Good working knowledge of structural and thermal engineering, solid mechanics and engineering materials
- Experience with working to design standards (particularly pressure vessel standards)
- Leading teams and supervising other staff
- Good communication and technical writing skills


- Experience in the design, construction, or operation of nuclear fusion `matter-injection` sub-systems, such as pellet injection, gas puffing or disruption mitigation systems
- Experience in staff management including management of workload, giving and receiving feedback, appraisal and professional development
- Experience in on-plant operations, or responsibility for resolving issues on complex/critical plant and associated processes

Special requirements:

Selection Methods and Notes:

- The selection process for this role will involve at least one interview, performed via video conferencing

- As part of the selection process you may be expected to complete work based simulation exercises and a personality profile online

- Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received

- 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

- 2 positions are being sought at 2 different levels:
L5: £48,208 to £51,385 (inclusive of MPP)
L6: £58,865 to £62,746 (inclusive of MPP)
The suitability of candidates for each level will be assessed at interview

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