Mechanical Engineer-Central Engineering

UK Atomic Energy Authority
Culham, Abingdon
£36,397 to £52,293
31 Mar 2021
28 Apr 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Mechanical Engineer


Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK


Department: Central Engineering

Salary: £36,397 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension

Confirmed Grade: Level 4 / Level 5

Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire

Company Description


By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing and helping to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and Stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

Job Description


Who are we looking for?

This is a great opportunity for a Mechanical Engineer to join our Central Engineering Department and be involved in a number of programmes of work.  This role will allow you to be involved or lead in creating innovative design solutions to meet challenging requirements, and perform engineering calculations to support design decisions. If you are innovative in seeking creative ways to change, solve problems and push scientific and technical boundaries and have a relevant engineering degree or equivalent, we would like to hear from you.

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, whilst remaining determined, flexible and positive to the challenges we face.

What will you be responsible for?

- Design work on major fusion sub-systems, enhancement programs for UKAEA`s facilities as well as for future fusion devices.

- Ensuring that detail designs are appropriately validated.

- Supervising detail design and manufacture.

- Developing and effectively implementing systems for managing design requirements and interfaces for ensuring satisfactory performance/compliance.

- Acting as a Technical Reference for other group members in areas of knowledge.

- Producing technical reports, departmental notes and journal / conference papers where relevant.

- As part of this role you could be asked to work in radiation controlled areas or in beryllium controlled areas (full training and medical assessments will be provided if this is necessary).



Essential skills, experience and competence required

- A relevant engineering degree or equivalent

- Good working knowledge of structural engineering, solid mechanics and engineering materials

- Experience with relevant environmental factors such as vacuum and transient magnetic fields

- Ability to perform exploratory design calculations using first principles and proven capability in engineering analysis

- Good working knowledge of thermal engineering, heat transfer and high-temperature applications

- Experience taking ownership and working cooperatively to achieve quality outcomes.

Desirable skills, experience and competence

- 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

- Additional Information

What we offer

- A competitive salary 

- A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors

- An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives

- Flexible working options including family friendly policies 

- Emergency leave (paid)

- 30.5 days annual leave (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) increased with length of service

- Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme) 

- Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme 

- Annual corporate bonus scheme 

- Relocation allowance (if eligible)

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. Our dedicated ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner, with the support from our Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 30th April 2021 . We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

We have permanent and 3 year fixed term agreement positions available.

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.

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