Research and Development Engineer

UK Atomic Energy Authority
Culham, Oxfordshire or Rotherham, Yorkshire
£36,397 to £52,293
26 May 2021
23 Jun 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Research and Development Engineer



Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK


Department: H3AT

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 or Rotherham, Yorkshire


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.


H3AT is responsible for the advancement of enabling technologies for the international fusion market. These projects embody our mission to develop nuclear fusion as a source of energy generation, demonstrating the technology with a view to it ultimately becoming commercialised.


Job Description

Who are we looking for?


Are you an experienced engineer with a background in finding innovative solutions to complex problems? Do you have an interest in contributing to the development of abundant, safe, and carbon-free electricity for a cleaner planet?


If so, UKAEA has an exciting opportunity for a development engineer to apply their knowledge and experience to creating solutions for systems exposed to some of the harshest environments possible. Forming part of H3AT’s Tritium Innovation Unit, you will be responsible for developing and leading complex projects, including the advancement of tritium experiments and process plants in collaboration with UK industry, academia and national institutes.


Key areas of responsibility will include:


- Driving projects that may cover low Technology Readiness Level concept development through to working with commercial-off-the-shelf products and to life extension of installations.

- Sharing your experience and expertise to provide state-of-the-art knowledge to UKAEA design engineers and technologists

- Key role/leading planning, delivery and evaluation of complex experimental projects that address prototyping and verification of experimental systems and plants and the effects of harsh environments on performance

- Managing small multi-disciplinary teams (up to 5 engineers, scientists and technicians)

- Proposing, secure funding and contributing to delivery of novel projects aligned with internal strategy

- Working with external collaborators


You may be required to train and register as a Beryllium and classified radiation worker. All necessary training will be provided.


Please note this position has been evaluated at both level 4 and 5. The successful candidate's grade will be determined at interview. The level 4 role offers a salary of £36,397 to £38,620 inclusive of MPP and the level 5 role offers a salary of £49,396 to £52,293 inclusive of MPP.



Essential skills, experience and competence required


- Degree or higher in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, process engineering, or similar.

- Experience of developing complex equipment or experiments.

- Experience in implementation of specialist engineering / science skills with a background in multi-disciplinary industry or R&D based programmes.

- Previous experience in the writing and reviewing of instructions and work control documentation.


Desirable skills, experience and competence


- Knowledge of issues affecting material and component performance in harsh environments.

- Knowledge and experience of preparing research proposals.

- Experience of overseeing technicians, junior staff and/or students.

- Possession or progress towards accreditation with a professional body (e.g. CEng).

- A basic understanding of radiological hazards.


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

- 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 26/06/2021. We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.


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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