Senior Process Engineer (1 Year FTA)

UK Atomic Energy Authority
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
£36,397 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
04 Jun 2021
02 Jul 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Process Engineer (1 Year FTA)


Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK


Department: STEP

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?


As a successful Senior Process Engineer, you will have an opportunity to lead process design work on major fusion sub-systems, from concept through to detailed design. You will be experienced in performing engineering calculations to support design decisions. This role will allow you to manage projects for development and investigation of fusion technologies as well as produce technical reports and ensure adherence to design standards.


If you have an analytical and innovative thought process with the ability to work with uncertainties and to take your initiative in addition to a relevant engineering degree or equivalent, we would like to hear from you.


What will you be responsible for?


Drafting and reviewing process diagrams (PFDs & P&IDs)

Leading process plant modelling, calculations and design

Interfacing with key stakeholders, adjacent workstreams and external partners

Leading safety and technical risk assessments

Innovating fusion power plant design

Supervising junior engineers and students


As part of this role, you could be asked to manage staff (e.g. on-site contractors, department technicians, engineers) as well as supervising the training and development of junior group members.



Essential skills, experience and competence required


A relevant engineering degree or equivalent

Ability to perform exploratory design calculations using first principles

Proven capability in process engineering analysis and design

Leading projects and specific work packages

Good communication and technical writing skills

Excellent interpersonal skills

Attained or actively working towards Chartered status with a suitable professional institution


Desirable skills, experience and competence


Experience in design or operation of commercial power plants and or thermal to electric conversion systems

Leading teams and supervising other staff

Experience with concept designs

Experience with system engineering practices

Nuclear industry experience


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 4th July 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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