Thermal Hydraulic Analyst

UK Atomic Energy Authority
Rotherham, South Yorkshire
£33,297 to £35,520
10 Jun 2021
08 Jul 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Thermal Hydraulic Analyst


Unit 2a Lanchester Way, Advanced Manufacturing Park, Catcliffe, Rotherham, United Kingdom


Department: Fusion Technology - Technical Department

Salary: £33,297 to £35,520 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension

Confirmed Grade: Level 4

Site Location: UKAEA 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.


Job Description

Who are we looking for?


We have an excellent opportunity for a Thermal Hydraulic Analyst working as part of a new team in the Technical Department, exploiting brand new facilities at UKAEA Yorkshire.


As a Thermal Hydraulic Analyst, you will be responsible for taking on a leading role in the development of critical cooling technology that will deliver advances in fusion technology. To be considered, you must possess previous demonstrable experience in computation, validation, and verification of codes for thermal hydraulic analyses. Additionally, you will have specific expertise in modelling complex turbulent flows, two-phase flows, and conjugate heat transfer.


You will be well suited for this role if you approach your work in an analytical way, can communicate effectively, enjoy being innovative and have a passion for solving problems.


What will you be responsible for?


Providing technical expertise in the development and application of computational thermal hydraulics and fluid dynamics, using fluids including single- and two-phase water as well as more novel fluids such as liquid metals and molten salts.

Using relevant analysis tools to analyse and optimise the performance of future nuclear reactors and components in complex and representative environments.

Developing understanding through simulations supported by experimental benchmarking, working with a range of stakeholders across disciplines.

Build and foster links with industrial and academic partners in order to complement our internal capability and to facilitate new project proposals.

Act as an expert point of contact with internal and external groups for application of new thermal hydraulic methods within UKAEA.




Essential skills, experience and competence required


Demonstrated experience in computational thermal hydraulic analysis of nuclear systems

Proven experience in computation, validation, and verification of codes for thermal hydraulic analyses using a range of CFD methods

Specific expertise in modelling complex turbulent flows, two-phase flows, and conjugate heat transfer

Capable of work on assignments in an independent and creative way in a multidisciplinary environment

Excellent communication skills

Degree (or equivalent experience) in a relevant technical subject


Desirable skills, experience and competence


Familiarity with nuclear fusion technology

Familiarity with applications and techniques for of alternative fluids including liquid metals and molten salts

Additional expertise in any of the following: natural and mixed convection, flow-induced vibration, MHD effects

Postgraduate degree in a relevant technical subject

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.


Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 8th 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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