Lead Engineer - Materials Test Facility
6 days left
- Full Time
Lead Engineer - Materials Test Facility
Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK
Department: Materials (MRF)
Salary: £60,317 to £63,855 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Confirmed Grade: Level 6
Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire
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.
As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.
Who are we looking for?
We have an exciting opportunity for a Lead Engineer to join UKAEA and provide direction, leadership and technical expertise to the engineering team within the Materials Research Facility (MRF) - a unique UK laboratory, comprising of a number of hot-cells and shielded research rooms for sample preparation and scientific evaluation of fusion and fission materials (note that UKAEA is not a licensed site and the MRF handles only low activity materials).
This role includes activities ranging from hands-on CAD design and machine certification strategies to inputs towards the MRF Capability Development plan. The MRF has multiple robots and remote systems interfacing with multimillion pound microscopes, and the facility is part of a broader Materials Division that works closely with Technology, Robotics and Tritium Science business units in a vibrant and growing fusion community.
As Lead Engineer you will work closely with other members of the MRF leadership team, as well as UKAEA’s Central Engineering Department and the Office of Chief Engineers/Design Office.
What will you be responsible for?
Daily supervision of a team of mechanical, electrical and C&I (control instrumentation) engineers working on a variety of high value commissions for research equipment, overseeing their adaptation for remote / robotic handling and integration into radiation control rooms.
Leading the MRF’s efforts in supporting the JET, H3AT (and other programmes) equipment in the facility, ensuring that engineering carried out within the MRF is in alignment with those programme teams and deadlines
Authorising engineering designs for legislative compliance.
Design of bespoke equipment and systems for characterising materials samples, thermophysically, microstructurally and mechanically.
Please note that you must be willing to travel and attend occasional meetings abroad.
Essential skills, experience and competence required
Experienced and capable of running a team of engineers
Experienced in project management (with the ability to estimate resource requirements and focus on delivery to an agreed timeline)
Qualified to Degree level (or equivalent) in an engineering discipline (mechanical, electrical, electronic, C&I)
Good oral and written communication ability
Desirable skills, experience and competence
Experienced and capable in leading design activities across several engineering disciplines (mechanical, electrical, electronic, C&I).
Experienced with manipulator tooling, pick-and-place robotics, shielding design and equipment separation to separate or shield sensitive parts.
Experienced in hot-cell facilities or nuclear engineering.
Machine certification qualification (CE marking and similar).
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 1st August 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.