Engineering Analyst (Simulation Research)

UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire or Rotherham, Yorkshire

Job summary

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Salary: £38,620 or £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
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Full Time
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About the job

Engineering Analyst (Simulation Research)
Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK
Salary: £38,620 or £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire or Rotherham, Yorkshire
Confirmed Grade: Level 4 / Level 5
Department: IED - Fusion Engineering Unit

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 leads the way in realizing fusion energy, partnering with industry and research for groundbreaking advancements. Our goal is to bring fusion electricity to the grid, supported by tomorrow's power stations. In pursuit of our mission, UKAEA embraces core values: Innovative, Committed, Trusted, and Collaborative.

Job Description

As an employee of UKAEA, you will benefit from:

- Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme, details of which can be found at the end of this advert.
- Corporate bonus scheme up to 7% and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).
Flexible working options including family friendly policies.
Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, 
Generous annual leave allowance starting with 25 days, plus 3 days Christmas closure and 2.5 privilege days, in addition to UK bank holidays.
- Wide range of career development opportunities.
- A vibrant culture committed to equality and being fully inclusive.

This role requires employees to be eligible for SC Clearance (must have resided in the UK for the last 5 years), including The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS)

Who are we looking for? 

As we are growing the UKAEA virtual engineering programme, we currently have an exciting opportunity for computational engineers or physicists who want to work at the forefront of their field leading in research and execution of integrated multi-disciplinary and multi-physics simulation tools to solve some of our most complex problems. 

As an experienced engineering analyst, you will be adept in performing computational engineering or physics analyses, have experience in supervising others or leading teams, and bring enthusiasm, flare, and diversity to our dynamic team. 

What will you be responsible for? 

In this role, you will work as part of a growing team helping to foster and implement a strategy for the development of analysis and simulation capability to provide progressive and continual enhancement to the delivery of engineering projects. You will support the development and deployment of integrated simulations and realisation of a fusion reactor `digital twin`. You will help in identifying and exploiting opportunities for growth, writing research proposals, making links between related disciplines, and holding deep knowledge of the landscape of computational analysis and simulation both within and outside the fusion community.  

Essential skills, experience and competence required 

- A Master’s degree in engineering or another relevant discipline, or equivalent experience. 
- Sound knowledge of the fundamentals of solid and fluid mechanics and applied engineering mathematics. 
- Experience in application of classical analysis techniques for understanding and solving problems from first principles and verification of numerical simulations. 
- Experience in the application of numerical simulation techniques (FEA/CFD), including at least two of: thermal, structural, structural dynamics, fluid dynamics, magnetic (static or transient), neutronics, magnetohydrodynamics. 
- Experience in the use of FEA/CFD software such as ANSYS Mechanical, COMSOL multi-physics, OpenFOAM, etc… 
- Awareness of systems simulation and acausal modelling techniques (e.g. multi-body dynamics, quas-1d fluid flow, lumped mass models) and relevant software/languages used (eg. MATLAB/Simscape, Dymola/Modelica, etc…) 
- Ability to rapidly understand, investigate and adopt existing / new software products and apply innovative solutions for integration into simulation workflows. 
- Excellent communication, both technical and interpersonal skills, and a high standard of report/presentation writing. 
- Some experience with programming (eg, Matlab, Python, C++, etc…)  

Desirable skills, experience and competence 

- Experience in multi body dynamics simulation using packages such as MSC ADAMS or similar, including familiarity with simulation of rigid and flexible body dynamics, mechanical drives and actuators. 
- Experience in performing analysis with systems modelling software such as Simulink-Simscape, AMESIM or similar. 
- Experience with model order reduction techniques and their application. 
- Experience with uncertainty quantification through simulation and application of formal reliability analysis.
- Understanding of the fundamentals of Tokamak operations. 
- Knowledge of plasma equilibrium codes and/or 2-D plasma ‘fluid’ codes. 
- Experience of applying and promoting good code development practices (collaborative development, version control, automated testing, documentation). 
- Experience in writing research grant proposals and/or contributing to organisational research strategy documents. 
- Attained or actively working towards Chartered status with a suitable professional institution. 
- Experience leading teams and supervising other staff. 
Please note that this role is split over two levels and the Level 4 offers a salary of £38,620 (inclusive of MPP) and the Level 5 offers a salary of  £52,293 (inclusive of MPP). Your level will be assessed as part of the interview process.

Additional Information

For a full list of benefits and to apply, select the apply button to be taken through to the UKAEA careers pages.

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, people with disabilities, and women. Our Executive team, supported by our 'Equality, Diversity and Inclusion' (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, actively promotes EDI and takes steps to increase diversity within our organization. We reinforce best practices in recruitment and selection and evaluate approaches to remove barriers to success.

Please note that vacancies are generally advertised for 4 weeks but may close earlier if we receive a large number of applications.

For applicants applying from outside the United Kingdom or those who have spent time outside the UK in the last five years, please visit the UK Government website for information on criminal records checks. If your country of residence or previous residence is not listed on the website or if the UK Government does not have information on obtaining a criminal records check from that state, we regret to inform you that we cannot process your application.

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