Neutronics Scientist / Engineer

Culham, Oxfordshire

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£36,397 to £38,620
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Full Time
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About the job

Neutronics Scientist / Engineer

Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK


Department: Fusion Technology - Business and Operations

Salary: £36,397 to £38,620 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension

Confirmed Grade: Level 4

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.


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 are seeking an experienced neutronics scientist or engineer who has a track record in delivering projects involving nuclear analyses, with a strong interest in solving nuclear technology challenges. This is a great opportunity to work in a high performing group to research, solve and assess some of the most important nuclear technology challenges that directly contribute to the development of fusion energy though the application of state-of-the art computational methods and nuclear codes.


You will have knowledge and experience with the use of radiation transport codes, scientific programming and scripting as well as Linux operating systems, parallel computing and high-performance computing. Excellent analytical and technical report writing skills are required, as well as the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, as well as independently when required.


What will you be responsible for?


- Participating in, and managing, packages of related work to support projects delivery, on time and to budget

- Producing analysis models using CAD to MCNP conversion and simplification tools and methods

- Conducting radiation transport and activation (neutronics) simulations using nuclear analysis tools, such as MCNP and FISPACT-II

- Conducting and driving programming and code development to support nuclear radiation simulations for a variety of fusion devices such as JET, ITER and DEMO

- Writing excellent technical reports with little supervision

- Presenting technical work to project boards, internal and external clients, on conferences and journal publications

- Interacting with colleagues and experts in other scientific fields and liaising with large international organisations

- Supporting the creation of bid documents for commercial and research contracts



Essential skills, experience and competence required


- A degree in a relevant physics, engineering or computer science degree, or equivalent subject

- Knowledge and experience with the use of radiation transport codes, such as MCNP, and inventory codes, such as FISPACT-II

- Excellent analytical skills and technical report writing abilities

- Track record in delivering projects involving nuclear analyses with time constraints with little supervision

- Knowledge and experience with scientific programming and scripting (Fortran, python scripting)

- Knowledge and experience of Linux operating systems, parallel computing (e.g. MPI and OpenMP) and high-performance computing


Desirable skills, experience and competence


- Knowledge and/or experience with: magnetic confinement fusion; CAD modelling software/tools; high performance computing

- Higher degree or doctorate in a nuclear discipline area


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 increased with length of service (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) plus bank holidays

- 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 03/01/2022. 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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