Design Authority (Principal Engineer - Magnets)

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

  • London & South East England
  • £45,543.00 - £50,936.00
  • Permanent
  • Closing date 20 Jan 2020

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Culham, Oxfordshire

£45,543 - £50,936 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme

Closing date:
20th January 2020

The Opportunity

Are you able to connect people and engineering disciplines to achieve success?

Are you experienced in both the theory and reality of complex magnets?

To match our growing portfolio, we have a number of opportunities available across all levels within our `Chief Engineer` team that ensures effective, fit-for-purpose, safe outcomes for all UKAEA engineering activities.

As the `Capability Coordinator (Magnets)` you will connect all the magnet activities and expertise across UKAEA`s staff and programmes to share and leverage knowledge that spans cutting edge developmental high temperature superconducting joints through to end-of-life copper coils in the heart of our tokamaks. You will also be eligible for appointment as Facility Chief Engineer of our forthcoming Module Test Facility that will simulate the conditions inside a tokamak fusion reactor, including the application of a combined strong static magnetic field and rapidly changing magnetic field via a combination of superconducting magnets and resistive coils.

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities

This role upholds the design intent of our facilities, see the job description in the application pack for more details:

Design Basis: To provide specialist knowledge of and/or translation between several engineering disciplines to allow acceptance or rejection of plant proposals, modification, exceptional operations and non-conformances.

Technical Risk Management: To ensure that the operational envelope of the facilities is defined with an appropriate balance of technical risk between performance, reliability and lifetime. In turn, seeking improved operational performance, utilisation and reliability on an ongoing basis.

Processes & Standards: To apply UKAEA Quality Management System and ways of working. Strives to enshrine accrued knowledge and lessons learned in improved training, processes and ways of working that can be leveraged across UKAEA.

Our Mission?

Nuclear fusion, the process that powers the Sun, could play a huge part in our carbon-free energy future. The UK Atomic Energy Authority, UKAEA, is placing the UK at the forefront of realising energy from fusion by working with industry to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow`s power stations. In a period of growth after the award of substantial funds from government, we are:

operating two world class plasma science devices (JET, MAST-U)

building a portfolio of diverse technology development facilities in support of the fusion fuel cycle (AGHS, H3AT), state-of-the-art robotic maintenance (RACE) together with pushing the bounds of materials and manufacturing technology (MRF, FTF)

designing power plants partnered third parties in the UK (STEP) and Europe (DEMO).

We understand the special nature of our work so on the job training over many months is normal on entering UKAEA. After orienting yourself in the business and your role diligent line managers, a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential. Therefore even if you feel your background matches only some rather than all of the profile below, we`d still be keen to hear from you

Knowledge skills and experience


Ideally you will strengthen and complement our existing team with experience that includes:

- Specialist knowledge of magnet design, build and operation ideally including both superconducting and resistive coils and infrastructure

- Delivery across the plant lifecycle for complex plant in industrial and/or research settings (e.g. manufacturing, academia)

- Application of industrial regulations, codes, standards and norms

- Track-record working within and leading multi-disciplinary teams with various specialisms (e.g. Operations; Safety Case; Asset Management & Maintenance; Quality Assurance; Safety & Environment)

Your education should include a degree (or equivalent experience) in a technical topic such as physics, mechanical / electrical engineering, materials science, etc

You have endorsed your professional progression via membership of a recognised professional body. If not, we`ll support this in your new role.

Your professional training might include IOSH Managing Safely.

As a key part of our engineering governance, you`ll be a role model. Therefore we care about behaviours and you should demonstrate

- High standards with respect to delivering with quality and compliance

- Clear drive for personal growth, organisational learning and continuous improvement

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