United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
London & South East England
£30,341.00 - £44,936.00
Experimental Materials Scientist
Experimental Materials Scientist
Permanent Full Time
£30,341 - £44,936 + an excellent benefits package and an outstanding pension
6th October 2019
Do you want to work in a new, state-of-the-art nuclear materials research facility? We need experienced scientists for its expanding and wide-ranging investment, commissioning and operation programmes.
The UK Atomic Energy Authority has an excellent opportunity for experimental materials scientists to join its Materials Research Facility team.
The nature of the work means you may be eligible for an ongoing enhanced payment, the circumstances in which this would be the case can be explained at interview.
Key accountabilities/responsibilities include:
- Initiate, lead and undertake experimental materials science projects in the Materials Research Facility (MRF) both for external customers and as part of UKAEA`s fusion research programme, either alone or in a team, often as part of collaborations with universities and overseas research organisations
- Interact with external and internal customers concerning use of MRF equipment for radioactive and other hazardous materials (e.g. beryllium), advising on scientific feasibility.
- Participate in the acquisition, adaptation and deployment of new equipment and in the development of new materials testing techniques appropriate to radioactive specimens in MRF`s hot cell and shielded room environments.
At UKAEA we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. Our Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our organisation an employer of choice. UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.
The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UK`s MAST-U fusion energy experiment. UKAEA also works with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies currently in Remote Handling and Materials research. Following recent UK funding two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation are being built. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading-edge technological excellence, whilst investing in its people.
Knowledge skills and experience
- PhD (or equivalent level) in experimental materials science followed by several years research, with a publication track record
- Advanced expertise with multiple materials characterisation methods (e.g. electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, testing mechanical and/or thermophysical and/or magnetic properties) and associated techniques including sample preparation.
- Experience of running complex experiments and testing equipment
- Research experience in nuclear materials science, particularly radiation damage mechanisms and effects on material properties
- Competence working with radioactive and toxic materials in accordance with necessary safety requirements
- Experience planning and undertaking multi-institutional and international research projects, and supervising students on these
- Experience specifying procuring and setting up new experimental equipment
- Work in a radioactive laboratory and with beryllium, with the precautions these entail
- Occasional UK and international travel
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.
- As part of the selection process you may be expected to complete work based simulation exercises and a personality profile either online or onsite.
- Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.
- Please note UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews.
- The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role, please discuss with the hiring manager or HR if you have any concerns.
- PLEASE NOTE THE LEVEL 4 ROLE OFFERS A SALARY OF £30,341 - £34,479 AND THE LEVEL 5 ROLE OFFERS A SALARY OF £39,543 - £44,936. YOUR LEVEL WILL BE ASSESSED AT INTERVIEW.