Research Programme Director

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

  • London & South East England
  • ¬£Excellent
  • Permanent

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Job ref: 3296

Location: Culham, Oxfordshire

Salary: circa £100k + bonus + benefits including outstanding pension

Closing date: 27th January 2019

Attachments: Web-3296-ResearchProgrammeDirector-ApplicationPack.pdf

Are you an influential leader with significant experience of programme management and a background in a technical discipline related to nuclear fusion? Accountable to the CEO and working with the other directors, an opportunity to lead on the development and implementation of the long-term fusion research programme strategy for the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has arisen. The job holder will have the responsibility for the leadership and direction of c.150 employees and budget management of c. £18M p.a.

As Research Programme Director you will represent the programmes` interests at Board Meetings and sub -committees, as well as acting in highly visible government and UKRI liaison, industry networking, technical review and public facing roles. Therefore, an ability to build effective relationships with relevant stakeholders (BEIS, Research Councils, European Commission, EUROfusion, ITER, universities, ...) is paramount.

As manager of the R&D programmes, the job holder will have responsibility for all programmatic matters, providing direction to senior management whilst ensuring a high rate of progress and delivery - having an excellent understanding of the wider issues impacting on the UKAEA is essential to be able to lead on this.

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 related to fusion but with adjacency to many other areas. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading edge technological excellence, whilst investing in its people.

For further details on UKAEA and a full job description please view the application pack.

Special requirements:


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 note this vacancy may close early if we receive a high volume of applications.

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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