Experimental Scientist / Engineer (Tritium)

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

  • London & South East England
  • £33,441.00 - £50,936.00
  • Research facilities
  • Closing date 19 Apr 2020

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Job Ref: 4422
Job Title: Experimental Scientist / Engineer (Tritium)
Job Type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Culham, Oxfordshire
Salary: £33,441 - £50,936 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
Closing Date: 19th April 2020

Are you an experienced experimental physicist or a research and development engineer with excellent communication and influencing skills?

Do you have a background in fusion science or nuclear physics, or experience with experimental disciplines such as UHV systems, cryogenics systems, CVD reactors, semi-conductor production, pumping technology, chemical engineering, waste management or similar disciplines with a relevant degree or equivalent qualification?

The UK Atomic Energy Authority has an excellent opportunity for enthusiastic and flexible engineers or experimental physicists to join their team within the Hydrogen-3 Advanced Technology (H3AT) department. The department consists of several operational teams, a science team and a commercial team. Your role will primarily be working in the commercial team and the science team, utilising the unique capabilities offered by H3AT to support the specialist requirements of customers such as industrial partners, national and international research councils and universities.

Key accountabilities include:

- Assisting or leading with experiment design, planning and resource estimation
- Assisting or producing funding proposals
- Conducting or leading scientific experiments, comprising:

Project planning and reporting
Experimental detailed design
Procurement, build and commissioning
Experimental operation and analysis of results

- Generating scientific reports
- Supervising graduates, secondees and students
- Budget responsibility for research council and commercial projects

The H3AT department operates the Active Gas Handline Facility (AGHS), to support the JET experiment, and the H3AT tritium laboratory based in UKAEA`s new Materials Research Facility (MRF). In addition, the H3AT department is responsible for implementing the upcoming new H3AT facility - a world leading technology development centre for tritium technologies and other technologies requiring similar infrastructure such as carbon-14 and hydrogen technologies.

Knowledge, skills and experience


Regardless of level, you will be expected to possess:

- A relevant degree or equivalent level in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical/Process, Materials Science, Engineering or Nuclear Engineering
- The capability to define, estimate costs and deliver small packages of work within larger project goals
- The capability to question existing scientific models and ability to express yourself clearly through high quality written communication delivered in a timely manner

For the higher level, in addition to the above, you will also have:

- Extensive experience of working in a structured research/engineering environment as a scientist or research and development engineer
- A responsible and structured approach to safety, including hazard identification, risk assessments and hazard elimination and mitigation
- Professional membership status


- Experience in proposal writing
- Chartered Engineer/Scientist/Physicist status
- Experience of working in a structured research environment as a scientist or research and development engineer after first degree. Extensive experience is the most desirable, but any proven experience will be considered beneficial
- Experience of working with Ultra-High Vacuum, cryogenic systems or diamond growth
- Experience of working with radioactive materials such as tritium or carbon-14

Special requirements:

- The appointee may be required to work in Beryllium and radiation controlled areas. All necessary training and registration for this will be provided by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, although a basic understanding of radiological hazards is desirable
- The appointee may be required to support JET operational activities on an occasional basis, potentially including shift work

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.

Selection Method(s):

- 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 does 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.


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