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Cryogenics Design Engineer

UK Atomic Energy Authority is looking to recruit a Cryogenics Design Engineer

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 28 Feb 2021
  • United Kingdom | UK Atomic Energy Authority
  • Date posted: 04 Feb 2021
  • Job type: Industry & business
  • Disciplines: Engineering & instrumentation | Nuclear, fusion & energy 

Cryogenics Design Engineer
Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK
Department: Heating and Fuelling
Salary: £58,865 to £62,746 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Confirmed grade: Level 6

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.

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking an experienced Cryogenics Design Engineer to provide leadership for the cryogenic system design for an ambitious programme to accelerate the delivery of sustainable fusion energy – the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP).

The programme aims to deliver an integrated, net power generating concept design for fusion power plants and cryogenic systems and will be required to cool superconducting magnets and solidify fuels prior to injection into the reactor. Working in collaboration with technical experts within UKAEA, academia and industry, this role gives you the opportunity to have a direct contribution on the cryogenic systems which are expected to be one of the major electrical loads and need to be fully optimised to achieve the programme objectives of net power.

What will you be responsible for?

  • Lead the development of an integrated cryogenic concept design to at least a preliminary front end engineering design standard before the end of the first tranche.
  • Manage the cryogenic ‘thermal budget’ and optimise the resulting electrical loads.
  • Calculate, and design for, heat loads including superconducting and resistive magnets operating at cryogenic temperatures in static and dynamic operation.
  • Interface with the wider STEP team; leading design reviews and regularly communicating progress to the STEP Product Delivery Team Leaders.
  • Own the cryogenic system design and supporting products, developing plans to meet programme objectives. Deliver all elements on time with respect to cost, quality and specification.
  • Set the scope and gain commitments from cross-functional teams to deliver the planned work scope for the cryogenic system.
  • Provide guidance to the wider fusion research and development workstreams to address gaps and inform critical decisions.
  • Challenge conventional thinking by trying out new approaches, being creative and continuing to innovate.


Essential skills, experience and competence required:

  • An advanced degree (or equivalent experience) in cryogenic engineering or a related discipline.
  • A deep working or technical knowledge of cryogenics, ideally with extensive experience of concept design experience.
  • A proven track record of delivering complex, high technology projects to quality, time and budget constraints using modern project management methodologies and tools.
  • A strategic and innovative thinker.
  • Demonstrable experience of collaborating with a range of key stakeholders.
  • A solid understanding of modern standards in Quality Assurance, Safety, Health and the Environment.
  • An ability to work and communicate with an interdisciplinary team.

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 (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) increased with length of service.
  • 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 Partner, with the support of our Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our organisation an employer of choice. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10 minute walk from Culham Railway Station.  

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated 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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