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Head of Research Programme (Chief Technologist)

The UK Atomic Energy Authority have a rare opportunity for an experienced Chief Technologist (or Head of Research Programme) to join their team

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 26 Jul 2020
  • United Kingdom | UK Atomic Energy Authority
  • Date posted: 19 Jun 2020
  • Job type: Government/Public sector
  • Disciplines: Engineering & instrumentation | Nuclear, fusion & energy 

Job ref: 4594
Job title: Head of Research Programme (Chief Technologist)
Job type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Rotherham, Yorkshire/ Culham, Oxfordshire
Salary: £68,760-£73,935 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
Closing date: 26th July 2020

Do you have significant relevant experience setting and realising Research and Development Strategy in Nuclear Fusion Technology or a closely related field?

Are you a recognised expert in your field, with a background and international presence in the technology research community?

Do you have substantial knowledge and experience related to the practical delivery of new technology for a broad range of nuclear power plant challenges?

The UK Atomic Energy Authority have a rare opportunity for an experienced Chief Technologist (or Head of Research Programme) to join their team based either at the new Yorkshire Facility or Culham in Oxfordshire. The UKAEA`s Fusion Technology is a focal point for enabling the UK`s fusion expertise to move the industry into the age of power plant delivery. The team will enable industrial partners to develop, design, and validate prototype fusion reactor components in the conditions found inside fusion reactors.

You will be responsible for:

  • Forming part of the Fusion Technology Leadership Team and will provide strategic direction and advice to the technology research programmes across UKAEA`s portfolio
  • Providing oversight of significant multi-million pound Fusion Technology Research programmes within the business unit
  • Developing others, having a passion for enthusing large groups of scientists and engineers to deliver leading edge research and engineering across a broad range of nuclear power plant technology

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 people.

For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack.

Knowledge, skills and experience


  • PhD or equivalent qualification in physics, or an applied physics or engineering discipline
  • Proven experience as an internationally recognised expert in a relevant field, with a strong existing network across industry and academia
  • Demonstrable experience in setting and realising technical strategy in an R&D environment
  • Proven experience in effectively challenging and influencing at senior management and senior external stakeholder level
  • Demonstrable capability and judgement to initiate and develop technical programmes, influencing internal and external resource managers
  • Extensive experience and understanding of R&D work across a wide range of disciplines
  • Demonstrable ability to rationalise complex interactions between UK and international R&D programmes and the funding of competing research streams with the goals of developing fusion as a future power source

Special requirements

Selection methods and notes

  • 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 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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