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Science Programme Leader

The UK Atomic Energy Authority is seeking to recruit three Science Programme Leaders

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 30 Sep 2020
  • United Kingdom | UK Atomic Energy Authority
  • Date posted: 02 Sep 2020
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Disciplines: Nuclear, fusion & energy  | Engineering & instrumentation

Are you an experienced programme leader with significant experience in fusion?

Do you have an established international scientific reputation with experience in leading multi-national and multi-disciplinary teams?

If so, the UK Atomic Energy Authority is seeking three Science Programme Leaders to oversee the preparation and execution of a number of fusion programmes. These are:

  • Joint European Torus (JET) experimental campaigns post DTE2.
  • International science programmes, in particular ITER, JT-60SA and DEMO.
  • MAST Upgrade science programme.

You will be responsible for organising and managing UKAEA involvement in the relevant science programme and optimising the delivery of the scientific results.

Key areas of responsibility will include:

  • Managing UKAEA’s participation in the science programme, and participation from universities.
  • Establishing the scope of experimental campaigns and propose enhancements to maximize scientific output.
  • Organizing campaigns including agreeing timelines, managing visits of scientists and managing rosters.
  • Approving experiments for execution.
  • Optimizing programme delivery.
  • Developing a business development plan for Tokamak Science and ensure that UKAEA obtains commercial work on ITER and other devices, for example in the areas of modelling, diagnostics, control, operations etc.

At UKAEA, we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. 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 Inclusion 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.

Knowledge, skills and experience


  • A relevant university qualification in the physical sciences or engineering.
  • Detailed and extensive experience in Tokamak Science and the application to programme management, including organising, planning and co-ordinating workloads to meet established deadlines or milestones.
  • Demonstrable experience to influence and have credibility at international/funding forums.
  • Established international scientific reputation.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills.
  • Able to demonstrate a long-term vision for the Tokamak Science.
  • Experience in leading multi-national and multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Detailed knowledge of fusion stakeholders and organisational awareness of UKAEA and the international fusion programme.

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.
  • We actively promote equality and value 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.

Job ref: 4758

Job title: Science Programme Leader

Job yype: Permanent, Full Time

Location: Culham, Oxfordshire

Salary: £68,760 – £73,935 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme

Closing date: 30 September 2020


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