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Magnetic Field Effects Specialist

Magnetic Field Effects Specialist

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. UK Atomic Energy Authority (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.

Job Description

Who are we looking for?

CHIMERA is a unique fusion technology facility intended to offer testing environments for metre-scale components in simultaneous extreme temperature, heat flux and both static and dynamic electromagnetic environments representative of fusion reactor conditions.

We are looking to recruit a proactive Magnetic Field Effects Specialist with a Master’s Degree or higher, in engineering, physics, technology or a similar appropriate scientific field. You will be required to be a specialist expert in the area of magnetic field effects on structures, systems and components under test in fusion conditions.

This role will allow you to work alongside the CHIMERA Technology Manager to understand and produce leading edge research into all aspects of how test specimens behave under elevated temperature high static and dynamic electromagnetic magnetic forces – on both a microstructural and component level. This is a truly unique facility and analysis of this nature has not been possible, until now, outside of an actual fusion reactor.

What will you be responsible for?

  • Providing technical/scientific leadership and provision of state-of-the-art expert knowledge and testing capabilities to design engineers and technologists, recommending testing methodologies and solutions as needed.
  • Leading the new research area for UKAEA into the effects of high magnetic fields on fusion reactor structures, systems and components, including superconductors and insulators. 
  • Working on analysis using classic and numerical methods to support component design and materials performance modelling studies.
  • Communicating with metallurgists / material technologists with regard to microstructural effects of high strength electromagnetic field exposure
  • Working with UKAEA engineering analysts and ensure appropriate adherence to international and fusion-specific design standards.

Please note you might need to make presentations on behalf of UKAEA as required as well as develop and maintain relevant technical networks.


Essential skills, experience and competence required

  • Master’s Degree or higher, in engineering, physics, technology or a similar appropriate scientific field, preferably with Chartered status of a relevant institution
  • Proven expert in magnetic field effects analysis and a good working knowledge of engineering materials and their properties
  • Experience with other relevant environmental factors such as vacuum, high temperatures and /or nuclear irradiation
  • Familiarity with data collection, handling, analysis and interpretation techniques
  • Proven ability to act a senior point of approval for technical solutions / designs.
  • Ability to understand, influence, drive and negotiate with internal and external customers, suppliers and colleagues

Desirable skills, experience and competence

  • Familiarity with material performance modelling and/or digital twin techniques
  • Chartered status of a relevant institution
Additional Information

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’ (EDI) partner, with the support from our Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 22nd May 2021. We may close earlier than this date 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.

Fusion Technology - Business and Operations
Type of Employment
£60,317 to £63,855 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
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