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Materials Chemistry Engineer: isotopes and process innovation

Materials Chemistry Engineer: isotopes and process innovation

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.

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

Job Description

Who are we looking for?

We have a great opportunity for a Materials Chemistry Engineer to join UKAEA. Fusion is a low carbon, sustainable means to future energy for the uk. The Materials Division is a vibrant community of specialists, operating out of state of the art buildings, to help make this happen. The role is a new one, allowing for much personal scoping and a real thought leadership around isotope control, neutron based experiments, and process innovation. There is opportunity to work across a diverse range of materials fields, working with industry and suppliers.

If you have an ability to work well within a team and  you are able to readily articulate complex technical information to both specialist and non-specialist audiences as well as you can deliver high-quality results to tight timescales, then we would like to hear from you.

What will you be responsible for?

  • Organise and coordinate short- and long-term projects, scopes of work, funding and resources.
  • Deliver high quality, novel research and engineering in the field of nuclear materials design, including composition, and waste control.
  • Compile and present results within technical reports, at scientific conferences and through publication of high-quality research articles.
  • Build, and provide management to a small team of material scientists and engineers, providing research direction and allocating them to projects as required. 
  • Complete all aspects of line management and support recruitment activities.
  • Manage relationships with external collaborators (including universities, public sector research establishments, industry and regulators in fusion and related fields).

Please note that this role might have regular international travel and involve some work with low activation materials.


Essential skills, experience and competence required

  • A degree or equivalent experience in chemical engineering, metallurgy or related and relevant subject
  • Technical expertise in at least one of the following areas:

               -Nuclear materials / waste

               -Metallics (steels, alloys)

               -Microstructural analysis /design / modelling

               -Mechanical / corrosion testing

               -Materials fabrication / processing

               -Chemical analysis and design

  • Previous experience of working in a research environment (industry or academic)
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to adapt to and work within a variety of situations

Desirable skills, experience and competence

  • Prior experience of materials processing OR modelling 
  • A good understanding of nuclear environments and nuclear waste regulations nuclear waste
  • Experience of high-resolution analytical instruments 
  • Computational experience in modelling
  • A PhD in chemical engineering or related area
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 increased with length of service (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) plus bank holidays
  • 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. The Executive team with support from our EDI ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner and 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 22/12/2021 . 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.

Note for applicants who are applying for employment with UKAEA either from outside the United Kingdom or who have spent time outside the United Kingdom in the last five years. Please visit . If the country you are resident in or have resided in is not listed on this website or that the UK Government is not aware of how to obtain a criminal records check from that state then we are unable to process your application.

Materials (MRF)
Type of Employment
£49,396 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
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