Tritium Plant Engineer

Culham, Oxford
£32,993 to £37,069
03 Jul 2018
02 Aug 2018
Job Type

Tritium Plant Engineer

Job Ref: 2342

Job type: Permanent, Full Time

Location: Culham, Oxfordshire

Salary: £32,993 to £37,069 pa (including MPP), dependent on experience plus industry leading benefits including an outstanding pension scheme

Closing date: 2nd August 2018


Do you want to help shape the future of the world`s energy? Nuclear fusion, the process that powers the Sun, can play a big part in our carbon-free energy future. The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) is one of the world`s leading fusion research laboratories. Our scientists and engineers are working with partners around the globe to develop fusion as a new source of clean energy for tomorrow`s power stations.

The Tritium Engineering and Science Group (TESG) at UKAEA is responsible for the operation, maintenance and development of the tritium systems housed within the Active Gas Handling System (AGHS) at JET. JET is currently the only tritium compatible tokomak worldwide and the role of the AGHS is to supply, recover, process and recirculate the hydrogen isotopes, including tritium, which are used in the fusion reaction within the Torus. It consists of a number of main pumping and process sub-systems and several ancillary analytical and storage sub-systems. The group also carries out detritiation work, to minimise the impact of tritium on future JET operations, and development projects supporting the European Fusion Programme and the CCFE Technology programme.

We are looking for engineers to join the TESG to contribute to the operational activities the group undertakes.

The main responsibilities of the role include:

-Undertaking maintenance activities and installing new equipment, leading the design, procurement, inspecting and testing of such equipment and preparing procedures for plant operation and maintenance

-Operating the AGHS facility from its control room. You will be expected to attain an operational appointment to lead, or take part in, a shift running the AGHS facility upon successful completion of a training program

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 its people.

For further information on why UKAEA is a great place to work please review our recruitment video via the following link:

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

Knowledge skills and experience


-A relevant Degree or equivalent level in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical/Process or Nuclear Engineering

-Proven experience in a high technology environment experience in one or more of: design, commissioning and operation of process plant, cryogenics, design and construction of large experimental apparatus, involvement in HAZOP studies and/or design reviews, generation of work packs and risk assessments

-Good interpersonal and communication skills


-Worked in a quality driven environment utilising a technical control system, for example a regulated industry.

-Ability to write and follow procedural documentation and have a responsible approach to safety.

-Experience in MS Project.

-Experience in the operation of a plant handling radioactive materials, including procedural and safety requirements

Special requirements:

-The appointee will be required to work in Beryllium and Radiation controlled areas. All necessary training and registration for this will be provided by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority

-The working hours are 8.15 to 16.30, Monday to Friday. However, as JET experimental tritium campaigns are staffed in 24/7 shifts, the appointee must be prepared to work shifts.

Selection Method(s): 

-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 discuss with the hiring manager or HR if you have any concerns.

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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