MRF Mechanical Design Engineer

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
Culham, Abingdon
£30,341- £44,936 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
Closing date
9 Oct 2019
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Do you want to work in the MRF, our new, state-of-the-art nuclear materials research facility?

We need experienced engineers, scientists and technicians for its expanding and wide-ranging investment, commissioning and operation programmes.

The UK Atomic Energy Authority has an excellent opportunity for an experienced mechanical design engineer to join its Materials Research Facility team and work on a wide range of parallel projects.

The nature of the work means you may be eligible for an ongoing enhanced payment, the circumstances in which this would be the case, can be explained at interview.

Key accountabilities include developing creative design solutions for integration of sensitive scientific equipment for work in a harsh environment, transport systems for radioactive specimens, adaptation of equipment for sample preparation, and development of robotic systems for remote handling of active material.

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.

Knowledge skills and experience

-Relevant degree level (or equivalent) qualification
-Proven track record of delivering and leading technical projects and design using 3D CAD
-Record of creative engineering design and calculations from first principles
-Good working knowledge of structural and thermal engineering, solid mechanics and engineering materials
-Technical writing skills

- Engineering design in a nuclear context

Special requirements:
-Work in radiation-controlled areas or in beryllium-controlled areas

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

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.


Do you want to help shape the future of the world's energy? If so, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy is the place to be and we can offer a range of career opportunities. These include scientific and engineering roles, as well as technical and administrative positions supporting our research programme.

We have professionally accredited training schemes for graduate engineers and apprentices, and strong links with universities around the UK for PhD placements, as well as job vacancies for various positions when they occur, working in a friendly international environment. 


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