MRF Mechanical Design Engineer

Culham, Oxfordshire
£30,341 - £50,936 (Including MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
08 Oct 2019
07 Nov 2019

Job Ref: 3904

Job Title: MRF Mechanical Design Engineer

Job type: Permanent Full Time

Location: Culham, Oxfordshire

Salary: £30,341 - £50,936 (Including MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme

Closing date: 7th November 2019

Are you a mechanical design engineer with the ability to create novel mechanical designs from concept to realisation?

Are you interested in having a direct contribution in shaping the future of the world`s energy?

The Materials Research Facility (MRF) is a state-of-the-art research facility created to analyse material properties in support of both fission and fusion energy research. The MRF is currently consolidating its scientific capabilities and is expected to grow into a full operational laboratory with 5 hot-cells for sample preparation and 20 shielded research rooms for scientific evaluation. At the MRF small-scale active samples can be prepared in the hot cells before being studied using a range of scientific instruments (e.g. electronic microscopes, thermophysical instruments, micromechanical testers, etc.).

Key accountabilities for the MRF design engineer will include developing creative design solutions for integration of sensitive scientific equipment for work in a harsh environment.
Further the role will involve engineering of transport systems for radioactive specimens, adaptation of equipment for sample preparation, and the development of robotic systems for remote handling of active materials.

Other areas of accountability will include:

-Creation and design of effective remote handling mechanical and robotic devices and tooling from concept through systems specifications to detail designs.
-Substantiation of designs through hand calculations and analysis.
-Supervision of engineers and draughtsman to maintain high design standards
-Liaison with customers and/or suppliers.
-Drive and completion of complex design activities within allotted time and with high efficiency, ensuring designs are compliant with the relevant design codes.
-Managing the acceptance, testing and commissioning of complex mechanical systems.

We offer a range of excellent benefits including a total of 30.5 days annual leave (including bank holidays, privilege days and time off between Christmas and New Year), a generous pension, a range of personal and professional development opportunities, an on-site sports and social club and much more! Please look through the attached application pack where they are fully explained.

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

-Engineering council recognised mechanical engineering degree or equivalent experience
-Experience in mechanism design and use of 3D CAD
-Experience in design substantiation analysis using hand calculations
-Good working knowledge of structural and thermal engineering, solid mechanics and engineering materials
-Competence in generating technical documents and specifications
-Ability to work as part of a larger team or group

-Experience in engineering design in a nuclear context
-Experience in finite element techniques
-Experience in use of MATLAB or equivalent
-Membership of a Professional Engineering Institution

Special requirements:
Special requirements:
-Work in radiation and beryllium-controlled areas may be required as part of the 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

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.


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