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Manufacturing Engineer / Scientist

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire or Rotherham, Yorkshire
£36,397 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Closing date
5 Aug 2021
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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?

Several exciting opportunities have opened up to for Manufacturing Engineers or Scientists to join our team based at either Culham or Rotherham sites. You will be joining the Manufacturing Technology and Equipment Qualification Group which undertakes research and testing projects for the development and qualification of novel component manufacturing solutions, in support of Tokamak projects such as ITER, DEMO, STEP and others. This includes assessment and NDE inspection of existing components as well as advancing the manufacturability of new component designs for future projects. You will be supporting the departments within the organisation during projects.

These projects are all directly concerned with using state of the art manufacturing and testing methodologies to help deliver commercially viable nuclear fusion in the UK.

What will you be responsible for?

- Driving advanced manufacturing projects that may cover the full range of Technology Readiness Level (TRL)

- Using experience to contribute and provide state-of-the-art knowledge to UKAEA colleagues concerning advanced manufacturing and/or NDE inspection, recommending testing solutions as needed and drive development in areas of expertise.

- Working both within multi-disciplinary teams and acting as a technical lead on projects

- Working with external collaborators creating links in order to complement UKAEA's internal capability, offer expert knowledge to facilitate new project proposals.


Essential skills, experience and competence required

You will need to have degree, or preferably higher, in materials, metallurgy, mechanical engineering, or related science.

Specialist knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas – manufacturing and processing of materials, additive manufacturing, NDT and in situ monitoring, welding and joining, design of experiments, qualification and certification.

Experience in project scoping, research proposal preparation, project management and delivery

Experience of developing complex experiments and testing equipment

Excellent verbal presentation and report writing skills

Experience of dealing with project stakeholders, customers, and internal staff at all levels

Desirable skills, experience and competence

Demonstrable experience of component design activities in a manufacturing environment (requirements, technical specification, concept design, detailed design, design reviews, procurement, etc)

Demonstrable experience of additive manufacturing and advanced welding and joining techniques

Demonstrable experience of NDT and associated inspection and monitoring technologies

Possession of, or significant progress towards, accreditation with a professional body (e.g. CEng)

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.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 05/08/2021. 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.


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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