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Senior Materials Engineer

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
Culham, Abingdon
£49,396 to £52,293
Closing date
11 Aug 2021
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Senior Materials Engineer

Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK


Department: Materials (MRF)

Salary: £49,396 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension

Confirmed Grade: Level 5

Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire

Company Description

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.

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking to recruit a Senior Materials Engineer to work within our Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) team who are dedicated to the development and enhancement of nuclear materials, ranging from low to high TRL (technology readiness level). The team carry out a number of activities such as microstructural design, evaluation of the impact on properties arising from novel manufacturing and joining at interfaces and combinatorial load impact assessments under irradiation or corrosive conditions, to name but a few.

What will you be responsible for?

Providing leadership for the steels / multifunctional corrosion barriers / composites material development activities.

Organising and coordinating research projects, arranging specimens / data procurement, developing a suitable scope of work, securing funding and resources for sample preparation, testing and modelling activities.

Working with multi-disciplinary teams to develop material requirements alongside generating innovative novel materials solutions to aid in solving engineering problems.

Developing collaborations with external stakeholders in order to complement our internal testing capability and obtain access to expertise and facilities internationally.

Building and providing management to a small team of material scientists and engineers, providing research direction and allocating them to projects as required.

Please note that this role may include international travel and you will be expected to work with radioactive materials and / or beamline facilities.

Applications are welcomed from those who may not demonstrate sufficient experience at this grade, and as part of the interview process, may be considered for a role at an alternate grade instead.

Essential skills, experience and competence required

A degree or equivalent experience in materials science, physics, chemistry or related and relevant subject as well as demonstrated leadership of research projects and programmes

Ability to work with uncertain and changing technical requirements

Experience in leadership / line management

Previous experience of working in a laboratory environment / materials research group / experimental campaign.

You will also possess specialist experience in one of the following areas:

Steels (ideally including high-temperature steels and nanostructured variants such as oxide dispersion strengthened steels) OR

Corrosion and / or hydrogen permeation barrier and coating materials (demonstrable experience in the areas of non-aqueous corrosion protection and/or thermal barrier coatings is particularly welcomed) OR

Composites and non-metallic materials (experience of silicon carbide composites is beneficial).

Desirable skills, experience and competence

A PhD in materials science or related area

Prior experience of materials processing OR development OR analysis OR modelling OR qualification for engineering applications

A good understanding of nuclear environments and irradiation damage

Experience of high-resolution analytical instruments (SEM, XRD, TEM etc.) OR experience with Fortran / C# /FEA type models OR experience in engineering design codes

A strong publication track-record

Experience in preparing funding grant applications

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. 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 23rd August 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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