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Safety Case Engineer

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire
£43,396 to £46,293, excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Closing date
21 Feb 2022

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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.

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking a Safety Case Engineer to contribute to, and produce, safety analyses and preparation of safety documentation for existing and future fusion facilities both at UKAEA and in the wider fusion community.

As the Safety Case Engineer, your role would be based within the Safety Case Engineering Team under the ‘Engineering Authority’ strand of the Office of the Chief Engineer, which is a collective of engineering specialists and generalists.

This department provides technical governance for the full lifecycle of all UKAEA’s engineering activities, providing the ‘Engineering Authority’ and ‘Fusion Safety Authority’ that are important to realising effective and safe technical outcomes.

As the Safety Case Engineer within the Office of the Chief Engineer, you will be a role model within UKAEA and will be held to high behavioural standards. The key values, as agreed by members of the Engineering Authority, are: integrity and honesty; accessibility and visibility; empowering and enabling; proportionate and targeted; learning and improving. To succeed in this role, you will have to strive to fulfil all of these competencies.

What will you be responsible for?

- Produce and contribute to the preparation of Safety Case documents for facilities within UKAEA and other planned fusion facilities. This involves carrying out Design Basis Analysis and Probabilistic Risk Assessment
- Assessment of Safety Case Modifications which includes collecting information from the Responsible Officer for the modification and from the facility manager and reviewing the existing safety case and determining whether the safety limits are being challenged
- Production of Technical Reports in support of the Safety Case. This would involve research into assessment methods and selecting an appropriate methodology
- Work with a range of stakeholders to obtain information relevant to the safety cas and produce technical reports in support of the safety cases
- Attending and inputting into the design review process
- Contribute to ensuring modern best practices methodologies and technologies are followed

Essential skills, experience and competence required

- Experience in Safety Case Production
- Extensive experience in preforming Design Basis Analysis and Probabilistic Risk Assessment
- Training and experience in undertaking HAZOP studies
- Experience of Fault Schedule production
- Degree or equivalent in a science or engineering discipline
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. The Executive Team, with support from our EDI ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner and 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 21st February. 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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