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Technology Development Lead

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire
£60,317 to £63,855 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Closing date
17 Feb 2023

Job Details

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in strategically contributing 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 (Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative) that capture the spirit of how we work.

Job Description

Who are we looking for?

We have a great opportunity for a Principal Development Engineer to join UKAEA as Leader for the STEP Magnet Joints Technology Development workstream.

As a critical technology for STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production), the UK’s fusion powerplant project, this role sits at the centre of developing the technological solution to bringing fusion power to the grid. You'll be responsible for leading a team of engineers to develop low maturity magnet joint technologies into application ready solutions supported by robust verification evidence. You'll also be responsible for the development of enabling tools and facilities on which the successful development of magnet joint technologies relies.

You will become a member of the Technology Development group, a multi-disciplinary team that develops and verifies emergent technology concepts, working on a broad portfolio of projects across the UKAEA organisation. The focus of the team is on delivering practical, innovative technology solutions which support the realisation of commercially viable fusion power through developing technologies fit for the extreme demands of the fusion powerplant environment.

You must bring a track record of technology development and interdisciplinary leadership – magnet and cryogenic experience is desirable but not essential.

What will you be responsible for?

- Leading the Remountable Joints Technology Development workstream within the Joints Programme including all associated research & development activities and test programmes
- Act as intelligent customer to the Remountable Joints Test Rig development project
- Deputise for the Programme Technical Lead
- Act as technical expert on remountable magnet joints (this knowledge is not an essential requirement at application)
- Leading the remountable magnet joints team to specify, plan and deliver robust testing and verification plans to evaluate remountable magnet joint technologies in representative extreme environments (gamma and neutron radiation, cryogenic temperatures)
- Developing networks and work with external collaborators (including universities, public sector research establishments and industry) to complement UKAEA's internal capability, accessing additional expert knowledge in e.g. manufacturability and supply chain capability
- Developing junior team members, share best practice, promote respect, inclusion, and opportunity across UKAEA
- Representing UKAEA on international forums, participate in conferences and meetings globally. Present completed novel activities at conferences and submit associated papers for journal publication


Essential skills, experience and competence required

- Experience of successfully delivering Technology Development (or R&D) projects
- Experience of leading multi-disciplinary teams
- Demonstrable ability and enthusiasm for scaling steep learning curves
- Strong verbal and written communication and stakeholder management skills
- Degree or higher in relevant subject
- Ability to build first class relationships internally, externally, and in a multinational community

Desirable skills, experience and competence

- Strong technical knowledge of superconducting magnet technologies and/or materials
- Experience of specifying complex testing programmes
- Experience of successfully delivering critical workstreams
- Experience of being responsible for the professional development of others
- MSc or PhD relevant to superconducting magnet technologies
- Chartered Engineer or Physicist (e.g. IOP, IMechE, IET, IOM3)

Additional Information

What we offer

Our comprehensive benefits package includes a vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive, an Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, Flexible working options including family friendly policies, Emergency paid leave, Generous annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service, wide range of career development opportunities, outstanding defined benefit pension scheme; Corporate bonus scheme and a 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 and women. The Executive Team with support from our ‘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.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 17/02/2023. 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 or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

Note for applicants who are applying for employment with UKAEA either from outside the United Kingdom or who have spent time outside the United Kingdom in the last five years. Please visit the UK Government website. If the country you are resident in or have resided in is not listed on this website or that the UK Government is not aware of how to obtain a criminal records check from that state then we are unable to process your application.


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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