Core Engineering Group Leader

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
Culham, Abingdon
Closing date
23 Oct 2023

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Salary: £63,856 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire
Confirmed Grade: Level 6
Department: IED - Fusion Engineering Unit

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 leads the way in realizing fusion energy, partnering with industry and research for ground-breaking advancements. Our goal is to bring fusion electricity to the grid, supported by tomorrow's power stations. In pursuit of our mission, UKAEA embraces core values: Innovative, Committed, Trusted, and Collaborative.

As an employee of UKAEA you will benefit from:

- Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme, details of which can be found at the end of this advert.
- Corporate bonus scheme up to 7% and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).
- Flexible working options including family friendly policies.
- Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders.
- Emergency paid leave, Generous annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service.
- Wide range of career development opportunities.
- A vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive.

This role requires employees to complete an online Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS), including The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks for criminal convictions.

Job Description

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to make a difference? Join our team and contribute to the future of fusion energy. As Core Engineering Group Leader, you will play a pivotal role in leading and overseeing the CE team in providing advanced engineering, design, and R&D support for UKAEA Programs and Projects. This involves sourcing fusion experts and fostering partnerships to enhance CE capabilities. You will provide specialised expertise and leadership in a complex field, managing major projects, leading project teams on enhancement programs, future fusion devices, and related technology applications.

Additional Responsibilities

- Develop and encourage Group behaviours to maintain and grow the Group’s status as a centre of excellence for Plasma-Facing Components and associated engineering, within the UKAEA and further develop its status within the national and international fusion community.
- Identify technology shortfalls and conceptualise, plan and propose appropriate R&D activities or projects to ensure that technical risk is managed and to make strides in technical capability or efficiency, making use of state-of-the-art facilities where appropriate.
- You'll seek input from experts, shaping UKAEA's strategy and making strategic decisions, using your expertise in business development. You'll also provide specialised technical guidance in this intricate technical domain.
- Proactively connecting with technical people located at other sites to bring consensus and direction to any given programme activity.
- Empower and develop/support engineers being led on a project.


Essential Requirements

- A relevant engineering degree or equivalent.
- Chartered Engineer status with a suitable professional institution.
- Experience leading multi-disciplinary teams and supervising other staff.
- Ability to perform exploratory design calculations using first principles.
- Experience with complex engineering loads or environmental factors such as vacuum and magnetic fields.
- A good working knowledge of structural and thermal engineering, solid mechanics and engineering materials.

Additional Information

For a full list of benefits and to apply, select the apply button to be taken through to the UKAEA careers pages.

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, people with disabilities, and women. Our Executive team, supported by our 'Equality, Diversity and Inclusion' (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, actively promotes EDI and takes steps to increase diversity within our organization. We reinforce best practices in recruitment and selection and evaluate approaches to remove barriers to success.

Please note that vacancies are generally advertised for 4 weeks but may close earlier if we receive a large number of applications.

For applicants applying from outside the United Kingdom or those who have spent time outside the UK in the last five years, please visit the UK Government Website. If your country of residence or previous residence is not listed on the website or if the UK Government does not have information on obtaining a criminal records check from that state, we regret to inform you that we cannot 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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