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UKAEA, Culham, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
£32,404 to £49,400
Closing date
Jun 2, 2016
Last updated
May 5, 2016

Location: Culham, Oxfordshire
Salary: £32,404 – £49,400 pa dependent on experience plus industry leading benefits including an outstanding pension scheme
Closing date: 2nd June 2016

Do you want to help shape the future of the world`s energy? Nuclear fusion, the process that powers The Sun, can play a big part in our carbon-free energy future. The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) is part of the UK Atomic Energy Authority and is one of the world`s leading fusion research laboratories. Our scientists and engineers are working with partners around the globe to develop fusion as a new source of clean energy for tomorrow`s power stations.

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is seeking materials scientists/engineers to work on the cutting edge of nuclear materials research and development. There are positions available in the new £10M Materials Research Facility (MRF) and in the specialised UKAEA Materials Technology Group.

Jobs Available
We currently have two vacant posts in materials science & technology. The first is for a scientist to help procure, install, operate and do experimental research with mechanical and thermo-physical testing and other equipment in our new £10M Materials Research Facility, for both radioactive and non-active samples. The second is in the Technology Department in the area of materials evaluation, testing and performance to support the growth of UKAEA`s research into materials for nuclear environments.

Applications are encouraged from relatively inexperienced but high potential scientists and engineers as well as individuals with several years` experience. There is some flexibility in the exact job roles which may span the MRF and Materials Technology programmes.

Key responsibilities across the two posts include:

  • Provide state-of-the-art knowledge to UKAEA scientists, engineers and technologists concerning material performance in nuclear environments
  • Participate in – and lead some of – UKAEA`s research programs on materials for fusion. This will involve:
    • organisation and management of short and long term projects, both research and equipment procurement
    • arranging specimen procurement, sample preparation and testing
    • participating in the European fusion programme with other EU fusion laboratories
    • presenting of results at scientific conferences and journal publication
    • Interface with and advise scientists visiting to use CCFE facilities and if necessary operate equipment for them
    • Work with external collaborators (including universities, public sector research establishments and industry in fusion and related fields) in order to complement CCFE`s internal capability, offer access to additional expert knowledge and to facilitate new project proposals

Knowledge skills and experience


  • A degree OR equivalent experience in materials science/engineering or other relevant areas
  • Demonstrable experience of managing or conducting research projects with a degree of autonomy
  • Commercial awareness and customer-interaction skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-motivated and capable of working in a team

The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role.

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