Senior Nuclear Technologist

08 Mar 2018
17 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Part Time

Senior Nuclear Technologist

Job Ref: 2664

Job type: Permanent Full Time

Location: Culham, Oxfordshire

Salary: £44,959- £ 50,272 pa (including MPP), dependent on experience plus industry leading benefits including an outstanding pension scheme

Closing date: 8th April 2018

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. Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (the research arm of the UK Atomic Energy Authority), is one of the world`s leading fusion research laboratories. In addition, UKAEA is also growing a major fusion technology programme, focussing on major challenges facing future fusion power stations.

In addition, £85m has recently been secured for UKAEA to build two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation, further cementing UKAEA leading role in this transformative new energy technology.

The Nuclear Technology Group supports and develops fusion technologies and underpinning research & development programmes by leading the application and development of nuclear modelling codes, tools and nuclear data. It leads and supports relevant experimental activities with collaborators for the purposes of benchmarking, testing and validation of codes, data and nuclear instrumentation, and provides technical advice on associated radiometric techniques. The group works across programmes to advance UKAEA capabilities in nuclear areas and work with national laboratories, academia and industry to improve the UK’s wider nuclear capability, and exploit synergies to develop research and commercial opportunities in fusion and non-fusion nuclear modelling, measurement and nuclear diagnostic areas.

We are seeking a Senior Nuclear Technologist, who will lead and ensure delivery of a range of scientific projects requiring nuclear modelling and experimental analyses in a range of nuclear application areas. Requiring excellent oral and written communications, and in ensuring that project outputs are of the highest scientific standard, the person should be able to work independently, to grow new work areas and the reputation of UKAEA. The role will require in-depth technical understanding of nuclear technologies and their associated radiological fields, primarily in fusion and fission, but also an awareness of nuclear medicine and accelerator technology areas would be an advantage. Typical projects will involve establishing, leading and participating in work areas that involve the application (and potentially development) of computational nuclear analysis tools, such as MCNP and FISPACT-II. In addition, participation in the development of experimental nuclear areas, for example involving neutron and gamma spectrometry technologies is required.

Key accountabilities/responsibilities include

• Work closely with the Nuclear Technology Group Leader and relevant programme managers to develop strategy and align resources to successfully deliver research grants, contracts and milestones

• Lead the development of proposals to grow existing work areas and develop new areas

• Lead the delivery of a portfolio of technical work areas on time and to budget, using nuclear analysis tools, such as MCNP and FISPACT

• Ensure oral and written communications of projects are produced to a high standard

• Communicate/present progress regularly with staff, and with academic or commercial project partners

• Participate in related work involving experimental areas

• Form, develop and maintain links with external professional networks, universities and collaborators

Essential Aptitudes and Experience

  • Significant track record of relevant academic or project work evidenced though publications or equivalent technical reports
  • A minimum 2.1 or equivalent in a relevant physical sciences, mathematics or engineering or degree, or equivalent
  • Demonstrable experience (at least 5 years) of managing and delivering scientific projects with multiple tasks and controlling budgets
  • Excellent communication skills, written and spoken, particularly ability to understand and explain complex requirements to non-specialists in a constructive manner
  • Experience with projects involving nuclear analysis
  • Flexible with a strong ability to work in a team

Desirable Experience

  • Experience with radiation detection methods and technologies
  • Experience with scientific programming
  • Knowledge and/or experience with: magnetic confinement fusion; CAD modelling software/tools; high performance computing

Special Requirements

  • May be required to work with ionising radiation at times as a non-classified worker under the ionising radiation regulations (1999)

Selection Method(s):

  • If shortlisted for interview, as part of the selection process you may be expected to provide examples of written reports and publications you have authored prior to interview.


- Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated 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 Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) 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.

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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