Core Engineering Group Leader

Overview of Responsibilities

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.
£63,856 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
IED - Fusion Engineering Unit
Type of Employment

Additional Information

A full list of our benefits can be found here

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 following link for information on criminal records checks: 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.

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What can I expect from the application process at UKAEA?

Once you have submitted a formal application via our website, all CVs will be reviewed shortly after the closing date of the advert.

  • Submit online application

  • Phone interview

  • Face-to-face or virtual interview

  • Other assessments

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in 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 that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

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