Equipment Scientist

Overview of Responsibilities

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

    The Role

    Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to make a difference? Join our team and contribute to the future of fusion energy. As an MRF Equipment Scientist, you will play a pivotal operational role in the Materials Research Facility (MRF). Your role will be to enable research and experimental activities in the MRF, either alone or in a team, either with customers, or as part of UKAEA research (sometimes in collaboration with universities and overseas research organisations).   

    You will enable the day to day running of equipment, conducting experiments using specialist scientific equipment, utilise scientific equipment to produce samples for further analysis, deliver training and oversee maintenance. You will participate in the acquisition, installation and integration of new equipment, and in the development of new materials testing techniques, as driven by customer requirements, appropriate to radioactive specimens in MRF’s hot cell and shielded room environments.Whilst there are focused areas of expertise, cross training is encouraged. 

    Additional Responsibilities:

    • Responsible for day to day running of some scientific equipment, operations, maintenance, interacting with customers and service engineers. 
    • Work with external collaborators including UK and overseas universities, public sector research establishments and industry in fusion, fission and other fields. These will often be world leading institutions. 
    • Preparation of safety and training documentation, for example: risk assessments, method statements, reports, testing and commissioning procedures and operating instructions for scientific equipment.  
    • Work with other groups such as Engineering to deliver equipment integration, and Technicians and Health Physics to deliver experimental work.    
    • Responsible for purchasing equipment and consumables up to £10k (but providing technical input to procurement projects in the hundreds of £k).  
    £38,620 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
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    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.


    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 7and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).
    • Flexible working options including family friendly policies.
    • Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, 
    • Generous annual leave allowance starting with 25 days, plus 3 days Christmas closure and 2.5 privilege days, in addition to UK bank holidays
    • Wide range of career development opportunities
    • A vibrant culture committed to equality and being fully inclusive
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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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