Materials Scientist (3 Year FTA)

Overview of Responsibilities

Who are we looking for?

3 Year Fixed Term Appointment

The materials business unit is a growing and vibrant community of about 70 individuals based in a state of the art laboratory on the Culham campus. The team is growing, and interfaces with physicists, robotics experts, and tritium scientists across the globe. The work allows unique access to the world’s largest set of working tokamaks on one site, and contributes to one of the most exciting imperatives for the energy security of our planet, fusion.

What will you be responsible for?

  • Participating in UKAEA’s research programs on materials for fusion
  • Organising, supporting and coordinating short- and long-term projects, arranging specimen/data procurement, scope of work, funding and resources for sample preparation, testing, modelling
  • Delivering high quality, novel research or engineering in the field of nuclear materials through own endeavour and creative input
  • Compiling and presenting results within technical reports, at scientific conferences and through publication of high-quality research articles
  • Working with external collaborators (including universities, public sector research establishments and industry in fusion and related fields) in order to complement UKAEA’s internal capability
  • Contributing to the development and positive reinforcement of UKAEA’s knowledge base, design rules and practices in the area of materials & nuclear physics research and development

Expect to work in radioactive areas. There is some travel required for this role.

£36,397 to £38,620 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Materials (MRF)
Type of Employment

Additional Information

What we offer

Our comprehensive benefits package includes a vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive, an Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, Flexible working options including family friendly policies, Emergency paid leave, Generous annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service, wide range of career development opportunities, outstanding defined benefit pension scheme; Corporate bonus scheme and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities and women. The Executive team with support from our ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 16/12/2022 . We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

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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

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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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