Head of Research Programme

Overview of Responsibilities

Who are we looking for?

As Head of Research Programme you will report directly to the Head of RACE. You’ll be responsible for the maintenance and expansion of the research portfolio for the business unit.  RACE Head of Research Programmes forms an intrinsic part of the RACE leadership team which has the responsibility for developing RACE’s reputation as a ‘go to’ source of forward-thinking operational expertise, innovation, consultancy and training for users of remote handling equipment.

What will you be responsible for?

  • Leading the identification of ‘RACE ideas’ both with fusion and beyond, exploring new technologies and applications feeding into next generation remote operations and maintenance. 
  • Designing and communicating RACE research strategy. 
  • Lead creating and winning new research work. 
  • Lead on Research Programmes across all RACE ‘disciplines’ (mechanical, electrical, software, operations). 
  • Lead the identification of ‘RACE ideas’ both with fusion and beyond, exploring new technologies and applications feeding into next generation remote operations and maintenance. 
  • Supporting development of skills across RACE. 
  • Supporting project delivery as technical consultants to all RACE projects, with particular input on consistent use of technology and methods 
  • Develop and executes strategies for building and exploiting valuable and disruptive IP relevant to RACE activities. 
  • Connect to UKAEA’s ‘Fellows’ stream creating a culture of strong cross-UKAEA technical experts. 
  • Promote RACE delivery internationally. 
  • Develop RACE collaborations internationally. Strengthen collaborations with Horizon scan opportunities. 

Budget Responsibility

Responsible for developing proposals and leading research activities up to a value of £10M per annum.

Salary
£78,096 to £82,814 (inclusive of Scarcity Area MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Programme
RACE
Department
RACE Operations
Discipline
Type of Employment
Full-time

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 23/10/2022 . We may close earlier than this date 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 Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

Note for applicants who are applying for employment with UKAEA either from outside the United Kingdom or who have spent time outside the United Kingdom in the last five years. Please visit  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-records-checks-for-overseas-applicants. If the country you are resident in or have resided in is not listed on this website or that the UK Government is not aware of how to obtain a criminal records check from that state then we are unable to 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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