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.
Responsible for developing proposals and leading research activities up to a value of £10M per annum.
Essential skills, experience and competence required
- Recognised leader in the nuclear robotics community.
- Significant experience in nuclear fusion and decommissioning fields.
- Expert level knowledge across a range of robotics fields such as mechatronics, planning, control, AI, Digital Twins, Machine Learning, HRI.
- Extensive industrial research experience including complex international collaborative projects.
- Knowledge of remote handling systems and remote operations is highly desirable as is Knowledge of nuclear operations and/or petrochemical operations.
- Proven ability to interact efficiently with people in a variety of different situations.
- Proven track record of building relationships, networks, and collaborations with industry and academia.
- Proven track record of securing funding including from Research Councils
- Understanding of UK and international funding schemes and systems.
- Engineering or technology PhD or equivalent experience in industrial research. Chartered Engineer.
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.
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