Research and Development Engineer

Overview of Responsibilities

Who are we looking for?



The H3AT Department requires an experienced and qualified engineering team to focus on key technologies that will be needed to address the challenges of first-generation fusion power stations. 

They will contribute to the design, function and enhancement of world class fusion devices on site as well as developing new facilities that advance enabling technologies for the international market in fusion development. These projects embody our mission to develop nuclear fusion as a source of energy generation, demonstrating the technology with a view to it ultimately becoming commercialised.

The position of Research and Development Engineer sits within the H3AT Tritium Innovation Unit. The Unit seeks engineers, with varied technical expertise, to complete projects to a high standard according to established technical management processes and deliver solutions of engineering integrity commensurate with nuclear operations. In addition, they carry out research and development into the scientific principles underpinning potential technical challenges, building experimental apparatus and prototyping rigs to evaluate relevant technologies.


What will you be responsible for?

  • Designing, installing, commissioning tritium compatible fuel cycle systems, subsystems, and experiments
  • Appraising fuel cycle relevant science and engineering, authoring concept designs and technology reviews
  • Authoring and managing technical documentation such as design specifications, schematics, flow diagrams, philosophies, commissioning documents, and datasheets
  • Leading or supporting project management activities including budget, schedule, and risks
  • Ensuring Safety, Health and Environment site culture and working practices are upheld

There is a possibility of working in radioactive areas.

£36,397 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
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 xx/xx/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.

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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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