Technology Development Lead
Overview of Responsibilities
Who are we looking for?
We have a great opportunity for a Principal Development Engineer to join UKAEA as Leader for the STEP Magnet Joints Technology Development workstream.
As a critical technology for STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production), the UK’s fusion powerplant project, this role sits at the centre of developing the technological solution to bringing fusion power to the grid. You’ll be responsible for leading a team of engineers to develop low maturity magnet joint technologies into application ready solutions supported by robust verification evidence. You’ll also be responsible for the development of enabling tools and facilities on which the successful development of magnet joint technologies relies.
You will become a member of the Technology Development group, a multi-disciplinary team that develops and verifies emergent technology concepts, working on a broad portfolio of projects across the UKAEA organisation. The focus of the team is on delivering practical, innovative technology solutions which support the realisation of commercially viable fusion power through developing technologies fit for the extreme demands of the fusion powerplant environment.
You must bring a track record of technology development and interdisciplinary leadership – magnet and cryogenic experience is desirable but not essential
What will you be responsible for?
Leading the Remountable Joints Technology Development workstream within the Joints Programme including all associated research & development activities and test programmes
Act as intelligent customer to the Remountable Joints Test Rig development project
Deputise for the Programme Technical Lead
Act as technical expert on remountable magnet joints (this knowledge is not an essential requirement at application)
Leading the remountable magnet joints team to specify, plan and deliver robust testing and verification plans to evaluate remountable magnet joint technologies in representative extreme environments (gamma and neutron radiation, cryogenic temperatures).
Developing networks and work with external collaborators (including universities, public sector research establishments and industry) to complement UKAEA’s internal capability, accessing additional expert knowledge in e.g. manufacturability and supply chain capability.
Developing junior team members, share best practice, promote respect, inclusion, and opportunity across UKAEA.
Representing UKAEA on international forums, participate in conferences and meetings globally. Present completed novel activities at conferences and submit associated papers for journal publication.
Essential skills, experience and competence required
Experience of successfully delivering Technology Development (or R&D) projects
Experience of leading multi-disciplinary teams
Demonstrable ability and enthusiasm for scaling steep learning curves
Strong verbal and written communication and stakeholder management skills
Degree or higher in relevant subject
Ability to build first class relationships internally, externally, and in a multinational community
Desirable skills, experience and competence
Strong technical knowledge of superconducting magnet technologies and/or materials
Experience of specifying complex testing programmes
Experience of successfully delivering critical workstreams
Experience of being responsible for the professional development of others
MSc or PhD relevant to superconducting magnet technologies
Chartered Engineer or Physicist (e.g. IOP, IMechE, IET, IOM3)
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 17/02/2022 . We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.
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