UKAEA Graduate Scheme 2023 – Science and Engineering – H3AT

Overview of Responsibilities

Department description

The Hydrogen-3 Advanced Technology (H3AT) department is responsible for ensuring successful fuel handling, for both current and future fusion systems. Our operations and maintenance teams enable the Active Gas Processing Plant Facilities to supply, process and remove tritium from JET, the current world-record holder for fusion power. Our research teams look to push the boundaries of tritium knowledge so that the next generation of fuel cycle systems are capable of meeting the demands of the future. Now is an exciting time to join the team, as we develop our new H3AT facility, which will be a world-class testing and research plant for tritium-related technologies.

Graduates within the department will have the opportunity to work on a range of projects, directly contributing to experiments and getting hands-on experience within our facilities. We are looking for enthusiastic candidates from both scientific and engineering disciplines, who are keen to advance tritium understanding and make sustainable fusion energy generation a reality.

Who are we looking for? 

We have excellent opportunities for motivated and enthusiastic graduates to join our two-year graduate scheme, this vacancy is for those interested in working in engineering and scientific research. As part of our exciting scheme, you will spend 80% of your time developing both your general work-related skills and professional qualifications through working on department projects, with 20% of your working time dedicated to graduate training and development. UKAEA has a nurturing community that learns from each other. 

Within the 20% training and development, there is a core suite of activities designed to develop your professional and business skills. Elements of this programme are flexible and can be tailored to your personal development needs and to those of your specific job role.

What opportunities does the graduate scheme cover? 

Roles and examples of the type of work/projects you would be involved in include:

  • Contribute to our tritium science programmes and H3AT work packages.


  • Assist with the planning, design, commissioning, execution and analysis of scientific experiments.


  • Contribute to the writing of scientific papers, potentially presenting work at UK and international conferences.


  • Support H3AT teams perform practical activities associated with component maintenance, testing and calibration of Key Safety Related Equipment (KSRE) and Key Plant (KP) as directed by local instructions and testing schedules.


  • Maintain, develop, record and relay information pertaining to the construction, operation, function and modification of engineering systems and experimental apparatus. This includes, but not limited to, manuals for components, system drawings and maintenance/operational records.


  • Ensure that all work and modifications to experimental apparatus are recorded in accordance with UKAEA procedures.


  • Prepare and maintain Operating Instructions (OI), Work Control Packs (WCP), Risk Assessments (RA) and Method Statements (MS) documentation associated to plant operations.


  • Ensuring that the Safety, Health and Environment culture and working practices are in alignment with the UKAEA requirements.


Our scheme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and the Institute of Physics (IoP) as a professional development scheme.

Starting at £29,000 + excellent benefits
Graduate Scheme Generic
Type of Employment

Additional Information

What is the recruitment process? 

All applications will be initially reviewed by our Early Careers Team and then passed on to our Technical Managers. If shortlisted, you will be contacted by a member of the recruiting team to arrange a short telephone interview. Successful applications will be invited to a more in depth virtual interview where you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities and skills in a range of different situations which include a short presentation. You may be required to attend a final in person meet and greet session to support decision making around the role. 

What we offer 

  • A competitive salary of £29,000

  • A dedicated mentor who will help to develop your career and experience 

  • Encouragement and support to achieve your professional accreditation 

  • A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors 

  • An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives 

  • Dedicated Early Careers events and team building opportunities  

  • Being part of the Graduate and Early Careers community at UKAEA 

  • Flexible working options including family friendly policies  

  • 30.5 days annual leave increased with length of service (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) plus bank holidays

  • Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme

  • Annual corporate bonus scheme

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. The Executive team with support from our EDI ‘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. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.

You can find more information specifically about the graduate scheme at  

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 06/01/2023 . We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

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 (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) 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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