UKAEA Materials Science and Engineering Talent Pool

Culham, Abingdon, UK
Competitive salary + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
Apr 26, 2019
May 24, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Other job types
The UK Atomic Energy Authority, UKAEA, is growing, seeking to position the UK as a world-leader in fusion power plant design by building on its strengths which have been substantially enhanced in recent years - operating JET, robotics at RACE, materials science at the Materials Research Facility, tokamak science (MAST-U, JET and internationally), tritium science at H3AT, new Fusion Technology Facilities and advanced computing.

A key challenge in power plant design is the need to integrate many different systems. As we explore ways to accelerate the realisation of societal and economic benefits of fusion power through the first generation of fusion power plants, we must establish greater integration between physics, technology and engineering. This requires further growth at UKAEA to exploit its new capabilities, creating exciting opportunities to be part of a highly skilled, multi-disciplinary team driving to deliver fusion power.

To meet UKAEA`s needs, we have a number of Materials Science & Engineering opportunities available

- Materials testing & characterisation
- Materials chemistry
- Corrosion, including in nuclear environments and hydrogen
- Hydrogen isotope separation & barrier materials
- Joining, manufacturing & non-destructive testing
- Materials in extreme environments, e.g. radiation, temperature
- Functional materials, e.g. superconducting, dielectric and optical
- Integrated computational materials engineering
- Regulatory aspects of materials, including codes & standards

We are looking for a range of materials scientists or engineers who have experience in either nuclear or other high-tech sectors. Ideal candidates are motivated, inquisitive team players who can take multi-disciplinary problems, perform appropriate investigations and provide innovative simple solutions.

The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UK`s MAST-U fusion energy experiment. UKAEA also works with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies currently in Remote Handling and Materials research. Following recent UK funding two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation are being built, as well as the STEP spherical tokamak power plant programme. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading edge technological excellence, whilst investing in its people.

For further information on why UKAEA is a great place to work please review our recruitment video via the following link:

For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack.

Knowledge skills and experience


- A relevant scientific/engineering qualification
- Relevant experience working within a materials discipline
- The ability to work in a matrix organisation
- Good communication skills
- A desire to achieve results
- Innovative with ability to solve problems and push technical boundaries


- Knowledge of fusion

Special requirements:

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.

The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role.