Fuel Cycle Development Engineer (TOK158)
Location: Milton Park, Abingdon
Job type: Permanent
Overview of the role
Working alongside other departments in Neutronics, Plasma Facing Components, Power Generation and Materials this is an opportunity for a talented engineer to develop key technology needed for a Fusion Reactor. Specifically, the successful candidate will be given the opportunity to have a key role in the technological development of the plant’s complete fuel cycle systems “FUEL” – including the breeding blankets; tritium extraction; fuel exhaust processing; isotopic separation fuel, pumping, storage & injection; and de-tritiation sub-systems.
In this role, you will:
- Research, design and develop technology for a fusion reactor fuel cycle.
- Participate in internal R&D activities and lead external collaborations with academia and industrial partners for developing novel reactor fuel technologies (FUEL)
- As part of the FUEL team, to work within a safe system of work within the FUEL team with relevant hazards identified, risks assessed and mitigated.
- Drive continuous improvement through lessons learned and quality management.
- Provide technical expertise in order to develop departmental technology development roadmaps
- Ensure our technology development projects deliver against project plans and business milestones
- Develop technology at a component, sub-system, or system level to mature a tritium plant design, which meets environmental, regulatory, functional and commercial requirements through a combination of assured analysis, experimentation, characterisation, testing, prototyping & demonstration as well as exercising sound engineering judgement.
- Identify, develop, and protect Intellectual Property with a view to commercialisation of relevant technology.
Hazard-specific / Safety-critical duties
This job includes the following hazards or safety-critical activities which will require successful pre-employment health screening through our occupational health service before the successful candidate will be allowed to start work:
- Driving on Company business
- Travel outside of Europe or North America on company business
Requirements and attributes we value:
- Technical excellence in one or more of the following areas: tritium engineering, tritium chemistry, tritium plant design and/or tritium breeding is essential
- A mastery in fluid transport analysis – especially in the theory and application of CFD and/or MHD would be strongly desirable.
- A proven ability to communicate technical and non-technical information effectively and persuasively at all levels: to senior management, stakeholders, collaborators, colleagues and staff
- Experience in performing effectively as an individual and within a team in the context of complex engineering projects covering applied analysis, research, and hardware design and demonstration – ideally in developing tritium-related technologies from low to high TRL
- A familiarity with risk, cost and project management techniques is desirable
- A good level of knowledge of the principles of magnetically confined fusion and the technical challenges to be overcome to make fusion energy a reality – as evidenced by either academic qualifications or professional experience in fusion science or a related area.
- Knowledge of applicable EHS regulations and good practices in the area of tritium engineering and experience of compliance with the same
- An ability to organise one’s work independently without close supervision, being proactive in solving problems and well-reasoned decision-making skills would be strongly desirable.
- A basic awareness of the principles of Intellectual Property law and how businesses may protect their Intellectual Property would be desirable. The ideal candidate will have been listed as an inventor on multiple successful patent applications
- An academic qualification up to Masters or PhD level would be appropriate for this role – or equivalent vocational experience, which may be evidenced, for example, by holding an active Chartership in Physics and/or Engineering (CPhys / CEng).
- 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays)
- Company pension scheme
- Eligible for company share option scheme after 1 years’ service
- Company bonus scheme, discretionary, dependant on performance
- Private medical insurance after 3 months service
- Cycle to work scheme
No terminology in the advert or job description is intended to discriminate on the grounds of a person’s gender, marital status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation. Every candidate will be assessed only in accordance with their merits, qualifications and abilities to perform the duties of the job.
How to apply
If you are passionate about accelerating the development of fusion power and want to join our dynamic team, please send your CV with a covering letter detailing your experience to email@example.com.
Important information for candidates
Please note that the appointment of the successful candidate will be subject to standard pre-employment screening, as applicable to the post. This will include right-to-work, proof of identity and references.
Please note that any personal data submitted to Tokamak Energy as part of the job application process will be processed in accordance with the GDPR and related UK data protection legislation, for more information regarding GDPR please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation
Equality of opportunity
Entry into employment with the Tokamak Energy and progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit and the application of criteria which are related to the duties of each post and the relevant salary structure. In all cases, ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration. No applicant or member of staff shall be discriminated against because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.