Head of Reactor Fuel Systems (TOK181)

Location: Milton Park, Abingdon
Salary: Competitive
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 and natural leader to build and manage a world-class team to develop key technology needed for a Fusion Reactor. Specifically, the successful candidate will own 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:

  • Recruit and lead a team of scientists and engineers to research, design and develop technology for a fusion reactor fuel cycle.
  • Organise and manage internal R&D activities and lead external collaborations with academia and industrial partners for developing novel reactor fuel technologies
  • Ensure a safe system of work within the Neutronics team with relevant hazards identified, risks assessed and mitigated with adequate departmental processes in place and ensuring these are followed, including driving continuous improvement through lessons learned and quality management.
  • Manage technology development roadmaps departmental budgets and risk registers – ensuring risks, costs and resources have adequate governance and technical oversight
  • Ensure our technology development projects deliver against project plans and business milestones
  • Provide or delegate Technical Leadership 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.
  • Ensure all team members are suitably recruited, motivated, resourced and inspired to deliver against SMART objectives
  • Represent the FUEL function transversely at the Reactor Technology level working alongside the Power Generation (GEN), Neutronics (RAD), Plasma Facing Components (PFC) and Materials (MAT) heads of departments to ensure a consistent, coherent and integrated approach to technological development of reactor systems.
  • 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 managing 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
  • A track record of accomplished technical leadership and line management through communication and buy-in to a clear vision, setting quality SMART objectives, good motivational skills and sound resource planning. The ideal candidate will have recruited and managed a high-performing team from scratch.
  • 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).

Benefits

  • 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 bond@tokamakenergy.co.uk.

Important information for candidates

Pre-employment screening

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.

Data privacy

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.


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