Head of Reactor Materials (TOK182)
Location: Milton Park, Abingdon
Job type: Permanent
Overview of the role
Working alongside other departments in Neutronics, Plasma Facing Components, Power Generation and Fuelling Systems this is an opportunity for a talented and natural leader to build and manage a world-class team to develop key materials needed for a Fusion Reactor. Specifically, the successful candidate will own the development of materials for application on a fusion reactor – including plasma-facing materials, tritium barriers, structural alloys/composites, and advanced radiation shielding (UHTC’s, Cermets, and metal-hydrides).
In this role, you will:
- Recruit and lead a team of scientists and engineers to research, design and develop materials needed for a fusion reactor.
- Organise and manage internal R&D activities and lead external collaborations with academia and industrial partners for developing materials
- 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 the TRL and MRL of materials, 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 MAT function transversely at the Reactor Technology level working alongside the Power Generation (GEN), Neutronics (RAD), Plasma Facing Components (PFC) and Fuelling Systems (FUEL) 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 leading the development, characterisation, and qualification of materials for a new application in a harsh environment – particularly in a high radiation fields such as HEPP, fission, or space applications – and a solid understanding of the types of material properties and characteristics needed for various functions in a fusion reactor.
- A mastery in understanding the mechanisms of how material properties may change in an environment consisting of high levels of radiation, temperature, and other environmental factors – including a comprehensive understanding of the challenges posed by embrittlement (whether induced by radiation, liquid metals, or hydrogen/helium), swelling, creep, erosion, corrosion, and activation/transmutation; and how these challenges may be overcome by a combination of modelling/analysis, testing/qualification and applied materials science.
- Will have recruited, built, and led high-performing teams of materials scientists and engineers
- Experience in generating any one or more of the following areas: generating materials specifications, manufacturing processes, acceptance tests, characterisation or qualification programmes, surveillance programmes, irradiation campaigns and PIE
- 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 new materials for use in a radiation environment
- 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 international codes, regulations and good practices in the area of nuclear structural containment materials 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 in Materials Science or a related area 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) or international equivalents.
- 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.