Radiation Shielding Team Leader

Location: Milton Park, Abingdon (OX14)
Salary: Competitive depending on experience
Job type: Full Time, Permanent


Tokamak Energy aims to accelerate the development of fusion energy by combining two emerging technologies – spherical tokamaks and high-temperature superconductors.
The company was originally established in 2009 to design and develop small Spherical Tokamaks and compact fusion reactors for a range of applications.  Since then, the strategy has evolved to prioritise building a pilot plant to exceed fusion energy breakeven.


Person and Job Specification

The Role:

The commercialisation of fusion requires that a number of fascinating technical challenges are met. One of these is radiation shielding. The size, and performance, of a spherical tokamak is strongly dependent on reducing the thickness of the shield that protects the superconducting coils from the 14.1MeV fusion neutrons. Provision of a bio-shield is also essential. We are looking for a team leader to manage a combination of in house and external resource to model and validate designs of novel radiation shields to the specific needs of spherical tokamaks. They will also have responsibility for bio-shield engineering.


Duties will include

  • Build, and provide leadership for, the radiation shielding team.
  • Work with the Research and Technology director, other R&T group team leaders, and the tokamak physics team to develop shield functional specifications.
  • Identify a variety of concepts spanning novel to relatively mature technology that might meet these specifications.
  • Use sound scientific and engineering practice to identify and mitigate the technology gaps associated with these concepts.
  • Deploy numerical modelling and experimental validation as appropriate.
  • Work with other team leaders to select the final candidates for incorporation into protype reactors.


Contacts and Communication

  • Reports to the Research and Technology Director
  • Responsible for Radiation Shielding group line management
  • Responsible for the management of collaborations with academic and commercial organizations


Personal Skills and Attributes

  • At least three years of technical team leadership experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively with peers and senior management
  • Sufficient general technical knowledge to translate scientific objectives into sound engineering practice
  • In depth knowledge of radiation shielding
  • Knowledge of current manufacturing methods and materials
  • Demonstrated track record of practical and innovative engineering in a technology development environment
  • Experience with technical risk assessment
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the health & safety requirements relevant to the role
  • Highly motivated to deliver against challenging objectives in a compressed timescale
  • Ability to contribute effectively in a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and scientists
  • Willingness to learn new techniques and technologies
  • Organized approach to complex problems
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision
  • Proactive attitude
  • Self-starting and self-reliant
  • Ability to devise and operate effective project schedules
  • Creativity and innovation


Any other Relevant Information



  • Degree in a physical science
  • PhD in a physical science, or equivalent industrial experience



  • Project management qualifications


Knowledge and Experience:


  • Extensive experience of technical team leadership
  • In depth knowledge of radiation shielding
  • Good general technical knowledge



  • Materials science and engineering
  • Knowledge of tokamak radiation shielding, especially regarding high energy neutrons


Personal skill and Qualities


  • Good communicator with team and senior management


Leadership Skills 

  • Demonstrated experience in a comparable environment


Team Work Skills 

  • Evidence of product or preferably technology development in a high-tech industry



  • 25 Days Holiday (plus bank holidays)
  • Company Pension scheme: Company contribution of 5% of salary after 3 months’ service
  • Eligible for company share option scheme after one years’ service
  • Company bonus scheme, discretionary, dependent on performance
  • Private medical insurance after 3 months’ service

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