Senior Divertor Development Engineer (DIV001)

Location: Milton Park, Abingdon
Salary: Competitive
Job type: Permanent

Overview of the role

A position is available in the Divertor team for a Senior Development Engineer. The successful candidate will be responsible for the Plasma-Material Interaction development and operations, as well as for improving wall conditioning of the ST40 and future fusion devices at Tokamak Energy. The candidate will have a methodical but practical mindset, able to understand and deliver complex solutions to a high-quality standard; organised, self-driven and able to work to defined timescales. The position may require managing work loads and delivery of small working groups.

Responsibilities

  • Manage and deliver the Plasma-Material Interactions (PMI) activities within the Divetor Team, specializing in liquid metal technology development.
  • Plan and organize dedicated experiments, measurements, and test-rigs for PMI development, in coordination with ST40 and Divertor Laboratory managers.
  • Hold responsibility of the PMI tests in matters of planning, logistics, quality, equipment and safety.
  • Ensure that the Divertor Team simulation and analysis capabilities related to PMI and liquid metals are up to the required standard.
  • Assist and improve wall conditioning methodologies for ST40.
  • Adapt and deliver dedicated wall conditioning techniques for divertor components.
  • Drive and follow up international collaborations towards development of upgraded PMI performances, as required for the next generation tokamaks.
  • Qualification liquid metal loops, components and materials to be installed within and connected to the tokamak.
  • Specification and design of parts and assemblies required for setting up dedicated testing.
  • Interface management of liquid metal flowing wall systems, liaising with physicists and engineers responsible for other tokamak systems’ R&D, power supplies, HTS magnet design and overall integration.
  • Highly motivated to deliver against challenging objectives in a compressed timescale.

Experience required

  • Degree in a relevant physics or engineering discipline, or equivalent experience.
  • Hands-on experience with liquid Lithium systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in the interpretation of plasma erosion, spectroscopy and residual gas analysis.
  • Knowledge of plasma-facing materials design process, manufacturing and conditioning methods, and associated tools and standards.
  • Experience using test and diagnostic equipment.
  • Experience of working in a team of scientists and/or engineers.
  • Experience leading small development groups.s
  • 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
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Organised approach to complex problems
  • Experience with design, specification, assembly, operation, monitoring and maintenance of vacuum systems, preferably for high particle throughput setups with a mix of vacuum technologies.
  • Familiarity checking CFD analysis, including MHD effects.
  • Knowledge of vacuum fluid and/or molecular flow simulation tools.
  • Experience with evaporative and plasma deposition conditioning techniques.
  • Work experience related to UHV technology or cryogenics would be a significant asset.
  • Experience defining technical drawings, datasheets, and written work instructions
  • An aptitude for programming and data analysis using software such as LabView, Microsoft Excel VBA, Python, etc.
  • Understanding and awareness of intellectual property
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision
  • Ability to devise and operate effective project schedules
  • Creativity and innovation

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
  • Bike to work scheme

Please note: Only candidates with the relevant skills and experience will be contacted regarding this position.  If you do not hear back from us within 10 days of submitting, your application then unfortunately you have been unsuccessful.  However, we may contact you in the future to discuss other opportunities.

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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