Senior Mechanical Engineer (TOK166)

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

Overview of the role

We are looking for a Mechanical Engineer to work on our existing Tokamak and help conceive and design the next generations of machine. We are looking for a creative engineer, with excellent analysis skills, to undertake a very varied range of mechanical engineering design and analysis. This includes high power pulsed copper magnets, high temperature superconducting magnets, UHV chambers, and cryogenic structures.

The candidate will be part of a team which includes plasma physicists, CAD designers, cryogenics engineers, radiation specialists and others. An interest in physics is essential to facilitate communication and interpretation of the requirements placed on the mechanical engineering team. The role requires a self-sufficient engineer with the ability to conceive, design (with good knowledge of appropriate manufacturing techniques) and analyse structures from first principles.

The ability to use FEA software and communicate and report the results clearly and concisely is required. A good understanding and experience of design for manufacture in low volume, high value scientific industries would be preferred.

 In this role, you will

  • Creatively solve mechanical engineering problems with solutions that are compatible with programme goals.
  • Design low volume, highly stressed structures, which may be subject to vacuum, thermal, ionising radiation and EM loads.
  • Manage a section of the Mechanical Engineering team and provide leadership in an aspect of Mechanical Engineering design and/or analysis
  • Represent the Mechanical Engineering team in Technical and or Programme reviews to provide technical updates, recommendations and justifications
  • Provide technical input into functional safety reviews
  • Support the development of design standards and release processes
  • Use of ANSYS FEA software to analyse new and existing designs and assess fitness for purpose.
  • Write clear, readable reports and documenting all work including FEA analysis and design work.
  • Choose the appropriate manufacturing techniques to ensure that the designs can be made quickly and economically.
  • Communicate and liaise with other engineers, physicists and designers.
  • Choose and specify materials for use in the highly varied and challenging environments presented by a tokamak.

Requirements and attributes

  • Mechanical Engineering degree or equivalent skills and experience.
  • Finite Element Analysis experience, preferable with Ansys, for mechanical/structural, thermal, and (ideally) electromagnetic applications.
  • Extensive experience of applying fundamental engineering understanding and scientific principles to solve complex, novel problems.
  • Knowledge and experience of manufacturing methods typically used for low volume, high value scientific industries.
  • Writing clear reports and communicating complex ideas effectively.

 Benefits available 

  • 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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