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    December 6, 2021
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Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

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By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing and helping to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and Stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow’s fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

Who are we looking for?

UK Atomic Energy Authority have an excellent opportunity for a Nuclear Data Scientist researcher with project management experience to take the lead on nuclear data evaluation and validation projects as part of the FISPACT-II nuclear inventory code ( development programme.

This role will be key position within the Neutron-material interactions (NMI) group of the materials business unit at UKAEA. You will participate in (and innovate within) our nuclear data development and validation efforts via evaluation, processing, and uncertainty quantification, and by working closely with international colleagues in Europe and beyond.

As a Nuclear Data Scientist you will have self-motivation and appetite and ability to learn new skills and understand new research areas, the ability to work well within a team , as well as the talent to articulate complex technical information to both specialists and non-specialist audiences, delivering high-quality research output on time and within budget. Overall, we are interested in hiring someone with well-developed interpersonal skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills, particularly in interaction as a line manager or supervisor with junior colleagues and students. If the idea of working towards fusion engineering thrills you, please, read on.

We are recruiting for these roles across two levels with the Level 4 typically applying to a recent PhD graduate or someone with equivalent industry experience, while the more experienced candidates, at level 5, will have typically demonstrated leadership skills and several years of industry experience. Both rolls offer a competitive salary range and are eligible for market premia payments (MPP).

What will you be responsible for?

  • Contribute to projects to improve nuclear data for particularly fusion applications, but also encompassing fission, medical and high-energy physics applications, by performing data validation and benchmarking activities. Project coordination for level 5
  • Development of theory, modelling and numerical algorithms in support of nuclear physics and data.
  • Deliver high quality research as technical reports or through research publications.
  • Help to establish and maintain national and international collaborations with universities, research institutes and international organisations; more experienced candidates will be expected to lead these interactions.
  • Represent UKAEA at domestic and international conferences and workshops.
  • Contribute to (or lead if at higher level) bids for and delivery of new projects aligned with strategy of the Materials Business Unit.

Please note that some international travel might be required.

Essential skills, experience and competence required

  • Post-graduate or equivalent research in nuclear physics, data or similar demonstrated through work experience in industry, or MSc/PhD degree
  • Demonstrable experience of working in a team.
  • Experience of presenting scientific research output in reports, papers or in a thesis.
  • Proven track record of verbal presentation of technical work.
  • Strong computer skills on a variety of platforms; adaptability to new interfaces.
  • At level 5: experience of working in a research group and technical experience in either numerical simulations for nuclear physics, nuclear data analysis or evaluation, nuclear physics modelling via theory.

Desirable skills, experience and competence

  • A degree or equivalent experience in physics, nuclear science/physics, materials or related subject.
  • Understanding of typical fusion plant components and knowledge of fusion materials.
  • Experience of preparing grant applications, writing project applications and project planning.
  • Data management experience
  • For level 4: research experience in nuclear materials, nuclear data analysis and evaluation.
  • For level 5: experience of developing and performing nuclear data benchmarking, and in the design of experiments to support nuclear data acquisition / hold a PhD.

What we offer

  • A competitive salary
  • A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors
  • An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives
  • Flexible working options including family friendly policies
  • Emergency leave (paid)
  • 30.5 days annual leave increased with length of service (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) plus bank holidays
  • Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme)
  • Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme
  • Annual corporate bonus scheme
  • Relocation allowance (if eligible)

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. The Executive team with support from our EDI ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 22/12/2021 . We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

Culham Centre for Fusion Energy