Applied Materials Technology Group Leader

  • Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK
  • Full-time
  • Department: Fusion Technology - Technical Department
  • Salary: £60,317 to £63,855 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
  • Confirmed Grade: Level 6
  • Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire

Company Description

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.

Job Description

Who are we looking for?

This role is to lead the Applied Materials Technology Group (AMTG) within the Fusion Technology Business Unit and the associated testing laboratory within the Fusion Technology Facilities. This will include developing and implementing the strategic vision for the group and for applied materials research at UKAEA. This involves taking the UKAEA lead on qualification / standardisation of testing techniques needed for fusion materials and component qualification, focusing on; Small Sample Tests Techniques, non-contact imaging and in-situ analysis; materials engineering data and design integration at UKAEA and small scale mechanistic understanding of fusion components.

The AMTG leader will provide leadership for the delivery of multiple key/large projects at UKAEA and with collaborations where UKAEA plays a key role, also providing speciality knowledge and direction to enable proposal, definition, and delivery of projects in technique qualification, materials testing and structural integrity.

What will you be responsible for?

  • Lead the development of the group within UKAEA, using speciality knowledge to ensure facilities are available to match the capabilities required for technical delivery of projects and fusion technology strategy at UKAEA.
  • Manage and technically lead one or more large projects (>£250k per year) within UKAEA in accordance with the UKAEA Management Principles, securing additional expertise either within UKAEA, or externally as necessary, to deliver the UKAEA project commitments.
  • Manage the work and development of staff within the group. Ensure staff’s capabilities and availability match the requirements of ongoing projects and UKAEA strategic aims. Manage workload for all staff and oversee recruitment of staff as required to meet strategic and project deliverables.
  • Lead development and oversight of collaborative research with Universities, industries, national labs and other research bodes both nationally and internationally in support of UKAEA strategic goals.
  • Influencing and liaising with EUROfusion Project Leaders, Universities, industry and other research bodies to ensure UKAEA’s interest and reputation are protected.


Essential skills, experience and competence required

  • PhD Degree in Materials Science, Engineering or related discipline (OR equivalent experience).
  • Ability to lead teams and provide strategic leadership
  • Ability to define and oversee programmes, equipment purchases for and growth of a laboratory
  • Strong communication and people skills, including proven technical report writing skills Management of large projects (>£250k per year)
  • Ability to lead development and oversight of collaborative research with Universities, industries, national labs and other research bodies both nationally and internationally.
  • Experience in procurement and establishment and qualification of testing equipment.
  • Demonstrable track record in research, including journal publications.

Desirable skills, experience and competence

  • Strong experience of collaborative working with external bodies including universities, research agencies, and industry

Additional Information

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 (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) increased with length of service 
  • 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. Our dedicated ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner, with the support from our 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 14th April 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.

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