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Location: United Kingdom, South East England, Culham

Process Chemist

United Kingdom, South East England, Culham

Job Description

Are you looking for an opportunity to apply your scientific knowledge working on solutions for the future of clean energy?
Would you like to be part of an innovative programme working at the cutting edge of Fusion making the UK the centre of Tritium research?
Here at the UK Atomic Energy Authority, you will be involved in supporting research into the future of sustainable energy - Fusion Energy.
You could be working at the Hydrogen-3 Advanced Technology centre (H3AT) which will provide a unique opportunity for academia, industry and partners to benefit from a world-class tritium technology centre. H3AT represents an important step in the development of tritium technology; allowing vital research and development to keep pace with the growing demand for tritium expertise both in the UK and the rest of the world. You could also be working on existing projects within the Process Group which is responsible for the ownership of the plant which processes isotopes of hydrogen. The plant function is to process specific gas mixtures of hydrogen which are required to support the Joint European Torus (JET). The work of the group has increased to include the recommissioning the existing plant.
As an Applied Chemist you will lead work on one of the existing isotope separation systems. This will include fault finding, recommissioning, process optimisation, and will be followed by providing training to colleagues. The H3AT facility will also house new isotope separation subsystems ; therefore, conceptual and detailed design work will be required to deliver them.

Your main objectives will be:
• To lead the technical delivery of a plant separation subsystem, including liaison with vendors and subcontractors.
• To be the intelligent customer on behalf of UKAEA
• To supervise vendors and subcontractors as well as UKAEA staff during installation and maintenance on the subsystem.
• To operate the subsystem and train other operators as the need arises.
• To carry out risk assessments for interventions.
• To write or review subsystems Operating Instructions
• To evaluate designs of new systems

You'll need:
• HNC or degree qualified with previous experience of Chemical Engineering

• experience of design or optimisation of one of the following:
o Separation process (e.g. distillation column, permeators, etc.)
o Counter current scrubber columns

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