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Location: England, Oxfordshire, Abingdon

Research and Development Engineer

England, Oxfordshire, Abingdon

Job Description

Fusion is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner energy the world badly needs. At United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) we are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, helping generating cleaner, carbon-free energy and you can be part of this growing organisation that is helping shape the future of the world's energy!

H3AT (Hydrogen-3 Advanced Technology) is a division of the UKAEA and it is a world-first Tritium Research Centre, pioneering the fuels that will supply future fusion reactors. The team at H3AT are looking for an R&D Engineer.
The Engineer will contribute in the design, function and enhancement of world class fusion devices on site as well as developing new facilities that advance enabling technologies for the international market in fusion development. These projects embody UKAEA's mission to develop nuclear fusion as a source of energy generation, demonstrating the technology with a view to it ultimately becoming commercialised.

The position of R+D Engineer sits within the H3AT Tritium Innovation Unit. The Unit seeks engineers, with varied expertise, to complete projects to a high standard according to established technical management processes and deliver solutions of engineering integrity commensurate with nuclear operations. In addition, they carry out research and development into the scientific principles underpinning potential technical challenges, building experimental apparatus, and prototyping rigs to evaluate relevant technologies.

Previous experience in a similar role is not essential, however exposure to research and experimental facilities is preferred. Those who are new to nuclear facilities and include individuals who have recently completed a Masters/PhD are encouraged to apply and will be considered.


  • Be responsible for the design, installation, commissioning of tritium compatible fuel cycle systems and associated equipment.
  • In alignment with your experience, support the development of science programmes for UKAEA and commercial fusion activities with UK and international collaborations.
  • Manage technical documentation and provide expert guidance pertaining to the construction, operation and function of gas handling systems.
  • Responsible for the generation and archiving of specifications, control plans, control philosophy, commissioning reports, and associated documentation
  • Responsible for testing and commissioning of systems ensuring compliance with UKAEA site policies, national and international legislated safety requirements and the recording of associated safety certification.
  • Accountable for supporting projects, ensuring the timely delivery of defined work packages within specification and budget.
  • Ensuring that the Safety, Health and Environment culture and working practices are in alignment with the UKAEA requirements.
  • Managing and coordinating staff and subcontractors, including specifying tasks, tracking quality and performance
  • Liaising with other Groups and Departments to ensure effective co-ordination and collaboration across interfaces and competing demands.
  • Communicate to staff via face to face or online presentations, provide technical reports where required. Adapt communication style to suit a broad range of situations and receivers.
  • Champion and share best practice, to promote respect, inclusion, and opportunity across the organisation.


  • Qualified to Masters degree level or equivalent in an engineering or scientific discipline (such as mechanical, chemical engineering, process engineering, nuclear engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science).
  • Demonstrable experience in a systems-engineering approach to long-term operations, performance and availability.
  • Previous experience in the writing and reviewing of operating instructions and work control documentation.
  • Prior evidence of decision making and initiative in commissioning of process plant systems.
  • Capable of defining, structuring and delivering projects, and to manage delivery of their own work
  • Able to work to the project plan and deliver milestones in a timely manner.
  • Proven track record of proactively promoting equality, diversity and inclusion at work.
  • Must be responsible and have structured approach to safety, including hazard identification, risk assessments and hazard elimination and mitigation.
  • Self-motivation with a strong ability to work as part of a team.


  • Experience in the maintenance / or operation of a process plant, or in a laboratory environment, and handling radioactive materials or other hazardous materials.
  • A basic understanding of radiological hazards.

Rullion celebrates and supports diversity and is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for both employees and applicants.

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