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Equipment Scientist

UK Atomic Energy Authority UKAEA

Location: Culham
Salary: From £38,620 inclusive of MPP
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 8th December 2023
Closes: 8th January 2024

- Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK

- Full-time

- Salary: £38,620 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension

- Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire

Job Description

As an employee of UKAEA you will benefit from:

- Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme, details of which can be found at the end of this advert.

- Corporate bonus scheme up to 7% and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).

- Flexible working options including family friendly policies.

- Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders.

- Generous annual leave allowance starting with 25 days, plus 3 days Christmas closure and 2.5 privilege days, in addition to UK bank holidays.

- Wide range of career development opportunities.

- A vibrant culture committed to equality and being fully inclusive.

This role requires employees to complete an online Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS), including The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks for criminal convictions.

The Role

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to make a difference? Join our team and contribute to the future of fusion energy. As an Equipment Scientist, you will play a pivotal role in the Materials Research Facility (MRF). Your role will be to enable experimental activities in the MRF either alone or in a team, either with customers or as part of UKAEA research (sometimes in collaboration with universities and overseas research organisations). 

You will enable the day to day running of equipment, conducting experiments using specialist scientific equipment, utilise scientific equipment to produce samples for further analysis, deliver training and oversee maintenance. You will participate in the acquisition and installation of new equipment and in the development of new materials testing techniques, as driven by customer requirements, appropriate to radioactive specimens in MRF’s hot cell and shielded room environments.

Additional Responsibilities

- Responsible for day to day running of some scientific equipment, interacting with users (including training in use of this equipment) and service engineers.

- Work with external collaborators including UK and overseas universities, public sector research establishments and industry in fusion, fission and other fields. These will often be world leading institutions, e.g. the Universities of Oxford, Manchester, UC Berkeley, international accelerator laboratories, etc.

- Preparation of safety and training documentation, for example: risk assessments, method statements, reports, testing and commissioning procedures and operating instructions for scientific equipment.

- Supervision of students up to PhD level and junior members of staff.

- Responsible for purchasing equipment and consumables up to £10k (but providing technical input to procurement projects in the hundreds of £k).

Qualifications

Essential Requirements

This role is within the Microstructural Suite of characterisation equipment.

- Degree OR higher education qualification OR HNC in a Physical Sciences related field such as Physics, Materials, Chemistry, etc.

- Practical experience with, and strong working knowledge of, techniques such as; Instrumented Indentation, Nanoindentation, Micromechanical testing, In Situ mechanical testing.

Desirable Skills

- Demonstratable experience manufacturing test specimens.

- Practical experience with, and strong working knowledge of, SEM, FIB, EBSD, etc.

- Demonstratable experience working in a laboratory setting.

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