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Mechanical Engineer (Superconducting Magnets)

Posted 30 days ago Apply by 25 November 2019

Job Description

Are you an experienced engineer with excellent communication and influencing skills?

UKAEA are currently seeking Mechanical Engineers who have experience in one or more of the below areas. All the roles will support projects at all stages from establishing the initial outline requirements, through the design and implementation phases to the verification that the final delivered solution meets the original intent and function required.

1) High Heat Flux Component Design

  • This role leads in creating innovative design solutions to meet challenging requirements and performs engineering calculations to support design decisions. This will include thermodynamics expertise to enable the creation of novel designs of high heat flux components.

2) Magnet System Design

  • Core Architecture OR Supplementary Magnets We have two positions available under the Magnet System Design area whereby you will be responsible for either;
  • Creating innovative design solutions to meet challenging requirements and perform engineering calculations to support design decisions including core architecture and cooling principles. The role will help to deliver the design of solid, robust and credible magnet systems with a detailed understanding of their interactions with each other and their surrounding environment.
  • OR Leading the Supplementary Magnets Design including structural performance in electro-magnetic fields and the Remote Maintenance interface.

Both of the above roles require extensive knowledge of functional and performance-related design criteria for high performance magnet systems including electro-magnetics, cooling principles and cryogenics.

3) Design Evaluation

  • This role will be fulfilled by an experienced mechanical engineer who will be acting as peer reviewer of design solutions for complex fusion systems, performing complex trade off evaluation of options.
  • The role holder will have experience in integration of complex systems ideally in the nuclear / energy sectors. They will be able to actively participate in and conduct design reviews and optioneering studies.

At UKAEA we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. Our Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our organisation an employer of choice. UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.

The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UK`s MAST-U fusion energy experiment. UKAEA also works with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies currently in Remote Handling and Materials research. Following recent UK funding two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation are being built. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading-edge technological excellence, whilst investing in its people. For further information on why UKAEA is a great place to work please review our recruitment video on our profile.

Knowledge skills and experience


  • Ability to perform exploratory design calculations using first principles, with particular expertise in one or more of the following:
    • heat transfer
    • superconducting magnet systems
    • cryogenics
    • high temperature materials
  • Experience with relevant environmental factors such as vacuum and transient magnetic fields.
  • Demonstrable experience of taking a leading role in teams engaged in an engineering development activity
  • Experience of interacting with experts across a range of engineering disciplines e.g. systems, mechanical, nuclear, electrical, software, Human Factors (HF), control and analysis
  • Good working knowledge of structural and thermal engineering, solid mechanics and engineering materials.


  • Good communication and technical writing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Special requirements:

As part of your role you could be asked to work in radiation-controlled areas or in beryllium-controlled areas. Full training and medical assessments will be provided if this is necessary.

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.

Selection Method(s):

  • As part of the selection process you may be expected to show that you understand engineering calculation methods and to complete a personality profile either online or onsite.


  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.
  • Please note UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews.

The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role.

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Sector Electrical, Mechanical, Systems
Location South East
Hours Full time
Contract Type Permanent
Minimum Degree Grade Required NA
Applicant needs to be eligible to work in the UKYes

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