UKAEA Director of Facilities

Job details
Posting date: 13 November 2019
Salary: £85,000 to £120,000 per year
Additional salary information: p/a dependant on experience/responsibilities plus industry leading benefits including an outstanding pension
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 13 December 2019
Location: OX14 3DB
Company: UK Atomic Energy Authority
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 4146

Apply for this job


The UK Atomic Energy Authority leads the UK`s fusion research and development programme. Fusion offers a potential solution to address climate change through carbon-free, safe, continuous and abundant electricity. Fusion is now set to deliver on this potential - with multiple UK and global facilities and experiments providing increasing proof of concept.

The unprecedented growth of the UK Atomic Energy Authority has created a unique opportunity for three new director posts to lead the fusion research programme, manage operations of world-class fusion facilities and drive benefits in adjacent sectors. In the last three years, the turnover and headcount of UKAEA have more than doubled, and these new roles will aim to ensure continuation of this success through delivery of acclaimed research and innovation, supporting economic impact in UK industry.

We are looking for three inspirational directors to lead a portfolio of programmes and the operations of world-class fusion facilities. The scope of your role, reporting to the CEO, will be shaped based on the skills and experience you bring, and you will be invited to propose the programmes and facilities for which you would seek responsibility (further information on these can be found in the application pack).

You will provide technical leadership and direction for a research programme in excess of £10M p.a. and you will manage a team of >100 top scientists and engineers.

You will lead research supporting ITER, the next-step fusion device currently under construction in France which will demonstrate that fusion is possible on a commercial scale. At the same time, you will need to ensure leading contributions to the EU fusion programme under EUROfusion and support the recently-announced Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) design programme as UKAEA embarks on a £220M design effort.

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.

At UKAEA we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. Our Inclusion Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our Organisation an employer of choice.

For further information on why UKAEA is a great place to work please review our recruitment video via the following link:
For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack.

Knowledge skills and experience

EssentialYou will be a senior and experienced leader with an international profile in a relevant technical discipline. You will need to demonstrate achievement against the following essential criteria:

-Internationally-recognised leadership in a relevant discipline with significant experience within scientific or engineering related discipline
-Experience of contributing to the development and delivery of organisational strategy
-Leadership of large scientific and engineering teams
-Experience of stakeholder management with industry and academia, preferably in UK science sector
-Substantial experience of delivery of large technically complex programmes

Desirable-Excellent understanding of the wider issues impacting the UK science and innovation landscape and/or the fusion community

Special requirements:-Travel to visit teams and stakeholders at other UK sites

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.

-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. Flexible working may be available with this role, please discuss with the hiring manager or HR if you have any concerns.

Apply for this job