Experimental Materials Scientist - UK Atomic Energy Authority

Job description

UK Atomic Energy Authority are recruiting materials scientists to work at the cutting edge of experimental nuclear materials research. Three posts are available linked to their new Materials Research Facility, which has had more than £10M of investment already with a further £10M is in progress, http://www.ccfe.ac.uk/mrf.aspx. The posts range from pure research to implementation of new equipment and working with the users of MRF. Research fields include radiation damage and the resulting changes in material properties, using microscopy, mechanical and thermo-physical testing/characterisation, and other techniques. 

Knowledge skills and experience


  • Relevant doctoral and/or post-doctoral or equivalent industrial experience of work within experimental research projects
  • Experience and expertise in one or more relevant materials characterisation techniques, e.g. electron microscopy, micro- and/or macro-mechanical testing, thermo-physical testing, and/or sample preparation for these.

  • Strong team player with an ability to work independently with scientific autonomy

  • Verbal and written communication skills with a track record of scientific publications and presentations


  • Background in nuclear materials R&D with an understanding of the effects of radiation damage on mechanical properties and/or microstructure in engineering materials
  • Experience and knowledge of irradiation experiments

  • Understanding of micro-mechanical behaviour and failure mechanisms

  • Involvement in procurement and operation of scientific equipment



£29,597 - £33,633

Full/Part Time: 
Full Time

Recruiter information

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is one of the world’s leading research organisations supporting the development of fusion energy. Its primary mission is to advance fusion science and technology to the point of commercialisation of fusion energy and to position the UK such that it has a significant role in the fusion energy market. This is done through the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE).

UKAEA has 1000 staff and agency supplied workers, including world-leading scientists and engineers, fostering close links with international partners, industry and academic institutions; it also supports the development of the Culham Science Centre and Harwell science, innovation, technology and business campus. It is a Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

How to apply for this post

Apply via our online portal - http://www.ccfe.ac.uk/Jobs.aspx

You will need to complete an online application form. You will also be prompted to upload an updated CV and a cover letter.

Experimental Materials Scientist - Application Pack (PDF)

Closing: 19 May 2017

Job reference: 2132