Materials Engineer - EDF Energy, Barnwood, Gloucestershire

Job description

Materials Engineer Vacancy Overview

Working in the Materials Group, within Structural Integrity Branch, CTO Engineering, you will be expected to take a lead role in the specification, investigation and performance evaluation of materials on our operational nuclear power stations (7 AGRs and the Sizewell B PWR).


Nature and Scope

We are seeking a versatile materials engineer with the capability to work on a broad range of materials (metallic and non-metallic) subject to a variety of in-service degradation mechanisms.

While the role is based at our main offices in Barnwood, Gloucestershire, some visits to power station sites and external locations are expected.

Site work may involve working at heights or in confined spaces and radiological areas.

The role is based around a normal 37-hour working week, although in occasional cases extended day and weekend working may be required to support urgent operational issues.


Principal Accountabilities

Specifically your duties will include:

  • Provision of advice to prevent materials failures or mitigate degradation mechanisms, working in collaboration with the associated system operators, designers, safety case practitioners and suppliers.
  • Provision of advice on the selection and specification of new or replacement materials, including the identification of modern equivalents for obsolete or superseded materials.
  • Examination of in-situ or ex-service components to evaluate their in-service performance or investigate defects / degradation mechanisms.
  • Forensic investigation of damaged or defective components to help determine the root cause of failures.
  • Delivery of desktop work, laboratory testing / analysis and site-based investigations in support of the above.


Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications, Experience

Essential skills, knowledge and experience required for this position:

  • Either a degree in Materials Science / Materials Engineering or a degree in a closely-related subject such as Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics etc supplemented by higher-level qualifications (Masters or PhD) in specific areas of materials.
  • Experience of solving materials-related problems in an operational or production-focussed industrial environment (note: it is emphasised that the advertised vacancy is not an R&D role).
  • In-depth technical experience of two or more fields of materials science relevant to power station engineering. Examples include: forensic investigation, corrosion engineering, ferrous metallurgy, irradiation embrittlement / fracture properties, tribology, polymeric materials (principally sealing systems and coatings).
  • Experience of dealing with operational customers and suppliers.
  • Ability to make risk-informed judgements taking into account safety and commercial factors.
  • A questioning attitude to ensure all work is undertaken to standards consistent with company safety and quality assurance procedures.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills coupled with a proactive and flexible approach to achieving results.


Desirable skills, knowledge and experience required for this position:

  • Experience of working in the nuclear power industry.
  • Knowledge and experience of commercial nuclear power station technology, particularly AGR / PWR.
  • Experience of interactions with industrial regulatory bodies similar to the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).
  • Relevant professional qualifications such as Chartered Engineer or professional-grade IoM3 membership (MIMMM, FIMMM) or equivalent.


How to apply:

If you have the necessary skills and experience, please follw this link to apply online

Full/Part Time: 
Full Time