MRF Mechanical Engineering Graduate Scheme 2022

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MRF Mechanical Engineering Graduate Scheme 2022

Closes: July 31, 2022
Location: Culham, Oxfordshire
Salary: £29,000
Work Type: Full Time

Overview of Responsibilities

Who are we looking for? 

We have an excellent opportunity for motivated and enthusiastic graduates to join our two-year graduate scheme, this vacancy is for those interested in working in engineering. As part of our exciting scheme, you will spend 80% of your time developing both your general work-related skills and professional qualifications, with 20% of your working time dedicated to graduate training and development. UKAEA has a nurturing community that learns from each other.

Within the 20% training and development, there is a core suite of activities designed to develop your professional and business skills. Elements of this programme are flexible and can be tailored to your personal development needs and to those of your specific job role.

Materials Research Facility at UKAEA is a medium active facility working with beta–gamma-emitting materials and is positioned in the UK radioactive research field bridging between high active facilities and universities. Irradiated materials are brought into the MRF to examine materials’ properties and any specific effects of radiation damage. As MRF is on a non-licensed site, it is much easier for users to visit and perform their experiments compared to the more stringent security protocols on a nuclear licensed site.

What opportunities does the graduate scheme cover? 

Roles and examples of the type of work/projects you would be involved in include:

  • Performing engineering tasks such as system analysis, design, review and repair of legacy equipment, working alongside mechanical, systems and software engineers to produce new and innovative research equipment from design specifications.
  • Applying simulation tools and developing fluid flow experiments to design and verify the performance of components for fusion reactors, collaborating extensively with external organisations to ensure the application of state-of-the-art techniques.
  • Originating and developing design solutions for new and existing UKAEA facilities and systems as well as for future fusion devices from concept to detailed design.
  • Liaising with key stakeholders, to create and manage requirements, technical specifications and tender documentation.
  • Producing technical reports, departmental notes and journal / conference papers and delivering presentations where relevant.
  • Project delivery along the full product lifecycle (design, assembly, testing, commissioning), including robot cells, material testing equipment, and/or ad-hoc one-off components.
  • Our scheme is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and the Institute of Physics (IoP) as a professional development scheme.
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Additional Information

What is the recruitment process? 

All applications will be initially reviewed by our Early Careers Team and then passed on to our Technical Managers. If shortlisted, you will be contacted by a member of the recruiting team to arrange a short telephone interview. Successful applications will be invited to a more in depth virtual interview where you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities and skills in a range of different situations which include a short presentation. You may be required to attend a final in person meet and greet session to support decision making around the role.

What we offer 

  • A salary of £29,000 plus excellent benefits
  • A dedicated mentor who will help to develop your career and experience
  • Encouragement and support to achieve your professional accreditation
  • A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors
  • An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives
  • Dedicated Early Careers events and team building opportunities
  • Being part of the Graduate and Early Careers community at UKAEA
  • Flexible working options including family friendly policies
  • 30.5 days annual leave increased with length of service (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) plus bank holidays
  • Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme
  • Annual corporate bonus scheme

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from Black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. The Executive team with support from our EDI ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.

You can find more information specifically about the graduate scheme at

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

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