Who are we looking for?
We have an excellent opportunity for motivated and enthusiastic graduates to join our two-year graduate scheme, where 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.
Graduate Electrical Engineers will perform a variety of engineering tasks designed to provide experience & familiarization with staff, methods, practices, & programs of the organisation. This may include operating, maintaining & demonstrating equipment. The role holder will be expected to manage their own development continuously working towards building their knowledge & skills.
What opportunities does the graduate scheme cover?
Roles and examples of the type of work/projects you could be involved in include:
- Conceptual projects for the ambitious programme to deliver a prototype fusion energy plant (STEP) and the DEMOnstration power plant (DEMO).
- Working alongside mechanical, electrical and software teams to ensure the delivered systems such as robots, machines and controls are demonstrably safe including reviewing and analysing of hardware / software in addition to design of complex safety functions.
- Laying out the robotic maintenance facilities of a future fusion power plants in the early design phase.
- Designing bespoke tooling for current generation robotics maintenance facilities.
- Helping manage multimillion design, build and install contracts for facilities currently being built.
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.
To be considered you will need to have successfully completed your degree within the past 2 years, and will possess a relevant degree from within the specialisms listed.
- Electrical Engineering
- Electronic Engineering
- Power Engineering
- Integrated mechanical/ electrical Engineering
If you have a degree in an area not specified but feel that you could apply your skills to a career in this discipline, we would still encourage you to apply. We would ask you to demonstrate how your skills would be relevant to the outlined opportunities.
You will need to be self motivated, demonstrate the ability to work well with others, and have an interest in the development of a cleaner energy. Additionally, you will be passionate about self-development and you should have a proactive approach to your work with an enthusiasm to achieving your full potential.
Please note – Our graduate scheme is open to applicants who have the right to work in the UK, including those on a Graduate Tier 4 Visa following completion of their degree in the UK. Please note your employment beyond the graduate scheme will be subject to your right to work status.
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 and for you to have the opportunity to see where you may be working!
What we offer
- A starting salary of £29,000
- 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
- Relocation allowance (if eligible)
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 http://www.culhamgraduatescheme.com
Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on Friday 3rd June. We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.
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.
Note for applicants who are applying for employment with UKAEA either from outside the United Kingdom or who have spent time outside the United Kingdom in the last five years. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-records-checks-for-overseas-applicants . If the country you are resident in or have resided in is not listed on this website or that the UK Government is not aware of how to obtain a criminal records check from that state then we are unable to process your application.