Deputy Director of STEP

UK Atomic Energy Authority
13 Mar 2019
14 Mar 2019
Job Type

The UK Atomic Energy Authority, UKAEA, aims to establish a new national programme, partnering with industry and academia to explore the options, challenges and solutions for accelerating fusion delivery, seeking to identify a pathway to supply net energy by the early 2040's.
GBP20M was allocated to the 2019/20 UK fusion programme by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in October 2018; this provides an initial budget to launch STEP from April 2019.
We seek to appoint a Deputy Director of STEP to support the STEP Director in providing the strategic leadership to deliver the project, as well as help to develop the case for further funding beyond 2019/20.

You will likely be a leading engineer, with experience of managing large complex projects, and have excellent communication and influencing skills. Your expertise will align with the R&D needs of fusion, preferably in an industrial environment.
Key accountabilities/responsibilities include
• Deputising for the STEP Director in their absence
• Providing strategic leadership and communicating the vision of STEP
• Establishing and developing a coherent network of collaborators to deliver STEP
• Ensuring effective governance and establishing appropriate review processes
• Prioritising resource and informing a strategy to deliver on targets
• Representing STEP at meetings and events - internal and external.
• Identifying, monitoring and mitigating risks

In the event that continued funding for STEP is not secured beyond FY 2019/20, we will work with you to identify a suitable role in one of the many other exciting projects at UKAEA
The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UKs 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.

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.

Essential Experience:
• Degree and international standing in relevant discipline
• Technical experience of direct relevance to fusion
• Strategic leadership of large, complex projects
• Good communicator (written and oral) and presentational skills
• Commercial awareness

Desirable Experience:
• Recognised by an appropriate professional body
• Fusion engineering design projects