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Laboratory Manager (Tritium) Full Time

at UK Atomic Energy Authority in London (Published at 14-02-2019)

£44,959 - £50,272 a year
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Job Title:
Laboratory Manager (Tritium)

Job type:
Permanent Full Time

Culham, Oxfordshire

£44,959 - £50,272 (inclusive of MPP) PA + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme

Closing date:
14th March 2019

Are you an experienced laboratory manager with excellent communication and influencing skills?

Do you have substantial knowledge and industry experience of working with hazardous materials in a research environment?

Do you have a responsible attitude to assuring the safe operation of activities?

Are you able to influence scientists and engineers so as to achieve high standards of safety?

The UK Atomic Energy Authority have an excellent opportunity for a laboratory manager to join their team within the Tritium Science Group within the H3AT department. The team currently consists of circa seven research engineers and scientists, and is expected to grow considerably. The Tritium Science Group is responsible for undertaking experiments related to the processing of tritium in a way that is safe and protects the environment, for the purposes of developing the nuclear fusion fuel cycle and other applications.

Key accountabilities/responsibilities include:
  • Support the delivery through their own initiative of scientific experiments utilising radioactive tritium constructed and operated by tritium research engineers and scientists.

  • Ensure the safe development of experiments according to UKAEA?s technical control system and safety assurance processes, including hazard identification and risk assessment.

  • Ensure the safe operation of experiments, protecting people, the environment and facilities.

  • Work constructively with the facility building manager to remove issues that may block delivery of experimental activities.

  • Able to influence the future direction of projects and programmes.

  • Transfer knowledge gained from operating the Interim H3AT laboratory to the main H3AT tritium laboratory.

  • Support for other initiatives within the UKAEA including operation of the JET tokamak and active gas handling system.

  • Potentially manage a small number of laboratory operatives.

At UKAEA we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. Our Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our Organisation an employer of choice. UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.

The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UK?s 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 full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack.

Knowledge skills and experience


  • A relevant degree or equivalent experience in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical/Process, Materials Science, Engineering or Nuclear Engineering.

  • Chartered Engineer or Scientist status, or working towards such status.

  • Experience working with hazardous chemicals and gases.

  • Supervisory experience.

  • Have a responsible and structured approach to safety, including hazard identification, risk assessments and hazard elimination and mitigation.

  • Significant experience of working in a structured research environment as a scientist, research and development engineer or laboratory manager.

  • Capable of defining, structuring and delivering small projects, and able to manage delivery of their own work.

  • Good interpersonal, influencing and communication skills, with experience of working in multidisciplinary teams including scientists and engineers who are not direct reports.


  • A basic understanding of radiological hazards, as the role will include working in a radioactive materials handling environment.

  • Experience of working with tritium.

Special requirements:
  • The appointee may be required to work in Beryllium and Radiation controlled areas. All necessary training and registration for this will be provided by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority.

  • The appointee may need to respond to out of hours events.

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.

Selection Method(s):
  • Initial interviews will be held in March 2019. You may be required to attend a final interview at a later date.

  • As part of the selection process you may be expected to complete work based simulation exercises and a personality profile either online or onsite.

  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

  • Please note UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews.

  • The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role.

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