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Spectroscopy Group Leader

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Spectroscopy Group Leader

Job type:
Permanent Full Time

Culham, Oxfordshire

£47,596 - £54,086 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme

Closing date:
13th May 2018


Are you an experienced in the design, operation and exploitation of spectroscopy instrumentation? Do you have excellent communication skills with the ability to lead a team within a research environment?

The Diagnostics Unit within the Tokamak Science Department is responsible for operating, maintaining and analysing data from many different measurement instruments ("diagnostics") on the JET and MAST tokamaks.

We are seeking a Group Leader to lead the Spectroscopy Group within the Diagnostics Unit. This group is responsible for the majority of the spectroscopy diagnostics on JET and MAST-U; these use many different measurement techniques and span a wide range of wavelengths (near-IR, visible, UV, VUV, X-ray).

- Oversee commissioning, maintenance, operation and calibration of spectroscopy diagnostics including the development of new calibration techniques
- Oversee production of analysed data from the above diagnostics including development of software for inter-shot and off-line analysis, and cross-checks with other measurements to check/test consistency, liaising with users to ensure their requirements are met and to assist them with data interpretation
- Manage major diagnostic development and upgrade projects
- Report regularly to stake-holders on diagnostic status including technical issues and data integrity
- To be responsible for all aspects of staff management and development, this will include agreeing personal development plans, providing job performance feedback, setting of objectives, completing staff APS reports and ensuring that all the relevant UKAEA mandatory training requirements are completed.
-Identify capability needs within the group to meet UKAEA strategic aims and objectives and ensure that the needs are met through staff development and recruitment. Ensure that staff, contractor and secondee posts are filled promptly.

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 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.

Knowledge skills and experience

- PhD in physics or equivalent research experience
- Experience in the design, operation and exploitation of spectroscopic diagnostics
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills

- Good understanding of atomic physics and the design of optical systems
- Experience of performing data analysis, including writing and maintaining codes
- Experience in leading an interdisciplinary team in a research environment

Special requirements:
- Occasional shift work in support of JET operations
- Occasional UK and international travel
- Direct involvement in JET operations is strongly encouraged (e.g. by taking on a control-room role)


Interviews will be held on the week commencing 21st May 2018.

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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