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Employment Type:  Full Time
Employment Period:  Permanent
Salary:  £33,446 to £60,592

Gloucester, GB

Career Area:  Nuclear & Scientific

Nuclear Fuel Performance Engineer

The Opportunity


Nuclear Fuel Performance Engineer, Barnwood, Gloucestershire, Salary from £33,446 to £60,592 & Benefits.


A valuable and technically stimulating opportunity exists to join the EDF Energy Fuel Performance Team at our Barnwood site. The role is to assure nuclear safety by understanding and assessing the thermo-mechanical behaviour of nuclear fuel which comprises uranium dioxide fuel pellets surrounded by a metallic cladding. The main objective of the role is to support safe and reliable operation of the nuclear fuel while in the reactor core or ex-reactor facilities. This will be achieved through safety analysis and issuing of operational advice concerning the performance of the nuclear fuel.  Since EDF Energy operates both Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors (AGR) and Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) designs the role will cover the fuel for each reactor type.


The role requires a good understanding of the fundamental properties and behaviours of ceramic and metallic materials, including atomic behaviour, crystallographic structures, microstructural features, phase changes, gas diffusion, stress/strain and creep, as well as how these are influenced by irradiation.  It is an intellectually stimulating role, under-pinned by sound scientific knowledge but also requires sound judgement.  As this is a specialist area, you will undergo training as part of an accredited training process. Day to day duties will include:


  • Performing AGR and PWR Fuel Performance assessments. This will include substantial data analysis, statistical interpretation and graphical presentation.
  • Maintaining, developing and validating the AGR and PWR Fuel Performance assessment methodologies and modelling codes.
  • Advising operating AGR and PWR power stations on the appropriate operational envelope for the fuel to ensure nuclear safety.
  • Providing authoritative advice and judgement on the performance of AGR and PWR nuclear fuel in both normal and abnormal situations.
The Person


We are looking for someone who is a self-motivated individual and who is also able to work constructively as part of a wider team to anticipate, define and then solve complex technical problems even when these are outside of prior experience.  The ideal candidate will:


  • Have a passion for understanding the detailed behaviour of high integrity engineered components operating in adverse environments.
  • Be technically astute when encountering new/novel/detailed technical concepts while also going further to ask ‘why,’ ‘what if,’ or ‘how’, challenging results, data, and peers.
  • Author clear and concise technical reports drawing conclusions and recommendations from the work therein.
  • Interact comfortably with regulators, senior stakeholders and customers to present complex technical information in a way that can be understood by the lay-person and negotiate resolutions when issues arise.
The Skills


  • The ideal candidate will have academic qualifications in materials science at degree level or above. Alternatively, academic qualifications to the same level in a relevant technical discipline (i.e. applied physics, engineering, chemistry) in addition to demonstrable knowledge or relevant experience in materials behaviour will be acceptable.
  • Relevant, prior experience, either in academia or in industry will be a distinct advantage, but is not mandatory as thorough training will be provided under an accredited training and development programme. Experience of interest would include but not be limited to: materials/nuclear fuel research (theoretical or practical); materials/nuclear fuel computer modelling or analysis; other thermo-mechanical modelling or analysis.
  • Practical experience of processing, analysing and presenting large data sets is a key skill requirement.
  • The ability to solve mathematical problems through numerical analysis either by hand or with computer based tools is a desirable skill.
  • Practical experience with the UNIX/LINUX operating system environment, specifically experience of PERL scripting will be advantageous. As a minimum an aptitude and willingness to learn and then use these tools will be necessary.
  • Practical experience of software development and/or maintenance lifecycle (i.e. computer code development, testing and validation) will be advantageous. Specific experience in FORTRAN will be additionally beneficial.


Competitive Salary & Benefits


You will be appointed as a Fuel Performance Engineer and be inducted into the accredited Engineering Support Personnel (ESP) Training Programme. The salary range is between £ 33,446 and £ 60,592, with terms and conditions covered by the EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Company Agreement.  The starting salary for this appointment will be dependent on your existing salary, competence, experience and qualifications.  You will receive 28 days annual holiday plus bank holidays, incremental and competency based progression, a career average company pension scheme, access to benefits including gym membership, cinema tickets, technology offers and cycle to work scheme.  The company also offers all employees at least two days each year to take part in Force for Good Community Volunteering. Employees are encouraged to use the programme to participate and engage with the local communities EDF Energy serves. 

Why EDF Energy


EDF Energy is a core part of the EDF Group, one of the largest energy companies in Europe with key business operations in the UK, France, Italy and Belgium. We're the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain, the largest supplier to British businesses, and we employ more than 13,000 people. We operate nuclear, coal and gas power stations, wind farms, and combined heat & power plants. We have a focus on safe, dependable energy generation and an ethos of service excellence. We are playing a leading role in new nuclear build in the UK to secure a bright future for the combined business and its employees.

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