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Employment Type:  Full Time
Employment Period:  Permanent
Salary:  £32,535 -£69,861

Gloucester, GB

Career Area:  Engineering

Materials Engineer

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Hiring Manager: Nicholas Tyas

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Barnwood

Salary: £32,535 - £69,861

Closing Date: 18th January 2019

Vacancy Overview

Working in the Materials Group, within Structural Integrity Branch, CTO Engineering, you will be expected to take a lead role in the specification, investigation and performance evaluation of non-metallic materials for our operational nuclear power stations (7 AGRs and the Sizewell B PWR).


Nature and Scope

We are seeking a versatile materials engineer with the ability to work on a range of polymeric materials, sealing systems, coatings, oils and lubricants.


While the role is based at our main offices in Barnwood, Gloucestershire, some visits to power station sites and supplier facilities are expected. Site work may involve working at heights or in confined spaces and radiological areas. The role is based around a normal 37-hour working week, although in occasional cases extended day and weekend working may be required to support urgent operational issues.

Principal Accountabilities

Specifically your duties will include:


  • Advising on the performance of polymeric materials, sealing systems, coatings, oils and lubricants to prevent failures or mitigate degradation mechanisms, working in collaboration with the associated system operators, designers, safety case practitioners and suppliers.


  • Selection, specification and testing of new or replacement polymeric materials, sealing systems, coatings, oils and lubricants, including the identification of modern equivalents for obsolete or superseded products.


  • Provision and maintenance of guidance and standards for the nuclear fleet relating to the above families of non-metallic materials.


  • Examination of in-situ or ex-service components and samples to evaluate their in-service performance, investigate defects / degradation mechanisms and determine the root cause of failures.


  • Delivery of desktop work, laboratory testing / analysis and site-based investigations in support of the above.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications, Experience

Essential skills, knowledge and experience required for this position:


  • A degree in Materials Science / Chemistry or related subjects with an emphasis on relevant non-metallic materials.


  • In-depth technical experience in at least two of the following fields: polymeric materials, sealing systems, coatings, oils and lubricants.



  • Experience of solving materials-related problems in an operational or production-focussed industrial environment.


  • Experience of dealing with operational customers and suppliers.


  • Ability to make risk-informed judgements taking into account safety and commercial factors.


  • A questioning attitude to ensure all work is undertaken to standards consistent with company safety and quality assurance procedures.


  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills coupled with a proactive and flexible approach to achieving results.


  • Desirable skills, knowledge and experience required for this position:


  • Experience of working in the nuclear power industry.


  • Knowledge and experience of commercial nuclear power station technology, particularly AGR / PWR.


  • Knowledge and experience of qualifying non-metallic materials for use in the nuclear, aerospace or other highly-regulated industries.


  • Experience of interactions with industrial regulatory bodies similar to the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).


  • Relevant professional qualifications such as Chartered Engineer or professional-grade IoM3 / RSC membership (MIMMM, MRSC etc) or equivalent.







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