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Research Engineer

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Recruiter: UK Atomic Energy Authority
Listed on: 11th March
Location: Culham
Salary/Rate: £36,397 - £52,293
Type: Permanent
Start Date: 2021-03-11

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Research Engineer
- Full time
- Department: RACE Operations
- Salary: £36,397 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
- Confirmed Grade: Level 4 / Level 5
- Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire
Company Description
By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing and helping to shape the future of the world's energy? If so, read on.
Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.
RACE (Remote Applications in Challenging Environments) is based at Culham, within UKAEA, specialising in remote handling and automated systems.
Who are we looking for?
We are seeking talented and enthusiastic researchers to take responsibility for a range of research and innovation tasks within exciting new collaborative projects between the UK and Japan. You will join a highly skilled team, responsible for the development of advanced techniques, using digital twins as part of the visualisation for the operation and control of entire robotic systems. This work will support the remote maintenance operations in future fusion reactors and for safe nuclear decommissioning.

You will have excellent technical skills, whilst thriving on solving challenging problems in collaboration with like-minded people. You might have recently completed a degree or other relevant qualification in a scientific, engineering, or technical subject and/or you might have several years of industrial experience.
With a focus on developing remote handling systems for the safe decommissioning of fission plants and the next generations of fusion power stations, this role will support the UK effort to apply novel technologies to all challenging and harsh environments for the protection of people and advancement of industry.
What will you be responsible for?
- Producing software for robotic remote handling and related systems and working on the design and execution of advanced research projects
- Taking a lead role in the design and delivery of collaborative research and innovation studies
- Supporting the specification, design, and implementation of software for robotic systems
- Acting as primary interface to internal and external collaborators on project work or areas of specific expertise
- Routinely performing business development activities including networking and writing bids
International travel to customer`s and collaborator`s sites may be required.
Essential skills, experience and competence required
- Degree in computer science, robotics, or equivalent related qualification and experience
- Experience of leading and supervising collaborative research activities
- Good interpersonal and communication skills, and a proven ability to function as part of a team
- Knowledge and experience of Digital Twins or similar
- Experience of working in engineering
- Experience with Object-Oriented Design
- Experience of supervision of work 
Desirable skills, experience and competence
- Strong programming capability in C++
- Machine learning and Computer Vision experience
- A strong understanding of software engineering techniques and design principles including lifecycle, version control, documentation
- Human interaction with VR systems
- Human-Robot Interaction
- Haptic manipulation and/or telerobotics
- Planning for autonomous robotics
- 3D sensing and sensor fusion
- Automated mechanism optimisation
- Control and vibration suppression
- Experience of design and practical implementation of Graphical User Interfaces
- Knowledge of mathematical modelling and optimisation of servo systems
- Understanding of sensor fusion techniques
- Professional registration
What we offer
- A competitive salary  
- A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors 
- An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives 
- Flexible working options including family-friendly policies  
- Emergency leave (paid) 
- 30.5 days' annual leave (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) increased with length of service 
- Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g. professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme)  
- Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme  
- Annual corporate bonus scheme  
- Relocation allowance (if eligible) 
We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from Black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. Our dedicated Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Partner, with the support of our Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our organisation an employer of choice. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10 minute walk from Culham Railway Station.  
The closing date for the role will be the 9th April 2021. Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.
We are recruiting for this role across two levels with Level 4 attracting a salary range of £36,397to £38,620 (inclusive of MPP) and Level 5 attracting a salary range of £49,396 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP).