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Laboratory Manager / Project Engineer

Job Description

Have you been involved in the set-up and running of a scientific Laboratory?

Are you an Engineer with an appreciation of scientific experiments, or a Scientist with an understanding of the engineering challenges involved in setting up a Laboratory?

UKAEA's newest facility, H3AT, is seeking a Manager to lead the set-up and running of their newly built laboratory.

H3AT (Hydrogen-3 Advanced Technology) is a Tritium Research facility supporting industry, academia, and future of fusion science. We are looking for an experienced laboratory manager with excellent communication and influencing skills to support the delivery of world leading science.
We require an individual with substantial knowledge and industry experience of working with hazardous materials in a research environment and managing the delivery of experiments. They must have a responsible attitude to assuring safe operation of research activities and promote the highest standards of safety in the department.
The UK Atomic Energy Authority have an excellent opportunity for a laboratory manager to join the Tritium Service Group within the H3AT department. The Tritium Services Group is responsible for undertaking experiments related to the processing of tritium in a way that are safe and protects the environment, for the purposes of developing the nuclear fusion fuel cycle and other applications.
The Laboratory Manager is responsible for the planning and support of delivery with all experiments across the department's facilities. Working to maintain the relationships with wider UKAEA functions, building a robust understanding of the remit of stakeholder such as Office of Chief Engineer, Safety Case, Building and Facilities Management and the various Senior Authorised Persons that ensure compliance across the site.

You role will involve:
- Delivery and operation, through their own initiative, scientific experiments utilising tritium built and operated by H3AT 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, apparatus, protecting people, the environment and facilities, etc.
- 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.
- Be open to manage laboratory operatives/technicians.
- Communicate to staff via face to face or online presentations, provide technical reports where required. Adapt communication style to suit a broad range of situations and receivers.
- Champion and share best practice, to promote respect, inclusion, and opportunity across the organisation.

You'll need:

- 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.

- Experience of working with tritium.
- A basic understanding of radiological hazards.
- Formal safety qualification (IOSH/NEBOSH).
Other 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.

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