Neutrons and Gammas Group Leader

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  • Job Reference 4392
  • SALARY & BENEFITS £48,310 - £54,897
  • Job Level Management
  • INDUSTRY SECTOR Engineering
Job Description

The UK Atomic Energy Authority have an opportunity for a physicist to take on the Group Leader role for the Neutron and Gamma Diagnostics team within the Tokamak Science Diagnostics Unit.

The Diagnostics Unit within the Tokamak Science Department is responsible for operating, maintaining and analysing data from many different measurement instruments on the JET tokamak. The Neutrons and Gammas Group Leader manages an interdisciplinary group of circa 6 employees and is responsible for the maintenance, operation, calibration and development of JET neutron and gamma diagnostics. The successful applicant will play an important role in the upcoming deuterium-tritium experiments on JET, designed to sustain high fusion performance for prolonged periods.

Key accountabilities/responsibilities include:
  • Lead and manage the staff and secondees of the Neutrons and Gammas team in support of JET operations.
  • Be responsible for all aspects of staff management and development, this will include agreeing personal development plans, providing job performance feedback, setting objectives, completing staff appraisals and ensuring that all the relevant UKAEA mandatory training requirements are completed.
  • Identify opportunities for staff development and coaching and motivating them to achieve their goals.
  • Oversee the commissioning, maintenance, operation and calibration of JET neutron and gamma diagnostics including the development of new techniques.
  • Oversee the production of analysed data from JET neutron and gamma diagnostics including the development of software for intershot and off-line analysis. Perform cross-checks with other measurements to check/test consistency and liaise with users to ensure their requirements are met and assist them with data interpretation.
  • Manage the activities of the group with regards to diagnostic development and upgrade projects.
  • Report the status of diagnostics to both UKAEA and external stakeholders.
  • Ensure compliance with UKAEA safety and quality systems regarding the operation of group diagnostics.
  • 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.
  • Provide world-leading expert analysis with regards to gamma and neutron diagnostics.

At UKAEA we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. Our Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the Organisation to help make our Organisation an employer of choice. UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.

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 people.

Knowledge, skills and experience


  • Strong knowledge of nuclear physics.
  • PhD in physics or equivalent research experience.
  • Experience of operating in a physics research environment.


  •  PhD in nuclear physics.
  • Experience in leading an interdisciplinary team in a research environment.
  • Experience in the design and operation of plasma neutron and/or gamma diagnostics.
  • Knowledge of general tokamak and/or plasma physics.
  • Experience of performing data analysis, including writing and maintaining codes.

Special requirements:
Please note, all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

Selection Method:
– As part of the selection process you may be expected to complete work based simulation exercises and a personality profile either online or onsite.

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.