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Jacobs Senior Nuclear Graphite Engineer in Knutsford, United Kingdom

Your Impact:

At Jacobs, we'll inspire and empower you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow. With more than 55,000 people in 40 countries, working at Jacobs offers an exciting range of opportunities to develop your career within a supportive and diverse team who always strive to do the right thing for our people, clients and communities.

People are Jacobs’ greatest asset, and we offer a competitive package to retain and attract the best talent.

In addition to the benefits you’d expect, UK employees also receive free single medical cover and digital GP service, family-friendly benefits such as enhanced parental leave pay and free membership of employee assistance and parental programmes, plus reimbursement towards relevant professional development and memberships. We also give back to our communities through our Collectively program which incorporates matched-funding, paid volunteering time and charitable donations.

About the Opportunity

We are looking to recruit an experienced nuclear graphite engineer to help support life extension of the current AGR fleet of nuclear stations and to continue to develop and deliver a strategy for expanding the client base beyond the traditional customers. As part of the team, you will be delivering important solutions to real problems, meeting the UK energy demands and carbon emissions targets.

The successful candidate will have a sound nuclear graphite and structural integrity background. You will support current clients as they strive to extend the lifetime of their plant and continue to develop the Team’s strategy for developing a more extensive client base. We have developed relationships with vendors of new graphite moderated reactor designs. You will develop these relationships using your knowledge of nuclear graphite as well as your aptitude for business development. The position will offer the opportunity for career development and a path into leadership roles.

You will be part of our Structural Analysis and Assessment Team. The team comprises a broad range of Engineering and Scientific experts spanning mathematics, physics, structural and mechanical engineering, software development, finite-element stress analysis, and structural integrity analysis and assessment. We provide these services to a range of customers, mainly but not exclusively in the nuclear industry, to ensure the economic and safe operation of capital-intensive plant, from both government and private industry. We also actively participate in a number of national and international projects and work closely with other parts of Jacobs to provide integrated solutions to client requirements.

The team excels at hybrid working, with some days at home and others in our offices in Warrington, Knutsford and Manchester,

Key responsibilities

  • Using finite-element analysis (FEA) and other methods to model critical components of a nuclear reactor.

  • Discussing and developing bespoke engineering solutions with colleagues and customers.

  • Technical oversight and leadership of several projects relating to nuclear graphite.

  • Implementing and further developing the business strategy for expanding the team’s client base.

  • Producing high-quality technical reports.

  • Assisting in maintaining and developing the technical capability and knowledge of the team.

  • Representing the business in technical meetings and at conferences.

  • Liaising with various internal and external stakeholders; including universities to drive innovation and delivery.

Here’s what you’ll need :

  • Degree in any numerate, scientific or engineering discipline.

  • Familiarity with nuclear graphite and the effects of irradiation.

  • Experience of using FEA software packages, e.g., ABAQUS.

  • Proficiency in computer programming, ideally in Python and Fortran.

  • Reliable analytical skills, able to interpret results, relating them to the real world and presenting them clearly to key stakeholders.

  • Ability to write well-structured reports that present clear arguments.

Desirable but not essential:

  • Experience in writing business proposals and plans.

  • Experience with ASME III Division 5 design code

  • Familiarity of prospective new reactor designs

  • Fracture mechanics background

Our Culture:

Our values stand on a foundation of safety, integrity, inclusion and diversity. We put people at the heart of our business and we truly believe that by supporting one another through our culture of caring, we all succeed. We value positive mental health and a sense of belonging for all employees. Find out more about life at Jacobs. (https://careers.jacobs.com/life-at-jacobs/)

We aim to embed inclusion and diversity in everything we do. We know that if we are inclusive, we’re more connected, and if we are diverse, we’re more creative. We accept people for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, mental health, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. This is reflected in our wide range of Global Employee Networks centred on inclusion and diversity – ACE, Careers, Enlace, Harambee, OneWorld, Prism, Vetnet, and Women’s – find out more about our employee networks here. (https://www.jacobs.com/about/inclusion-and-diversity?_ga=2.1062705.1096535124.1626879887-1704311048.1575562676)

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