Job: Reader in Nuclear Engineering

Applications are invited for this permanent, full-time post working in the Nuclear Futures Institute (NFI), Bangor University.

The scheme has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

The central duty will be to lead and conduct research in experimental and modelling work on thermal hydraulics/neutronics for nuclear reactors, both the current generation and next generation to underpin the university’s ambitions in supporting the North Wales region. The role will also cover research into thermal hydraulics outside the nuclear sector, and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Candidates should be educated to PhD standard (or equivalent) in Nuclear Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Physics or a similar discipline of relevance to the nuclear and chemical industries, they will have an established national/internationally recognised research reputation appropriate to the field and possess experience of thermal-hydraulic facility instrumentation, design, construction & experiment planning.

The successful candidate will be expected to commence as soon as possible.

Applications will only be accepted via our on-line recruitment website, jobs.bangor.ac.uk. However, in cases of access issues due to disability, paper application forms are available by telephoning 01248 383865.

Closing date for applications: 27 May 2022

Committed To Equal Opportunities

Salary

£51,799 - £60,022 p.a. (Grade 9)

Closing Date

27/05/2022

Contract Duration

Permanent

Ref: BU02861

Overview

Bangor University through the NFI has established a world leading capability in Nuclear Engineering, which is placing north Wales as a global centre, delivering international partnerships and opportunity from a balanced mix of existing and new talent. We are supporting the UK nuclear agenda and rejuvenating the UK and Welsh nuclear sector.

The Project

The Nuclear Futures Institute (NFI) is funded under the Welsh Government’s Sêr Cymru programme which aims to attract and retain world-leading academics to Welsh Universities in strategically important sectors. NFI is seeking to further develop its research excellence in experimental thermohydraulics to support the region’s ambitions to host an internationally-recognised centre of excellence of all forms of low carbon energy generation and to closely align with developments on the two nuclear sites in the region.

Purpose of the Job

The post-holder will work collaboratively with other key stakeholders from both the public and private sector to inform the development of a National Thermal Hydraulics test Facility (NTHF) and develop a research programme using the latest numerical techniques to make full and optimal use of thermal hydraulic test facilities including the Thermal Hydraulic Open-access Research (THOR) already built by the NFI, and data from and associated with various types of nuclear and other reactor designs.

Person Specification

Qualifications/Training

Essential
  • PhD standard (or equivalent) in Nuclear Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Physics or a similar discipline of relevance to the nuclear industry.
Desirable
  • PGCertHE teaching qualification &/or HEA Fellowship recognition (or minimum of 3 years substantial teaching experience for conversion to HEA Fellowship).

Experience/Knowledge

Essential
  • Experience of thermal-hydraulic facility instrumentation, design, construction & experiment planning as well as modelling including familiarity with thermal-hydraulics loops, their design, standard components & instrumentation
  • Awareness of advanced & emerging thermal-hydraulics & reactor physics modelling methods
  • Practical experience of research & implementation of experimental thermal-hydraulics techniques
  • Record of achievement in the publication of research in peer-reviewed journals of international standard including publication of research results (as Lead Author) in leading peer-reviewed journals appropriate to the subject area
  • A sustained record of lead authorship of internationally-significant research published in refereed journals and conference proceedings
  • Reviewer/referee for national journals
  • Evidence of contributing to the generation of research funding applications including evidence of success in securing external funding from recognised research funding bodies
  • Record of management of research groups and a portfolio of research activity, development of research proposals & management of research projects and to disseminate results through presentation at relevant conferences & publication in relevant journals
  • Evidence of recognition as leader in discipline (e.g. through conference participation as invited speaker with national &/or international reach).
Desirable
  • Experience working with thermal-hydraulic simulation software for system design &/or computational fluid dynamics
  • Familiarity with High-Speed Camera based imaging, Particle Imaging Velocimetry, gamma & X-ray Computed Tomography
  • Knowledge of Thermal Hydraulics relevant Control & Instrumentation aspects, e.g. LabView & National Instruments hardware for measurement & control
  • Proficiency in computer-aided design modelling tools
  • Extensive and sustained evidence of having supervised PhD students to completion
  • Nuclear industry experience within current & next-generation nuclear reactors including international nuclear power industry experience
  • Working knowledge of Fortran, Python, C and/or Matlab (or other languages)
  • Knowledge of thermal-hydraulics, reactor & nuclear fuel cycle modelling techniques, & application of methods to improve safety
  • Understanding of safety regulation relating to pressurised loops & nuclear reactors
  • Knowledge of cogeneration, research reactor design, energy system modelling & medical isotope generation
  • Experience of translation activities to deliver impact from research in commercial sectors
  • A range of relevant and active links with industry & academic network including a strong network in the UK’s nuclear supply 
  • Membership of editorial boards
  • Reviewer for funding bodies
  • Experience of providing expert advice to clients/outside bodies

Skills/Abilities

Essential
  • Ability to lead research groups and facilitate, improve & inspire work of colleagues.
  • Excellent verbal & written skills in English.
  • Candidates will be expected to work positively in a bilingual environment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the bilingual nature of the institution and area, and the ensuing responsibilities.
Teaching Skills: Desirable
  • Experience of supervising undergraduate &/or postgraduate projects
  • Experience of teaching at higher education level with evidence of successful student learning outcomes.
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching (e.g. teaching profile, peer observation, student feedback, teaching award).
  • Experience of innovative approaches to course design, module development, learning & teaching and assessment practice.
  • Experience of module development & delivery in higher education.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducting world-leading and internationally-significant research in experimental thermal hydraulics supported by advanced modelling applied to nuclear and other sectors, with substantial evidence of quality and international peer recognition.
  • Developing a portfolio of funded projects and  collaborations with industry.
  • Teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and post-graduate supervision.
  • Undertaking School and College leadership roles as required.

Research

  • Maintenance of a research portfolio  including development of research proposals and management of research projects with global impact.
  • Lead authorship of research in internationally-leading refereed journals  or other appropriate media.
  • Leadership of research groups and evidence of facilitating, improving and inspiring the work of colleagues.
  • Supporting development of the NFI’s THOR and using it to underpin your research.
  • Supervision of PhDs to completion.
  • Staff mentoring.
  • Significant contribution to development of research strategy and/or research support and infrastructure within the University/College/School.
  • Undertaking lead role in initiatives to develop, enhance and support grant applications.
  • Member of national (and/or international) committees, funding bodies and editorial boards.
  • Significant and sustained evidence of applications to recognised research funding bodies with a high success rate.
  • Liaising with national research bodies to identify future research requirements.
  • Undertaking regular peer review duties for respected international journals and Funding bodies.
  • Contributing to policymaking in thermal hydraulics research.

Supervision of Research Students and Teaching:

  • Supervise research-led individual and group projects.
  • Supervise PhD’s to completion and undertake PhD examining in the UK and internationally.
  • Contribute to development, planning, implementation and delivery of high quality undergraduate and postgraduate curricula in nuclear sciences and related fields.
  • Keep abreast of new professional, educational and related social, economic and technological developments.
  • Act as personal tutor to students.
  • Review modules and programmes and quality assurance mechanisms.
  • Develop collaboration in terms of skills development across subject and disciplinary boundaries.

Management and Administration:

  • Leadership of significant third mission activities with the development of major projects with commercial impact.
  • Sustaining a high profile through external roles (e.g. advisory capacity to government bodies).
  • Significant leadership in knowledge transfer and impact activities, including development of projects with commercial impact.
  • Significant contribution to the University’s mission (e.g. collaboration with other HEIs in the UK and further afield, promotion of equality and diversity, the Athena SWAN agenda and the Welsh language).
  • Participating in student recruitment and induction procedures.
  • Contributing to School/Department’s/College’s management and administration of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
  • Undertaking other duties and responsibilities as directed by the line manager.
  • Recruitment and supervision of new members of the research group including; staff, visiting researchers and students.

Line Management:

  • Responsible to Sêr Cymru Chair, Prof Bill Lee FREng, FLSW.
  • Responsible for leadership and line management of project personnel including Post-Doctoral Research Assistants.

This list of duties is not meant to be exhaustive, but merely an indication of the main areas of activity of the post. It may be amended or added to, at the discretion of the Head of School/Dean of College, with other duties commensurate with the function and grade following consultation with the post-holder.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The post holder will be expected to participate, and lead as appropriate, in performance review and developmental activities.
  • The post holder will be expected to comply with the University’s equality policies and statements, Dignity at Work and Study Policy and the University’s Welsh Language Scheme.
  • The post holder has a general and legal duty of care in relation to health, safety and wellbeing and must take all reasonable steps to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for him/her self and for other members of staff, students and visitors affected by his/her actions or inactions.  The post holder is also required to comply with all applicable health and safety policies, procedures and risk assessments.
  • The post holder must comply with relevant legal and financial policies and procedures and be aware of their responsibilities in terms of the legal requirements of their post.
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General

The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds.  We strive to develop a workforce from all sections of the community regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age. We promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language through our progressive Welsh Language Policy. We comply with the Welsh Language Standards and are committed to equality of opportunity. You are welcome to apply for any job in English or Welsh and all applications submitted will be treated equally.

We are a member of Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Gender Equality charter and hold a Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to and progress towards gender equality within the University’s policies, practices, and culture. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

All members of staff have a duty to ensure their actions are in line with the overall environmental aims of the University and minimise their environmental impact.

All offers are made subject to proof of eligibility to work in the UK and receipt of satisfactory references. 

All candidates must meet the requirements of UK ‘right to work’ requirements *** If you require Home Office permission to work in the UK, or need to switch your visa status in order to take this job  we recommend you use the following link to information about the routes into employment and to check eligibility requirements:  https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas

Please note that we are unable to employ anyone who does not have the right to live and work in the UK legally.   When applying for this post you will be required to explain the basis upon which you believe you will be able to live and work in the UK legally on the commencement date of the role should your application be successful.

Candidates should also note that they may be required to apply for an ATAS certificate (Academic Approval Technology Scheme)  from the Counter-Proliferation and Arms Control Centre of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office before being able to apply for a visa – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/academic-technology-approval-scheme.

Please note that, in the event of applications being received from candidates on the University’s Redeployment Register with a reasonable skills match to the post specification, these applicants will be given prior consideration.