Design Authority Radiological, Environment and Waste Lead




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newcleo is a clean and safe nuclear technology company. Privately funded and headquartered in London, UK, newcleo was launched in 2021 to be a disruptor in the field of nuclear energy. Its mission is to generate safe, clean, economic and inexhaustible energy for the world, through a radically innovative combination of existing, accessible technologies.

newcleo is building the next generation system with the goals to:

  1. eliminate the need for geological repositories by using a fast neutron flux avoiding the production of long life radioactive elements;
  2. accelerate the development of new fuel cycles, including MOX (Mixed Pu-U Oxides) and eventually thorium, that provide clean, safe and inexhaustible energy from nuclei and the opportunity to burn the long-lived nuclear waste produced by the old generation of nuclear reactors;
  3. ultimately develop an Accelerator Driven System (ADS), based on the intrinsically safe coupling of a particle accelerator and a sub-critical reactor.

With visionary co-founders, newcleo brings together an international team of senior engineers with deep knowledge of nuclear energy and new recruits with a fresh mindset, working to develop designs based on innovative Lead-cooled Fast Reactors (LFRs). These LFRs will meet the commercial demand for small terrestrial waste-to-energy reactors.

In the UK, newcleo’s immediate focus is on delivering a prototype 30MWe LFR by 2030 followed by an initial battery of 4-6 x 200MWe reactors with deployment in the early 2030s. We are building our team to meet this challenging and exciting objective.

newcleo wants to be the first step toward the evolution of its industry to become fully respectful of people and the environment. To develop a new, sustainable, and completely safe way of generating nuclear energy that will lead humanity to zero emissions, and to the mitigation of global warming.

Reports to (Job Title):

Design Authority Manager, UK Operations

Job Description

This role will assume prime responsibility for delivering Design Authority capabilities in the areas of radiation protection, radwaste and the Best Available Techique (BAT) case of the LFR. As part of the Design Authority function, you will be responsible for the management of the skills and knowledge, processes and documentation relating to RP, the environment and waste. Leading a team of personnel you will work with the project delivery team to provide specification of requirements, oversight of design development and delivery and acceptance of the design as appropriate for deployment in the UK. You will guide the development and management of the safety case and topic lead strategies for your designated area to support GDA and subsequent development for detailed design and site license for the First Commercial Unit (FCU).You will work closely with newcleo colleagues and key stakeholders supporting and guiding our expert designers and engineers at our R&D centre in Turin to ensure the design is safe, affordable, consentable and meets all UK regulatory requirements

Main Activities

  • Provide technical advice and guidance in the areas of Radiation Protection, Environment and Radwaste to the UK Project Team and the Turin Engineering Team to ensure ensure the design is safe, affordable, consentable and meets all UK regulatory requirements.
  • Develop and deliver appropriate capability to meet Design Authority requirements in the areas of Radiation Protection, Environment and Radwaste. This will include a skills and knowledge framework for development of appropriately skilled and experienced personnel, recruitment and establishing support through consultants and contractors as necessary.
  • Support the preparation of an integrated plan for the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the UK projects, ensuring interfaces and key milestones are clearly identified and defined, work is broken down into unique work packages and resources are clearly identified.
  • Identify the contract technical requirements re: RP, Environment and Readwaste, working closely with the Project Leads and broader newcleo team.
  • Develop the safety case for area of responsibility, working closely with the Project Leads to ensure design information and evidence is available and working in a collaborative and iterative way with the design to develop a suitable and fit for purpose safety case.
  • Support the GDA Project Manager as a Topic Lead for RP, Environment and Radwaste, providing the necessary deliverables and managing the identification and resolution of regulatory issues quickly and effectively.
  • Apply best practices in safety case development in line with newcleo processes and procedures, and ensure deliverables are  provided to time, cost, quality and without compromise to achieving safety, security and environmental outcomes balanced effectively with a commercially viable project that can help meet UK environmental and security goals for energy.

Experience / Professional requirements

  • Demonstrated technical knowledge and experience relevant to the areas of Radiation Protection, Environment and Radwaste providing Design Authority capability as an Intelligent Customer or equivalent type of role.
  • Experience in the application of Radiation Protection, Environmental and Radwaste principles in Nuclear Power. Demonstrating application and success specifically in the UK regulatory environment is preferable, but success internationally with an understanding of UK requirements considered.
  • Experience in the development of requirements specification for nuclear design through the whole lifecycle .       
  • Extensive subject specific knowledge of power plant design, UK codes, standards, regulations and operational requirements.
  • Experience in the structuring, preparation and review of safety cases and BAT cases.
  • Previous experience in the delivery of GDA in the UK desirable.
  • High levels of motivation and commitment; Attention to detail.
  • Builds strong collaborative relationships with colleagues whist providing strong constructive challenge.
  • Masters degree in a relevant engineering or science subject.


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