R&D Project Engineer




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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.

Job Description

The R&D Project Engineer will collaborate to the Lead Fast Reactor (LFR) research and development program definition and implementation focusing-on the technical coordination for experimental facilities relevant to support the design maturity with particular reference, but not limited to, operation in molten lead.

Main Responsibilities

  • Ensure the technical coordination among multi-disciplinary engineering teams involved in the LFR research and development (R&D) project.
  • Manage the internal technical interfaces and implement the technical solutions agreed upon with the Heads of the involved Units.
  • Coordinates the engineering activities related to the R&D project to achieve the technical project objectives in the most effective and efficient manner.
  • Define the engineering plans and operating budgets, as well as all subsequent amendments and variations submitted to the PMO, establishing the applicable efficiency standards with the Head of the different Units.
  • Supply and/or control the inputs for the design phase of R&D project.
  • Contribute to the purchasing technical documentation for R&D equipment supply.
  • Technical evaluation and alignment of manufacturer bids for the supply of equipment.
  • Perform overall quality control of the work (budget, schedule, plans, personnel’s performance) and report regularly on project status.
  • Verify the technical correctness of the engineering documents produced when the task is delegated by the Line Managers.
  • Produce and test prototype/facility implementations of systems to help answer research questions
  • Act as the technical point of contact for the R&D program stakeholders.
  • Applying the company procedure of Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety System and Organizational Model.
  • Ensure that intellectual property rules are followed, and act accordingly.
  • Participates in and fosters a work environment that is based upon openness, trust, communication, teamwork, empowerment, innovation, and satisfaction.

Desired Qualifications

  • Degree in Nuclear Mechanical Engineering (Master or PhD is a plus)
  • Working knowledge of the English language is a must.
  • Proven working experience as a Project Engineer
  • Knowledgeable in the design or manufacturing with mechanical products
  • Excellent knowledge of computer and data acquisition skills
  • Familiarity with rules, regulations, best practices and performance standards especially for molten lead technology
  • Experience in a nuclear or other highly regulated environment and good understanding of safety aspects would be a definite advantage
  • At least 7 years’ experience in an Engineering Unit at any industrial and R&D company in one or more of the following fields: mechanical components design and manufacturing; manufacturing and assembly of large mechanical components / equipment; design components/mechanism for industrial applications

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