Salary: Negotiable
Reference : 21718

Nuclear Reactor Materials & Chemistry Engineer (Verification & Testing)

Make a difference with a world class company

As part of the rapid growth of Rolls-Royce SMR Ltd, an exciting opportunity has arisen for talented engineers to join its Development Engineering organisation to drive the design Verification and Validation programme.

The role of the Nuclear Reactor Materials & Chemistry Engineer provides a unique opportunity to work on the development of a new nuclear power station design that will contribute to the global reduction of carbon emissions. The role could be based out of Rolls-Royce SMR’s Derby or Warrington offices, with opportunities for hybrid working.

About Rolls-Royce SMR:

Rolls-Royce SMR is a new business, specifically created to design, construct and deliver a new fleet of Small Modular Reactor power plants that will play a key role on the race to Net Zero, as well as providing energy security.  Created through Rolls-Royce’s passion for engineering excellence, this is an exciting new business which expects to become a leading player in the future of energy.

Rolls-Royce SMR has a start-up mentality, with a high performing team that drives for efficiency and innovation in everything they do – and will provide a rewarding career for those who want to be bold and create a legacy.

 About the Role:

You will be the focal point for Materials & Chemistry for the power station’s Verification and Validation programme.

The Verification & Validation approach is based on Systems Engineering principles, which have been proven worldwide as a key to delivering highly complex products.  Using these principles, you will work with design engineers and materials and chemistry specialists to develop verification strategies that set out the activities needed to show the design meets its requirements. As part of this you will need to consider pre-existing test data from previous sources.

Where new experimental testing is required, you will provide both technical leadership and project management of those test programmes, which we expect to perform in the supply chain using some world-leading testing/research laboratories. 

About You:

You will have:

  • A degree-level qualification in Engineering, Materials or other Physical Sciences, Mathematics or a related discipline.
  • Become professionally recognised through a professional body, or be working towards it.
  • Experience in the field of Reactor Materials & Chemistry, e.g. corrosion or environmentally-driven degradation mechanisms, primary and secondary chemistry, sampling/measurement systems.
  • Experience of experimental testing related to materials or chemistry issues.
  • A Systems Thinking mind-set, and experience of using Systems Engineering principles to solve complex problems
  • A proactive, positive attitude, with the desire and ability to learn fast, challenge the status-quo and to make a difference.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills - able to work with a multi-disciplinary team to solve a problem and to distil complex technical topics into simple forms.
  • Experience of working with regulatory bodies such as the UK Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) and Environment Agency (EA) – although this is desirable rather than essential.

  Key Responsibilities of the Role will be:

  • Defining and managing the design Verification Strategy for Materials & Chemistry aspects of the power station design, bringing together expertise across the wider engineering team.
  • Applying technical knowledge to act as an Intelligent Customer when discussing methods of verification with design engineers and vendors.

  • Defining Materials & Chemistry test programmes where required to provide verification evidence.  Planning and managing those test programmes, which are likely to be conducted within the supply chain.

  • Reviewing/auditing Materials & Chemistry verification activities conducted both internally and externally in the supply chain, to the highest standards of quality.

  • Collating Materials & Chemistry-related verification evidence and using it to assess design compliance to requirements.

  • Representing the Plant Verification Manager at technical and programme reviews.

Benefits and Work Conditions:

  •  A highly competitive salary is on offer along with a performance related bonus.
  • A range of flexible benefits are available to choose from, enabling you to create a bespoke package to suit your needs.

  • Travel: the location of work can be either Derby or Warrington.

  • Flexible working / hybrid and remote working patterns are available with agreement.

  • Working hours are 37.5 hrs per week with some additional hours as and when required.

  • Rolls-Royce SMR are an equal opportunities employer.

For further information on this opportunity, please contact Molly Brown on 02392 603030 or email

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