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Careers in the Nuclear Industry - Dr Hugo Williams

  1. 1. Careers in the Nuclear IndustryCollege of Science & EngineeringPostgraduate Career Symposium24 March 2011<br />Dr Hugo Williams<br />Department of Physics and Astronomy<br />
  2. 2. Objectives<br />What is the nuclear industry?<br />What is the ‘nuclear power renaissance’?<br />What makes the nuclear industry an attractive career option?<br />How do you get into the industry?<br />Where can you get further information?<br />
  3. 3. My background<br />MEng, then PhD in Aerospace Engineering<br />Joined Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear, Advanced Concepts Team<br />Engineer developing new products<br />Set up a graduate programme for R-R Civil Nuclear<br />Joined University of Leicester in May 2010 to work on Space Nuclear Power<br />
  4. 4. All these sectors require technical skills from the full range of physical science and engineering disciplines.<br />Regardless of technical background, a key requirement for working in the nuclear industry is a commitment to safety and attention to detail.<br />What is the nuclear industry?<br />
  5. 5. What is the nuclear power ‘renaissance’?<br />Future trends:<br /><ul><li>Electricity demand will be steady or increasing
  6. 6. Population and quality of life increasing
  7. 7. Offset by improved energy efficiency
  8. 8. Older power stations need replacing
  9. 9. Especially nuclear power plants
  10. 10. Must cut greenhouse gas emissions
  11. 11. Source UK Govt. figures.
  12. 12. Average 2006 - 2008
  13. 13. Note this is just electricity - not transport use.</li></li></ul><li>What is the nuclear power ‘renaissance’?<br />About 15% of UK generating capacity<br />
  14. 14. What is the nuclear power ‘renaissance’?<br />The UK government is giving electricity generating companies the option to invest in new nuclear plants<br />Providing they meet exacting safety standards<br />Areva EPR™ <br /><br />Westinghouse AP1000™<br /> <br />
  15. 15. What makes the nuclear industry an attractive career option?<br />Expanding job opportunities with generally competitive salaries<br />Nuclear industry is highly multidisciplinary<br />Good opportunities for travel and work abroad<br />The long ‘lifecycle’ of nuclear projects is expected to provide long term job-security<br />Safety standards and regulation mean training and development are highly valued<br />Significant and rewarding technical challenges with real relevance to society<br />
  16. 16. How can you get into the industry?<br />Funding academic research<br />Might your research interests have relevance to nuclear topics?<br />Direct entry positions<br />Usually if your postgrad or postdoc is directly related to the role<br />But some more general positions may be appropriate if you can match your ‘general’ skills and experience<br />Graduate development programmes<br />Do not discount just because you are about to complete a PhD!<br />Skills and experience gained as a postgrad can make you stand out<br />Companies generally invest very heavily in graduate schemes<br />
  17. 17. Where can you get further information?<br />Some Nuclear career links are on the Engineering careers page of the SSDS website (but are relevant to science disciplines as well!)<br /><br />The Nuclear Institute, Young Generation Network - industry and career info: <br />Also some videos at:<br />Nuclear Liaison - contacts for graduate scheme and summer placement opportunities:<br />Nuclear Industry Association – UK Nuclear Jobs Map –<br />Nucleargraduates - a graduate scheme run by a collaboration of nuclear employers:<br />
  18. 18. Questions?<br />