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    • Careers in the Nuclear IndustryCollege of Science & EngineeringPostgraduate Career Symposium24 March 2011
      Dr Hugo Williams
      Department of Physics and Astronomy
    • Objectives
      What is the nuclear industry?
      What is the ‘nuclear power renaissance’?
      What makes the nuclear industry an attractive career option?
      How do you get into the industry?
      Where can you get further information?
    • My background
      MEng, then PhD in Aerospace Engineering
      Joined Rolls-Royce Civil Nuclear, Advanced Concepts Team
      Engineer developing new products
      Set up a graduate programme for R-R Civil Nuclear
      Joined University of Leicester in May 2010 to work on Space Nuclear Power
    • All these sectors require technical skills from the full range of physical science and engineering disciplines.
      Regardless of technical background, a key requirement for working in the nuclear industry is a commitment to safety and attention to detail.
      What is the nuclear industry?
    • What is the nuclear power ‘renaissance’?
      Future trends:
      • Electricity demand will be steady or increasing
      • Population and quality of life increasing
      • Offset by improved energy efficiency
      • Older power stations need replacing
      • Especially nuclear power plants
      • Must cut greenhouse gas emissions
      • Source UK Govt. figures.
      • Average 2006 - 2008
      • Note this is just electricity - not transport use.
    • What is the nuclear power ‘renaissance’?
      About 15% of UK generating capacity
    • What is the nuclear power ‘renaissance’?
      The UK government is giving electricity generating companies the option to invest in new nuclear plants
      Providing they meet exacting safety standards
      Areva EPR™
      www.epr-reactor.co.uk
      Westinghouse AP1000™
      www.ukap1000application.com
    • What makes the nuclear industry an attractive career option?
      Expanding job opportunities with generally competitive salaries
      Nuclear industry is highly multidisciplinary
      Good opportunities for travel and work abroad
      The long ‘lifecycle’ of nuclear projects is expected to provide long term job-security
      Safety standards and regulation mean training and development are highly valued
      Significant and rewarding technical challenges with real relevance to society
    • How can you get into the industry?
      Funding academic research
      Might your research interests have relevance to nuclear topics?
      Direct entry positions
      Usually if your postgrad or postdoc is directly related to the role
      But some more general positions may be appropriate if you can match your ‘general’ skills and experience
      Graduate development programmes
      Do not discount just because you are about to complete a PhD!
      Skills and experience gained as a postgrad can make you stand out
      Companies generally invest very heavily in graduate schemes
    • Where can you get further information?
      Some Nuclear career links are on the Engineering careers page of the SSDS website (but are relevant to science disciplines as well!)
      http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/ssds/sd/careers/plan/occupation/engineering
      The Nuclear Institute, Young Generation Network - industry and career info: http://www.nuclearinst-ygn.com/
      Also some videos at: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheNIYGN
      Nuclear Liaison - contacts for graduate scheme and summer placement opportunities: http://www.nuclearliaison.com/industrycontacts
      Nuclear Industry Association – UK Nuclear Jobs Map – http://www.niauk.org/images/stories/pdfs/jobs%20map%202010%20with%20cover%20articles.pdf
      Nucleargraduates - a graduate scheme run by a collaboration of nuclear employers: http://www.nucleargraduates.com/
    • Questions?