Materials Engineer

Location: Derby or Warrington

Organisation: Engineering

Department: Development Engineering, Plant Engineering

Required Security Clearance: BPSS

Job Title & Location 

Nuclear Materials Engineer

This is more than just a job; this is a legacy. 

Rolls Royce SMR are looking to recruit a number of Nuclear Materials Engineers (from Graduate up to Senior-level) to form part of the core of the Materials and Chemistry team for their Small Modular Reactors power plants programme. These individuals will play a pivotal role in the development and engineering of SMR technology through a complex lifecycle, with the intent of delivering a clean energy solution which can deliver cost competitive and scalable net zero power for multiple applications.

These roles will ideally suit Materials Engineers with prior nuclear industry experience, though candidates with other relevant backgrounds will happily be considered.


Rolls-Royce SMR was established with one clear goal - to deliver clean, affordable energy for all. 

Rolls-Royce SMR offers a radically different approach to delivering nuclear power. A 90% factory-built solution, drastically reducing project risk, shortening construction times and increasing delivery certainty.

The Rolls-Royce SMR is a world-class global product for a global market - using established nuclear technology developed by a UK-based team building on decades of engineering, manufacturing and nuclear reactor design experience. 


About the position

The responsibilities of the materials team during the next phase of work, and therefore what the successful candidate is expected to lead aspects of, or contribute towards, include:

  • Develop and specify material requirements
  • Support the design as part of a cross-functional team
  • Develop and maintain a materials database
  • Create and embed a materials standardisation strategy to reduce the different types of materials on the power plant
  • Develop the ageing management plan, including material substantiation, through technical justification of material degradation mechanisms relevant to Light Water Reactors (LWRs)
  • Develop cleanliness and non-metallic controls for the prevention of cross-contamination and/or corrosion
  • Develop the infrastructure of the metallography laboratory
  • Present technical arguments and link these to safety claims
  • From a non-technical viewpoint, the successful candidate is expected to:
  • Conduct work according to the best applicable safety, technical and regulatory standards, consistent with relevant good practice
  • Build relationships, provide support, identify and lead materials related activities in conjunction with other technical disciplines
  • Comply with corporate, business and legislative requirements. Champion company values including Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. But we'll let you in on a secret: there's no such thing as a 'perfect' candidate. If you feel you meet 75% of the requirements for this role, we would love to hear from you. 

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree level qualifications in Material Science or similar, or possess equivalent qualifications
  • Previous experience within the nuclear industry is preferable
  • Database management experience would be useful
  • Safety case justification experience would also be useful
  • Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. But we'll let you in on a secret: there's no such thing as a 'perfect' candidate. If you feel you meet 75% of the requirements for this role, we would love to hear from you. 

Also, if you are considering a career move or a sector-jump, please get in touch, we welcome applications from people with transferable skills. 


Pay and Benefits

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.


Who we are

Rolls-Royce SMR’s small modular reactor (SMR) programme is the first of its kind in the UK.

A Rolls-Royce SMR power station will have the capacity to generate 470mw of low-carbon energy, equivalent to more than 150 onshore wind turbines. It will provide consistent baseload generation for at least 60 years, helping achieve the Government’s target of 24GW of nuclear energy by 2050.

In addition to stable base load power, Rolls-Royce SMRs will be able to provide energy for the manufacture of green hydrogen and synthetic fuels, to support the path to Net Zero and the decarbonisation of transport.

Out technology is based upon well-established Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) technology, in use all over the world, but Rolls-Royce SMR’s unique approach will see the reactor components built in factory conditions and assembled on site.

Our factory-built model is entirely scalable, as demand increases, we invest in further factories using the same design and management systems used for all our SMRs.


When fully operational the Rolls-Royce SMR programme is forecast to create 40,000 regional UK jobs by 2050 and generate £52bn in economic benefit.  

Having begun the design assessment process with the UK regulators, the organisation is at a point where it needs to significantly increase its workforce, offering candidates the opportunity to work with cutting edge technology within a world-class team.


How to apply

Rolls-Royce SMR is an equal opportunities employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

‍However you identify or whatever your path here, please apply if you see a position that interests or excites you. Come join us and help us build a global company where we're all proud to belong. Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. But we'll let you in on a secret: there's no such thing as a 'perfect' candidate. 

Rolls-Royce SMR is a place where everyone can grow, so whatever background you bring with you, please apply if this is a role that would make you excited to come into work every day.

If you are not yet ready to apply, but would like to find out more, please contact to arrange a confidential conversation with a recruitment partner.