SPACE WEATHER JOB OPENING IN INDUSTRY: Natural Hazards Research Engineer at EDF

Dear UKSP colleagues,

EDF Energy, the largest generator of zero-carbon energy in Britain, have just published a job opening for a Natural Hazards Research Engineer to work on space weather projects. You will be joining the Natural Hazards R&D team in the EDF Energy R&D UK Centre to help deliver and forward one of the few space weather research programmes embedded in the nuclear energy industry. This role delivers research value by improving the space weather resilience of nuclear power stations and other energy assets, in the UK and internationally.

Employment Type: Full/Part Time
Location: London
Advert Closing Date: 9th November 2022
Interview Dates: Mid-late November
Link to apply:

The opportunity….

As a Natural Hazards Research Engineer, you’ll be responsible for carrying out technical and scientific studies on natural hazards characterisation. This role will focus on the characterisation of extreme space weather hazards (geomagnetically induced currents caused by geomagnetic storms and solar energetic particle events caused by solar flares etc.) using statistical analysis, mathematical modelling, and other tools.

You’ll supervise research projects carried out by students (interns, PhD, etc.) and propose new research projects to ensure EDF Energy remain at the forefront of applied scientific development and be responsible for producing and presenting innovative and relevant research results for the R&D UK Centre in the above discipline to inform key impactful decisions taken regarding the safety of the nuclear power plant fleet and renewables.

The Natural Hazards Research Engineer will interface with external academic partners, public organizations, and internal stakeholders at various levels to ensure relevant information is gathered and presented.

What we’re looking for…

Being a Natural Hazards Research Engineer at EDF means, you’ll have a scientific background ideally at the PhD level or several years’ experience in a relevant discipline as space weather, solar physics, magnetospheric physics, astrophysics, natural hazards, or extreme statistics. You will have had high exposure to statistical techniques and modelling approaches for space weather, solar physics, or magnetospheric physics (e.g., modelling of geomagnetic storms, ground-level magnetic field data, or space radiation environment modelling).

The Natural Hazards Research Engineer will have excellent analytical and problem skills paired with the ability to develop creative and efficient solutions. You’ll have the ability to take methodologies from scientific research papers, understand where they should be applied and to apply them to new datasets and applications.

The Natural Hazards Research Engineer will be proficient level in development of statistical analysis tools (R, Python for instance) and have an enthusiasm for scientific and applied research studies. You’ll have a flexible approach to work and be able to deal with stakeholders at all levels. The Natural Hazards Research Engineer will be able to show evidence of delivery of project/research work and how this made an impact and hold excellent organisation and time management skills.

Best wishes,

Matt Allcock
Natural Hazards Research Engineer – Space weather specialist
Environment & Natural Hazards
R&D UK Centre