Applied Physicist/Engineer

UK Atomic Energy Authority UKAEA

Do you want to help shape the future of the world`s energy? Nuclear fusion, the process that powers the Sun, can play a big part in our carbon-free energy future. Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (the research arm of the UK Atomic Energy Authority), is one of the world`s leading fusion research laboratories. In addition, UKAEA is also growing a major fusion technology programme, focussing on major challenges facing future fusion power stations.

In addition, £86m has recently been secured for UKAEA to build two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation, further cementing UKAEA leading role in this transformative new energy technology. 

We are seeking a couple of applied physicist/engineers to join us in growing key technologies related to fusion energy realisation within our expanding Technology Department. The candidate will carry out superconducting magnet related design, analysis and experimental work for superconducting magnetic devices. Work areas include:

  • Electro-magnetic assessment for the electrical arc safety of a superconducting system, such as superconducting magnets in ITER and DEMO
  • Design and modelling for the electrical arc experimental R&D 
  • Research and development on the advanced superconducting materials, e.g. high temperature superconductor to be applied to the magnetic fusion reactor
  • Design and analysis of superconducting magnets of a magnetic fusion reactor in close collaboration with China fusion lab focusing on the CFETR (Chinese Fusion Experimental Test Reactor)

Attachments: Web-2458-AppliedPhysicistEngineer-ApplicationPack.pdf

Knowledge skills and experience


  • Obtained a PhD degree in a relevant physics or engineering or computer science degree.
  • Experience with engineering analysis tools, such as ANSYS, Fluent or similar tools, and programming
  • Tracked record of technical work or project delivery, including thesis, reports, publication or products
  • Excellent technical report writing to record the project work and outcomes
  • Good interpersonal skills 
  • Self-motivated with a strong ability to work as part of a team
  • Interact with colleagues and experts in other scientific fields and work across multiple cultures internationally


  • Proven track record of project work delivery of relevant fields 
  • Knowledge and/or experience with: magnetic confinement fusion; scientific programming/scripting; high performance computing
  • Knowledge and/or experience of superconductor would be advantageous
  • Knowledge and/or experience of manufacturing or experimental instrumentation would be an asset
  • Knowledge and/or experience of high-voltage engineering would be an asset

Special requirements:

Successful candidate may have the option to work abroad, e.g. other European countries, China or US for a period from a few weeks to 2 years

These are fixed term appointments for 2-3 years depending on the level of experience.


Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance - The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role.

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