Energetic Particle Physicist

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 large 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. A major upgrade of the UK`s flagship fusion experiment, the Mega-Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST, sited at Culham) is currently nearing completion.

We are seeking a physicist for a two year fixed term appointment to coordinate experimental studies of fast particles generated by the injection of energetic neutral beams into MAST Upgrade (MAST-U), and characterise the redistribution and loss of fast particles, primarily using a fast ion deuterium-alpha (FIDA) diagnostic. The appointee will also be responsible for the routine operation and maintenance of the FIDA diagnostic, and will propose improvements where possible, as well as coordinating the operation and use of the suite of fast particle diagnostics on MAST-U. This also includes a neutron camera, a fast ion loss detector and a neutral particle analyser.

Key accountabilities/responsibilities include:

  • Responsibility for the routine operation of the fast ion deuterium-alpha diagnostic and production of analysed data.
  • Coordination of the exploitation and development of the fast ion loss detector, neutron camera and neutral particle analyser diagnostics with external collaborators.
  • Proposing and leading/contributing to research on MAST-U.
  • Proposing and leading/contributing to research carried out through EUROfusion work packages.
  • Reporting results at science and other regular progress meetings.
  • Disseminating results through conferences and peer reviewed journal papers

Attachments: Web-2558-EnergeticParticlePhysicist-ApplicationPackV2.pdf

Knowledge skills and experience


  • PhD level of knowledge of experimental plasma physics.
  • Proven ability to carry out detailed analysis of experimental data, use of suitable tools, error analysis, etc.
  • Proficiency with programming languages, e.g. C, FORTRAN, IDL, Python.
  • Proven ability to conduct independent research.
  • Ability to interact with physicists and understand their requirements.
  • Good oral and written communications skills.
  • The post-holder must be an excellent team-player with an outward facing work-ethos as he/she will work closely with scientists from around the world.


  • Experience of using spectroscopy diagnostics, e.g. spectrometers.
  • Experience of developing optical plasma diagnostics.
  • Good knowledge of fast particle atomic physics.
  • Experience of developing sophisticated data analysis codes in high level languages, e.g. IDL and Python, using curve fitting, error propagation and tomographic reconstruction.
  • Strong record of publications in a closely related field.
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