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Do you want to help shape the future of the world’s energy?

There are a multitude of exciting career opportunities at UKAEA’s fusion research and technology programme at Culham Science Centre.

Why join us?

CCFE and its operator the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) lead the world in fusion research, with a wide range of programmes working on the key challenges of putting fusion power on the grid.

UKAEA operates the world’s largest fusion experiment, JET, on behalf of EU partners. JET plays a critical role in preparing for the next step international device ITER. In spite of Brexit, future funding prospects for JET look very positive; a contract for operation until the end of 2020 has been agreed, and negotiations between the UK and EU for funding well into the mid 2020s are well advanced.

In addition, UKAEA’s research and technology activities are growing rapidly with exciting new experiments and facilities operating or under construction. These include:

  • The UK’s £50M compact fusion experiment MAST Upgrade, due to start operations in 2020;
  • Ground-breaking work in our RACE robotics test facility for fusion, fission and other industries;
  • A thriving materials science programme centred on the new Materials Research Facility at Culham;
  • £86M of funding secured for tritium and components testing facilities, to be constructed by 2021 at Culham and at a new centre in Rotherham, Yorkshire;
  • A hi-tech apprentice training centre, Oxfordshire Advanced Skills, which opened in September 2019.
CCFE scientists

A major new project – the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production or ‘STEP’ – is building on all of this expertise and starting to design a UK compact fusion power plant.

UKAEA needs to recruit a very wide range of technical and support staff to ensure all of these activities fulfil their objectives – a great time to be joining the quest for fusion energy!

What can we offer?

There are a wide range of opportunities, from scientific and engineering roles to professional support positions – click here to see our current job vacancies.

We have professionally accredited training schemes for graduate engineers and apprentices, and strong links with universities around the UK for PhD placements at UKAEA.

UKAEA offers a range of benefits including flexible working with a healthy work-life balance, structured professional development and a final salary pension scheme. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and actively promote equality amongst our staff. UKAEA is a member of the Athena SWAN gender equality charter and was awarded Bronze status in 2015 and again in 2019.

Why work at Culham? Hear from our employees in their words – watch the video below.

Current opportunities

We are recruiting to a wide range of scientific, engineering, technical and support posts to enable us to meet the growing demands of our challenging fusion research and technology programmes. We welcome applications for these positions and, if we don’t have a vacancy immediately, we will keep your CV on file and contact you when we do.

Enthusiasm, an open mind and ability to learn are the most important assets we are looking for. UKAEA is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourage applications from women to enable them to pursue rewarding careers in the science and technology field. We will train suitable applicants who have transferable skills but who have not had experience in the nuclear industry.

We have requirements for graduate and post-doctoral engineers, scientists and technologists in the following general areas: Scientific research/physics; Engineering; Technical; Professional Support; Construction and Project Management.

If you have an enquiry about recruitment and careers at Culham, please contact recruitment@ukaea.uk. Alternatively click here for current vacancies.

UKAEA offers reasonable adjustments in selection procedures to create a disability-confident workplace; practical or emotional support are at the heart of our ethos and we aim at promoting a fair outcome. Please contact the recruitment team (email address above) regarding your interview requirements and we will enable you to perform to your best ability.

Contract engineering opportunities at Culham

Click below to view the latest contract opportunities at our supply partner, Rullion Engineering.

Rullion Engineering

Click below to view the latest contract opportunities at our supply partner, Morson Group.

Morson Group
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