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Fellowship, PhD and MSc opportunities

PhD and MSc opportunities

Every year UKAEA aims to host new PhD and MSc projects with UK universities addressing plasma physics, materials science and fusion engineering, providing a range of exciting research opportunities.

The projects range from the theoretical, through computational modelling, to experimental studies. Most students are based at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE), while some are based at the partner university. All projects have a Culham and university supervisor.

Typically starting each October, we run a broad range of PhD and MSc projects with different university departments around the UK. Please check this page for updates and links to specific opportunities.

PhD student

Fusion research fellowships

Research fellowships currently available at CCFE and partner organisations :

Culham Fusion Research Fellowship (UKAEA)

Salary: ~ £34k – £37k depending on experience

Closing date: Applications for the 2020 intake are closed.

Each year the UK Atomic Energy Authority aims to appoint one or two outstanding scientists or engineers who have recently completed a doctorate to a two-year research fellowship in any field of fusion research conducted at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE).

Candidates need to be highly motivated and show initiative. Managed and/or self-directed personal training and career development at Culham and elsewhere will be available and there will be opportunities for conference attendance and involvement in scientific outreach activities. Periods of overseas placements with our collaborators will be encouraged. The appointments will be two-year fixed term staff positions.


In general, successful candidates will have completed their doctorates in the previous five years. Candidates need a good degree in physics, mathematics, materials or engineering science and a relevant PhD, preferably in fusion research. Since academic excellence is one of the selection criteria, it is recommended candidates mention significant prizes or other recognition.

Application procedure for Culham Fusion Research Fellowships

Applications are invited each Autumn – please check back later this year for information on applying for the 2021 fellowships.
If you have any questions please email them to recruitment@ukaea.uk

Work Permit requirement

Candidates from outside the European Economic Area are reminded that they will need to produce clear documentation to show that they have formal permission to work in the UK. The UK Atomic Energy Authority is unable to employ anyone who does not have formal consent to work in the UK. Current limits on immigration to the UK mean that the Authority’s ability to sponsor employees under Tier 2 (General) of the points based system is very limited. Candidates are advised to explore possible alternative legitimate procedures which do not require sponsorship by the UK Atomic Energy Authority.

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