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Fellowship, PhD and MSc opportunities

Post-graduate opportunities – Masters and PhDs

Are you an outstanding scientist or engineer who has recently completed, or expects to complete, your degree soon? UKAEA works with many UK universities, which have fusion-related post-graduate opportunities in physics, materials science, technology, engineering, computing and robotics. Applications should be made to the universities, not UKAEA.

In December each year we hold a PhD and Masters Open Day at Culham, jointly organised with the Fusion Centre for Doctoral Training. This year’s fair is on 8 December 2021. The website with details including how to register is https://culhamphd.uk/.

PhD student


Several universities run Masters courses that have options for projects supervised by UKAEA staff, generally towards the end of the course, in particular:






At any one time, there are at least 100 students doing PhDs with us at around 20 different universities. Many are in Centres for Doctoral Training, in particular the following, which have PhDs at consortia of universities:

https://fusion-cdt.ac.uk/ – York, Durham, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford

https://www.nuclear-energy-cdt.manchester.ac.uk/ – Manchester, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/nuclear-cdt – Imperial College, Bangor, Bristol, Cambridge, Open

Fusion research fellowships (UKAEA)

Are you an outstanding scientist or engineer who has recently completed a doctorate or expects to complete a doctorate in the next few months? 

Do you want to be part of a vibrant research programme to develop fusion as an energy source for future generations?

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 UKAEA.

Candidates need to be highly motivated and show initiative. UKAEA’s Fusion Research Fellows have a high degree of autonomy and are expected to define their own research programme, which should be aligned with the interests of UKAEA. The quality of the research project proposal, together with the skills and experience of the candidate, are key factors in the selection process. Since academic excellence is one of the selection criteria, it is recommended candidates mention significant prizes or other recognition in their application.

Managed and/or self-directed personal training and career development in UKAEA 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. Successful candidates will be expected to take up their appointments by Summer 2022.


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.

Closing date: 17th December 2021

Applications for 2022 can be made here: https://smrtr.io/74xZH

As part of the application process, you must download the template: CFRF Submission Document

  • This single document (with the specified documentation incorporated) must then be uploaded to your submission at the point where you are asked to upload a CV. The document requires a short (1-2 page) personal statement of your research interests and a brief outline of your proposed 2-year research programme (no more than 2 pages).
  • You will also need to upload a full CV (including publications)

If you have any difficulties downloading the template, or attaching the required document, please contact recruitment@ukaea.uk.

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