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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)

Applications for 2021 are invited.

Salary: ~ £34,000 – £37,000 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme

Closing date: 18th December 2020

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 nuclear 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 the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE).

Candidates need to be highly motivated and show initiative. Culham 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 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. Successful candidates will be expected to take up their appointments by Summer 2021.


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.

Application procedure for Culham Fusion Research Fellowships

Applicants should follow the online application process.

As part of the application process, you must upload the template which can be found by following the link above and include a full CV (including publications) a short (1-2 pages) personal statement of your research interests and a brief outline of your proposed 2-year research programme (no more than 2 pages). 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. Any difficulties with downloading the template, or attaching the required document, please contact recruitment@ukaea.uk.

Applicants should also arrange for at least two referees to write to recruitment@ukaea.uk by the closing date (in the subject line referees should enter “CFRF candidate reference – candidate surname”). Candidates are responsible for ensuring that references arrive on time and should give referees enough time to respond.

Interviews are likely to take place in late January or early February 2021.

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