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Physicist opportunities on the STEP programme

If you are a plasma physicist and want to be part of an exciting programme that aims to deliver fusion as a net-zero carbon energy source, we need you!

The UK Atomic Energy Authority’s mission is to lead the delivery of sustainable fusion energy and maximise scientific and economic impact.

Do you want to work at the forefront of fusion research and technology, which could solve the world’s energy problems by providing a clean and virtually limitless energy source?

Do you want to be part of a unique international environment?

Come and join us on the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) programme, an exciting and ambitious national endeavour.

You will work with a vibrant team in conjunction with industry to deliver a multi-billion project aiming for completion by the early 2040s. Successful delivery of the STEP fusion prototype power plant will pave the way for a fleet of commercial fusion plants.

Physics meeting at CCFE

What we’re looking for:

To help us achieve this aim, we are now seeking to recruit physicists to work in the following areas of tokamak plasma modelling:

  1. Gyrokinetic simulations of core plasma turbulence
  2. Fast particle physics
  3. Plasma disruptions
  4. Runaway electron physics
  5. Radiofrequency physics

In all cases applicants should hold, or be about to hold, a PhD in plasma physics or possess equivalent experience.

While each of these positions will be primarily focused on plasma modelling in the high beta burning plasma domain of STEP, successful candidates will also work on plasma modelling and experiments on other fusion devices at Culham and internationally.

UKAEA operates the new Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak (“MAST”) Upgrade machine, which is the forerunner of STEP.

UKAEA also hosts the Joint European Torus (“JET”), the only machine in the world owned by EU nations that can use both tritium and deuterium.

UKAEA is strongly involved with ITER – the world’s largest fusion experiment, and the EUROfusion programme.

Find out more:

Please go to our job vacancies page to see the roles we’re offering and to apply.

Further details of the STEP programme can be found at www.step.ukaea.uk and more information about UKAEA’s wider work is available at www.gov.uk/ukaea.

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