By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today, and we are always on the look out for talented individuals who want to help make a difference to the world’s energy crisis, working in a range of disciplines contributing to the development of fusion.
If you are seeking to work in a collaborative, world leading and uniquely international organisation, we are keen to hear from you!
Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, low-carbon energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA is at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will bring fusion electricity to the grid.
Our mission is to lead the delivery of sustainable fusion energy and maximise scientific and economic impact, which we cannot do without people like you. As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.
Many of the skills and knowledge that our roles require, do not have to be specifically from the nuclear or fusion industry. As part of our Being Inclusive strategy, we recognise the value of bringing skills from multiple industries. You can view all of our current vacancies here, however if there aren’t any that quite match what you are looking for, feel free to join one of our communities to be kept in the loop with recruitment events, news and future opportunities:
We have a range of facilities and programmes that you could start or continue your career in, including:
STEP: A new £220M design project led by UKAEA which could see the first fusion powerplant built in the UK by the early 2040s.
MAST Upgrade: Our latest fusion research machine, which explores a promising concept for compact reactors and helps to answer key fusion science questions.
Materials Research Facility: A national facility for university and industry users who are developing materials for fusion and fission reactors.
RACE (Remote Applications in Challenging Environments): A centre for R&D and commercial activities in the field of Robotics and Autonomous Systems.
Fusion Technology: New facilities at Culham and at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, Rotherham, for testing engineering components for fusion power plants.
H3AT (Hydrogen-3 Advanced Technology): A first-of-a-kind research centre for studying tritium, one of the fuels needed for fusion power plants.
UKAEA also hosts the world’s largest fusion machine, JET (Joint European Torus), at Culham for scientists around Europe. This work is vital in preparing for the first ever industrial-scale fusion experiment – the $20B international ITER project, now being built in France.