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Careers at the UK Atomic Energy Authority

Our Mission: ‘To deliver sustainable fusion power and maximise scientific and economic benefits’.

Why work for us?

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) leads the world in fusion research, with a wide range of programmes working on the key challenges of putting fusion power on the grid.

We offer opportunities within a wide range of engineering, scientific, technical, construction and support disciplines across all of our facilities, departments and programmes.

In addition we have professionally accredited training schemes for graduate engineers and apprentices, and strong links with universities around the UK for PhD placements at UKAEA.

  • 30.5 days annual leave (plus bank holidays)
  • Flexible working
  • Career development opportunities (including support with professional registration)
  • An outstanding pension scheme
  • Annual bonus scheme
  • Occupational health service and Employee Assistance programme
  • Social Club and Events Community
  • Assistance towards relocation (if applicable)
  • Discounts scheme

UKAEA’s values and commitment to being inclusive

We have adopted three corporate values to describe the work that UKAEA does: Committed, Trusted and Innovative.  These are guiding principles that are really important to how we operate as an organisation.

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particular from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. Our Inclusion Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our organisation an employer of choice.

UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.

Scientific meeting at CCFE


UKAEA manages the UK’s national fusion programme at Culham near Oxford and is developing fusion as a major new source of safe, reliable low-carbon energy. Additionally, we have recently launched our site in Rotherham, Yorkshire which will house our fusion technology facilities. Our scientists and engineers are working with partners around the globe on the technology for fusion power stations, and we are a world leader in the race to bring it to the electricity grid.

CCFE scientists

A new £220M design project led by UKAEA could see the first fusion powerplant built in the UK by 2040. To enable this, we have created a set of research facilities tackling the big challenges on the path to commercial fusion energy:

We also host 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 reactor-scale fusion experiment – the $20B international ITER project, now being built in France.

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