Culham Fusion Research Fellow

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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.

As part of the application process, you must download the attached template (titled CFRF Submission Document) and include a full CV (including publications) 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). 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

Applicants should also arrange for at least two referees to write to 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.

At UKAEA we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. 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.

The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UK`s MAST-U fusion energy experiment. UKAEA also works with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies currently in Remote Handling and Materials research. Following recent UK funding two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation are being built. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading-edge technological excellence, whilst investing in its people.

For further information on why UKAEA is a great place to work please review our recruitment video via the following link:

For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack.


Knowledge skills and experience


– A good degree in physics, engineering, mathematics or materials science
– A relevant PhD preferably in fusion research
– A record of peer-reviewed publication in high quality journals
– A high degree of motivation and initiative
– Good written and oral communication skills


– Involvement in scientific outreach activities
– Experience of working as part of a team


Special requirements:
Selection Methods and Notes:
– We are hoping to carry out interviews in late January/early February 2021. Exact dates will be communicated with you if you are shortlisted for interview.

– As part of the selection process you may be expected to complete work based simulation exercises and a personality profile either online or onsite.

– Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

– Please note UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews.

– We actively promote equality and value diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role, please discuss with the hiring manager or HR if you have any concerns.

– Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

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