Plasma Control Engineer/Physicist

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We are currently seeking a plasma control engineer/physicist to join our plasma operations team, to contribute to the development of our plasma control system (PCS), and to help us push the limits of plasma performance in ST40 and future high-field STs.

This role will include:

  • Developing advanced plasma control solutions for ST-F1 and future fusion reactors
  • Carrying out modelling related to plasma control of both ST40 and future devices
  • Developing, testing, maintaining, and operating ST40 Pulse Scheduling System (PSS) and Plasma Control System (PCS)
  • Participating in the planning, running, and analysis of experiments
  • Working closely with internal and external collaborators

Essential selection criteria

  • PhD in plasma control, control engineering, or closely related equivalent experience
  • Familiarity with fusion plasma physics and/or tokamak experiments
  • Experience applying control theory in practice
  • Fluency in MATLAB/Simulink
  • Experience working in a Linux environment
  • Highly motivated to deliver against challenging objectives in a compressed timescale
  • Ability to contribute effectively in a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers and technicians
  • Outstanding problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work efficiently on one’s own initiative
  • Willingness to learn and adopt new techniques and technologies

Desirable selection criteria

  • Experience working in a research environment
  • Familiarity with software development best practices
  • Experimental data analysis experience
  • Experience in programming languages such as Python/C/C++/Bash
  • Willingness to develop existing and new collaborations
  • Track record of scientific publications


  • 25 days holiday, pro rata (plus bank holidays)
  • Company pension scheme
  • Eligible for company share option scheme after 1 year of service
  • Company bonus scheme, discretionary, dependent on performance
  • Private medical insurance after 3 months of service
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