Runaway Electron Physicist

  • Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK
  • Full-time
  • Department: Tokamak Science
  • Salary: £43,396 + £46,293 excellent benefits including outstanding pension
  • Confirmed Grade: Level 5
  • Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing and helping to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and Stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking an experienced physicist with excellent technical, communication and influencing skills. The ideal candidate will have a background in fusion experiments, especially runaway electron physics with a relevant degree or equivalent qualification. This is an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant team working on an ambitious national programme that is exploring the options, challenges and solutions for accelerating the delivery of power from nuclear fusion: the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP).

While this position will be primarily focussed on STEP plasma modelling, appointees will have opportunities to work on modelling of plasmas in other tokamak devices, including the MAST-U spherical tokamak at Culham.

Job Description

What will you be responsible for?

  • Leading aspects of modelling and experimental understanding of runaway electron physics, with particular reference to their occurrence in Spherical Tokamaks.
  • Planning and developing methods to avoid runway electrons during disruptions and mitigate their consequences, should they occur.
  • Writing refereed journal articles and attend international conferences on magnetic fusion as agreed with management.


Essential skills, experience and competence required

  • A PhD or equivalent experience in physics or similar subject
  • Post doctoral level experience in the field of tokamak runaway electron physics, with a strong record of publication in this area
  • Experience in developing models for disruption driven runway electrons
  • Knowledge of methods to avoid/mitigate runaway electrons
  • Proven ability to conduct independent physics research
  • Good oral and written communications skills
  • Excellent team-player with an outward facing work-ethos as he/she will work closely with scientists from around the world
  • Experience of considering safety as part of planning work

Desirable skills, experience and competence

  • Proven ability to carry out detailed analysis of experimental and modelled data, use of suitable tools, error analysis, etc.
  • Experience of supervising students or researchers
  • Experience of managing small to medium research projects

Additional Information

What we offer

  • A competitive salary  
  • A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors 
  • An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives 
  • Flexible working options including family friendly policies  
  • Emergency leave (paid) 
  • 30.5 days annual leave (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) increased with length of service 
  • Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme)  
  • Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme  
  • Annual corporate bonus scheme  
  • Relocation allowance (if eligible) 

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 dedicated Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Partner, with the support of our Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our organisation an employer of choice. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10 minute walk from Culham Railway Station.  

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

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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