UK Atomic Energy Authority

Pedestal Theorist

Culham | £51,565 to £55,446

Job Function: Scientific
Industry Sector: Public Sector / Government

Pedestal Theorist

Job Ref: 4650
Job Title: Pedestal Theorist
Job type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Culham, Oxfordshire
Salary: £51,565 to £55,446 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
Closing date: 20th July 2020

Are you an experienced physicist with a PHD or equivalent in physics or engineering?

Do you have a background in fusion theory and modelling with extensive internationally recognised experience?

The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) is part of the UK Atomic Energy Authority and is one of the world`s leading fusion research laboratories. Our scientists and engineers are working with partners around the globe to develop fusion as a new source of clean energy for tomorrow`s power stations. We have excellent opportunities to join our team within the Tokamak Science department.

This role will focus on understanding and modelling the theoretical basis for the physics of the pedestal on MAST-U and other tokamaks supported by EUROfusion, including JET and MST1 devices. You will be responsible for running and developing pedestal physics codes and comparing the output with experimental observations.

Further responsibilities will include:

- Extrapolating results to future devices such as STEP, ITER and DEMO
- Playing a leading role in pedestal physics on MAST-U and contributing to the program at a strategic level
- Helping lead pedestal physics research at UKAEA and making high level strategic contributions to the overall science programme
- Performing pedestal stability analysis and running codes to gain better understanding of the pedestal region on STEP, MAST-U, JET and other tokamaks supported by EUROfusion
- Developing new codes and modifying existing codes to incorporate hitherto-neglected physical processes that may be important for pedestal physics
- Developing the pedestal physics basis for future machines, in particular STEP, ITER and DEMO

At UKAEA we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. Our 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 full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits, please download the application pack.

Knowledge, skills and experience


- PhD or equivalent degree in physics or engineering
- Extensive experience in the field which is internationally recognised, such as via participation in ITPA groups and/or other international committees
- Proven ability to lead PhD students and scientists conducting independent research (staff up to level 5), as well as proposing experiments and acting as scientific co-ordinator for high profile experiments
- Strong record of publications (>10 first author journal publications) ideally including PRLs
- Proven experience in the delivery of talks at international conferences as well as the ability to produce report results and publish in peer-reviewed journals
- A good team-player with an outward facing work-ethos as he/she will work closely with scientists around the world


- Experience with RMP physics or impact of neutrals on the pedestal
- Record of obtaining external funding through successful grant applications
- Experience initiating and developing codes for Tokamak plasmas

Special requirements:

Selection Methods and Notes:

- Initial interviews will be held in July. You may be required to attend a final interview thereafter

- 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

- The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values 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 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