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Fusion research fellowships

Research fellowships currently available at CCFE and partner organisations:

 


UK-PPPL Fellowship Scheme

Salary: £35k
Closing date: 16 September 2018

The UK Atomic Energy Authority's (UKAEA's) Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) are two of the leading centres researching nuclear fusion worldwide. Both run national facilities with international impact, and operate the two most advanced spherical tokamaks in the world. The spherical tokamak provides a potential pathway to a magnetically-confined fusion reactor design which is much smaller than conventional tokamak machines like ITER. Whilst this technology is earlier in the development cycle, it could lead to cheaper construction costs of reactors in the longer term. The US and the UK are the main international players in this field.

The spherical tokamak was invented through a US-UK collaboration stretching back to the 1980s, with the first small experiment, called START, being built in the UK. Following its success, two larger facilities, MAST and NSTX were built in parallel in the US and UK in late 1990s. In the last few years both machines have each undergone substantial (~£ 50-80M) upgrade programmes. These facilities have been designed with complementarity in mind, focussing on different aspects of the fusion energy grand challenge.

UKAEA and PPPL are beginning a joint-fellowship scheme in which a cohort of three-year post-doctoral researchers will be based at one of the laboratories, expected to spend significant periods of time working at the other as part of a joint US-UK team.

To initiate the UKAEA-PPPL fellowship scheme, UKAEA is seeking to recruit up to six post-doctoral researchers in 2018 into three-year positions. These post-docs will be employed by UKAEA and based at the Culham Science Centre, but with the opportunity for extended visits to Princeton during their three year position. For a description of the roles, please find the posts below on our job vacancies page.

  • MHD Analyst (Post 3052)
  • RF Modeller for STs (Post 3032)
  • Scenario Developer for STs (Post 3076)
  • Development of Spherical Tokamak Models for Systems Codes (Post 3050)
  • Exploitation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) on Spherical Tokamaks (STs) (Post 3068)
  • Understanding Irradiation in High Temperature Superconductors (Post 3090)
Career development

Individuals will be assigned a mentor and over the three-year period undertake a set of training and development that will cover the competencies to align with the expectations to become Chartered.

UKAEA prides itself on being a great place to work and are committed to the continual development of our people. The applicant does not need a background in fusion science or engineering but will need to demonstrate outstanding research ability with strong communication skills, and the potential to develop into a leader in the field. Although this post is a three-year fixed term appointment, there is the potential for permanent opportunities to follow.

Requirements

The applicant will need to have the right to work in the UK as well as be eligible for a visa to visit the USA. The applicant will need to have recently completed a relevant PhD, having a degree in physics, mathematics, materials or engineering science. The applicant should have behaviours that align to the UKAEA core values – Passion, Innovation, Accountability, Leadership and Business-Minded.

Application procedure for UK-PPPL Fellowships

Please identify the position you are interested to apply for on the Job vacancies page and complete the online application form. You will be required to upload a full CV (including publications) and a short (1-2 page) personal statement of your research interests. If you have any difficulty attaching the required support information for your application please email it to recruitment@ukaea.uk so we can attach it to your application.

Applicants should also arrange for at least two referees to write to recruitment@ukaea.uk by the closing date (in the subject line referees should enter “UK-PPPL fellowship candidate reference – candidate surname”). Candidates are responsible for ensuring that references arrive on time, and should give referees enough time to respond.

Interviews will take place in October 2018.

If you have any questions please email them to recruitment@ukaea.uk

Work Permit requirement

Candidates from outside the European Economic Area are reminded that they will need to produce clear documentation to show that they have formal permission to work in the UK. The UK Atomic Energy Authority is unable to employ anyone who does not have formal consent to work in the UK. Current limits on immigration to the UK mean that the Authority's ability to sponsor employees under Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system is very limited. Candidates are advised to explore possible alternative legitimate procedures which do not require sponsorship by the UK Atomic Energy Authority.


Culham Fusion Research Fellowship (UKAEA)

Salary: ~ £32k - £36k depending on experience

Closing date: 7 December 2018

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. 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 2019.

Requirements

In general, successful candidates will have completed their doctorates in the previous five years. Candidates need a good degree in physics, mathematics, materials or engineering science and a relevant PhD, preferably in fusion research. Since academic excellence is one of the selection criteria, it is recommended candidates mention significant prizes or other recognition.

Application procedure for Culham Fusion Research Fellowships

Applicants should follow the online application process (click on the Culham Fusion Research Fellow link at https://www.ccfe.ac.uk/jobs.aspx). When completing the online application form you will be required to upload 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). If you have any difficulty attaching the required support information for your application please email it to recruitment@ukaea.uk so we can attach it to your application.

Applicants should also arrange for at least two referees to write to recruitment@ukaea.uk 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.

Interviews are likely to take place in January 2019.

If you have any questions please email to recruitment@ukaea.uk

Work Permit requirement

Candidates from outside the European Economic Area are reminded that they will need to produce clear documentation to show that they have formal permission to work in the UK. The UK Atomic Energy Authority is unable to employ anyone who does not have formal consent to work in the UK. Current limits on immigration to the UK mean that the Authority's ability to sponsor employees under Tier 2 (General) of the points based system is very limited. Candidates are advised to explore possible alternative legitimate procedures which do not require sponsorship by the UK Atomic Energy Authority.