Fusion research fellowships

Research fellowships currently available at CCFE and partner organisations:


Culham Fusion Research Fellowship

Please note: the deadline for applications for the latest Culham Fellowship has now passed.

Each year we aim to appoint one or two outstanding physicists or engineers who have recently completed a doctorate to a two-year research fellowship in any field of fusion research conducted at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.

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. Periods of overseas placements with our collaborators will be encouraged. The appointments will be two-year fixed term staff positions.


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 Fellowships

Please submit a completed application form (RTF format) and, in addition, a full CV (including publications) and short (1-2 page) personal statement of your research interests and objectives and a brief outline of a possible 2-year research programme (no more than 2 pages). Send the completed documents to:

Applicants should also arrange for at least two referees (Reference template – RTF format) to write to by the closing date. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that references arrive on time, and should give referees enough time to do so.

If you have any questions please email

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.