Fusion research fellowships

Research fellowships currently available at CCFE and partner organisations:


Culham Junior Research Fellowship in Fusion Plasma Physics with Worcester College, University of Oxford

Salary £30,434 to £35,256

Closing date: 5th January 2015

Worcester College proposes to award a Junior Research Fellowship in Fusion Plasma Physics, tenable from 1 October 2015 for three years. The post is intended to be a career development position suitable for someone who is close to completing a doctorate, or is of post-doctoral standing in the early stages of their academic career. This post is part of the partnership between the University of Oxford and Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.

The Junior Research Fellow is expected to engage in high quality research with a substantial theoretical component in the field of Fusion Plasma Physics. The Junior Research Fellow will be required, in term time, to give 2 hours per week of tuition in Physics. The postholder will also be required to take part in the annual undergraduate admissions procedures. Candidates must have a minimum qualification of a Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject and evidence of a high standard of research ability or potential (commensurate with the candidate's career).

The Fellow will receive a stipend in the range of £30,434 - £35,256 per annum (revised annually), including a housing allowance of £4,000,and will have access to certain travel, research and publication funds. The Fellow is entitled to single live-in accommodation incorporating a study, if available, for which rent is charged at a reduced level, reflecting its use for work purposes. In the event that accommodation is not required or available, the housing allowance will be paid. When the kitchens are open, the Fellow is entitled to free meals in the College as a member of the Senior Common Room.

Applications must be received by noon on Monday 5th January 2015 and should include an official Application Form, a covering letter, a summary (maximum of two pages) of research interests and plans, including how these link to research at Culham, and a current curriculum vitae. Applicants must also arrange for two confidential letters of recommendation to be sent direct to the College by the same date.

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Culham Fusion Research Fellowship

Salary: £26,195 to £37,082 (depending on experience)

Closing date: 28 February each year

We intend to appoint an outstanding physicist or engineer who has 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.