Fusion research fellowships

Research fellowships currently available at CCFE and partner organisations:

Culham Fusion Research Fellowship (UKAEA)

Salary: ~ £34k - £37k depending on experience

Closing date: 13 December 2019

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 2020.


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 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 so we can attach it to your application.

Applicants should also arrange for at least two referees to write to 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 late January / early February 2020. 

If you have any questions please email them to

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.