PhD and MSc opportunities

PhD studentDepending on resources, we aim every year to have new PhD and MSc projects with several UK universities addressing plasma physics, materials science and fusion engineering associated with tokamaks, providing a range of exciting research opportunities.

The projects range from the theoretical, through computational modelling, to experimental studies. Most students are based at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, while some are based at their university. All have both a Culham and a university supervisor.

Typically starting each October, we run a broad range of PhD and MSc projects with about eight different university departments. Please check this page for updates on opportunities.

ITER-CCFE-York Doctoral Research Position 2016

ITER (“The Way” in Latin) is one of the most ambitious energy projects in the world today – do you want to be part of the team?

In southern France, 35 nations are collaborating to build the world’s largest tokamak, a magnetic fusion device designed to prove the feasibility of fusion as a large-scale and carbon-free energy source, based upon the same principle that powers our Sun and the stars. For the first time, ITER, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and the University of York are offering an exciting opportunity to carry out a 4 year Ph.D. research position, focusing upon modelling the energetic tail of thermonuclear ITER plasmas.

We are seeking applications from candidates with a strong undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (physics/mathematics/computer science) and a keen interest in using high performance computing to solve complex physical problems. The successful candidate will work with domain experts around the world to develop cutting edge technology in order to deliver fusion within our lifetime. The candidate will work with staff at ITER, CCFE and York to create algorithms, software and analysis workflows to be deployed within the ITER integrated modelling platform (IMAS) and to help solve engineering challenges associated with the design of plasma facing components.

The post will involve period(s) of secondment to the ITER site in Cadarache/France together with opportunities to build international connections in both fusion science and High Performance Computing.

Interested applicants can find out more, including instructions on how to apply via the EPSRC Fusion CDT website:

University of Oxford: DPhil Projects in Plasma Physics

Application deadline: 22 January 2016

Oxford Plasma Theory Group welcomes applications for DPhil studies and research in plasma physics in the areas of magnetic confinement fusion and plasma astrophysics. Projects start in October 2016 and are offered jointly with researchers at CCFE and York Plasma Institute at the University of York.

More information

PhD and MSc Open Day at Culham, Wednesday 25 November

This event is organised by CCFE and the Fusion Centre for Doctoral Training led by the University of York. Several leading universities will attend to describe PhD and Masters opportunities in fusion and related research. For more details please go to: