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Advanced Computing vacancies

Career opportunities in High Performance Computing, Data Science and Data Driven Engineering

Are you a talented, motivated individual with a keen interest and experience in data science, High Performance Computing or advanced “in-silico” engineering and design? Does the idea of driving disruption in the way we power the planet excite you? If so, we want to hear from you.

The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is a pioneer in the quest to deliver commercial fusion energy (the process that powers the Sun and the stars). Based at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) in Oxfordshire UK, we host the world's largest operating fusion experiment (JET) together with a host of other new world class facilities. These include a robotics centre, RACE, focusing on robotic and autonomous systems in challenging environments, a Materials Research Facility, new technology facilities funded via the UK Industrial Strategy (H3AT and Fusion Technology Facilities) and a state-of-the-art spherical tokamak: MAST Upgrade (funded by the EPSRC and Euratom) due to commence operation in 2019. We are also a key player in arguably the world's most exciting yet challenging engineering project: ITER, a €16B experiment designed to demonstrate the efficacy of the tokamak for confining and controlling a “burning” thermonuclear plasma.

UKAEA's Advanced Computing Programme supports all of these facilities. As a result, we are expanding rapidly as ITER and the Exascale draw near. Our mission is to “accelerate the delivery of commercial fusion energy by exploiting advances in data science and extreme scale computing”. We are seeking talented, driven individuals who are keen to push the boundaries of “the possible” – to drive disruption in plant operations, our science, in engineering design and in modelling and simulation. These individuals will work with our national and international partners – at the Science & Technology Facilities Council, with the Alan Turing Institute, with our academic partners across the many Centres of Doctoral Training here in the UK, with national laboratories across the globe, with HPC hardware specialists and vendors and with our many industrial partners, both large and small.

Do you believe that you have the ambition, creativity and work ethic to be a thought leader in the ITER, AI and Exascale era? If so, we look forward to reading your application!

We are currently planning to hire six new researchers into full time posts. For a description of the roles, please see the posts below on our job vacancies page.

  • Data Centric Computing Specialist – Post 3020
  • Mathematical Modeller / High Performance Computing Specialist – Post 3022
  • Senior Supercomputing Specialist – Post 3028
  • Technology Systems Software Engineer – Digital Twinning – Post 3024
  • Senior Data Scientist: AI/ML specialist – Post 3026

UKAEA prides itself on being a great place to work and is 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, combined with the potential to develop into a leader in the field.


The applicant will need to have the right to work in the UK. The applicant will also need to have recently completed a relevant degree in physics, mathematics, materials modelling, engineering, computer science, High Performance Computing or Data Science. The applicant should have behaviours that align with the UKAEA core values: Passion, Innovation, Accountability, Leadership and Business-Minded.

Application procedure

Applicants should identify the position they are interested in applying for either from our job vacancies page or from the direct links above where they will find an online application form. As one might expect, there is significant overlap between the roles we intend to fill, and as such, there may be room to tailor posts to the individual. Candidates should indicate in their application if they are interested in more than one of the advertised vacancies and need only apply against one. The roles themselves span a range of experience, from post-graduate level through to established data scientist, HPC expert or advanced engineering specialist.

Applicants are required to upload a full CV (including publications where applicable) and a short (1-2 page) personal statement of their research and development interests. Any applicant experiencing difficulty attaching the required supporting information can email documents to so that we can attach it to their application.

Applicants should also arrange for at least two referees to write to by the closing date (in the subject line referees should enter “Advanced Computing Programme 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 September 2018.

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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.