Careers at Culham

Do you want to help shape the future of the world's energy? If so, Culham is the place to be. Find out about career opportunities with Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and its operator the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA).

Why join us?

UKAEA operates the world's largest fusion experiment, JET, on behalf of EU partners. This project is playing a key role in advancing fusion power and in preparing for the crucial international device ITER. In spite of Brexit, future funding prospects for JET look very positive; a contract for operation in 2019/20 has been agreed, and negotiations between the UK and EU for funding well into the mid 2020s are ready to proceed once a withdrawal agreement has been agreed.

In addition, our research and technology activities are growing very rapidly with exciting new experiments and facilities operating or under construction. These include the UK's own £50M fusion experiment MAST Upgrade, due to start operations in 2019; ground-breaking work in our RACE robotics test facility for fusion, fission and other industries; a thriving materials science programme centred on the new Materials Research Facility at Culham; a new apprentice training centre, Oxfordshire Advanced Skills, due to open in September 2019; and £86M of funding secured for new tritium and components testing facilities, to be constructed by 2021. All in all, a very exciting time to be joining UKAEA.

What can we offer?

We can offer a range of career opportunities – click here to see our current job vacancies. These include scientific and engineering roles, as well as technical and administrative positions supporting our research programme.

We have professionally accredited training schemes for graduate engineers and apprentices, and strong links with universities around the UK for PhD placements, as well as job vacancies for various positions when they occur, working in a friendly international environment. Click here for a full list of the benefits of working at CCFE and its operator the UK Atomic Energy Authority.

Why work at Culham? Hear from our employees in their words – watch the video below on careers at the UK Atomic Energy Authority, which runs CCFE.

LogoUKAEA promotes flexible working to enable employees to maintain a healthy work-life balance. We are an equal opportunities employer which values diversity in the workplace. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and actively promote equality amongst our staff. UKAEA offers reasonable adjustments in selection procedures to create a disability-confident workplace; practical or emotional support are at the heart of our ethos and we aim at promoting a fair outcome. Please contact the recruitment team regarding your interview requirements and we will enable you to perform to your best ability. We are members of the Athena SWAN gender equality charter and were awarded Bronze status in 2015 and 2019. Watch BBC South Today's report on the measures Culham is taking to recruit and retain more women in science and engineering roles. 

Our apprenticeship scheme has been ranked in the UK's Top 100 employers list by the National Apprenticeship Service.

Read more about our objectives and future plans in the UKAEA Mission and Goals brochure.

Current opportunities

We are recruiting to a wide range of scientific, engineering and technical posts to enable us to meet the growing demands of our challenging European and UK fusion energy programmes. We are also seeking new talent to help us diversify our activities to support future fusion reactors and the UK's science and technology plans.

We therefore welcome applications for these positions and, if we don't have a vacancy immediately, we will keep your CV on file and contact you when we do. We are an equal opportunity employer and actively encourage applications from women to enable them to pursue rewarding careers in the science and technology field. Enthusiasm, an open mind and ability to learn are the most important assets. We will train suitable applicants who have transferable skills but who have not had experience in the nuclear industry.

We have requirements for graduate and post-doctoral engineers, scientists and technologists in the following fields:

  • Project and project engineering management;
  • Systems integration;
  • Mechanical including remote operations, fabrication technology development and building services;
  • Electrical including power conversion, automation, control and instrumentation and computing systems (more information);
  • Nuclear;
  • Materials and metallurgy;
  • Analysts including function and performance evaluations using advanced and coupled techniques;
  • Process and chemical;
  • CAD including management, technical configuration and designers.

(Chartered status would be an advantage.)

We have requirements for technicians in the following areas:

Design Office / Drawing Office staff
, preferably with Catia and / or Autocad skills. (EngTech registered time served and/or with Apprenticeship / NVQ, C&G, ONC, HNC qualifications would be an advantage.)

We also require IT professionals and software engineers.

If you have an enquiry about recruitment and careers at Culham, please contact Alternatively click here for current vacancies.

Contract engineering opportunities at Culham

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