Below you will find a list of the benefits of working for CCFE and its parent body, the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA).
There is a friendly and collaborative atmosphere at Culham. Ideas and results are openly shared at weekly MAST and JET physics meetings and Culham colloquia give staff an opportunity to hear from external scientific speakers – both from the international fusion community and the wider scientific world.
The annual leave entitlement for employees is 25 days (pro rata for part-time employees) rising to 28 days after five years of service and then to 30 days after ten years of service. In addition employees are entitled to 10.5 holidays (including bank holidays and privilege days). Employees work a revised working week to cover the days that fall between Christmas and New Year when the site is closed. This means that no annual leave needs to be saved to cover these days. Employees are able to carry over up to ten days annual leave to the next leave year, if they wish. There is also the opportunity to accrue time off in lieu of extra work carried out as overtime, instead of receiving a payment, subject to line manager's discretion.
The final salary Combined Pension Scheme is available to employees who choose to join. Employees who choose to join the scheme will be required to contribute a percentage of their salary each month. The final salary scheme is due to close following the passing of legislation. However, the date of closure is yet to be determined. After the closure of the CPS, the Civil Service Pension career average scheme, called alpha, will be available. If you would like further information regarding pensions, please contact the HR Department.
Employees are normally entitled to bonus payments depending on UKAEA performance in any given financial year. Milestones are set up in a way so that employees' performance has influence on UKAEA performance in a given area. Bonus payments are paid on an annual basis as a percentage of salary (maximum 7%).
UKAEA Discounts is a free to use benefit, paid for by UKAEA, and offers numerous opportunities to regularly save money on normal everyday shopping. It has the potential to save you many £10s or even £100s per year. Click here for more information.
New entrants who are required to move their home to take up a permanent appointment may qualify to be given some assistance towards their removal expenses. This is subject to an HMRC ceiling of £8,000.
All roles at UKAEA are open to job sharing unless otherwise stated.
UKAEA is proud to promote working part-time to enable employees to maintain a healthy life-work balance. Depending on the business needs, this can range from shortened days to allow for ‘the school run' to shortened weeks to fit with life style choices and most ports in between.
Emergency family leave (time off for dependants)
At discretion a member of staff can request time off work to deal with an emergency involving a dependant. This leave is to allow employees to deal with unexpected or sudden problems and to make longer term arrangements as necessary. There is no qualifying period necessary for this leave and depending on circumstances some of the time off may qualify to be paid.
Where an employee qualifies for contractual maternity pay (at least one year's effective service), she will receive her normal rate of pay during the 26 week ordinary maternity leave period.
Following this the first 13 weeks of additional maternity leave will be paid at the appropriate statutory rate of SMP. The remaining 13 weeks of additional maternity leave will be unpaid.
Adoption leave and paternity leave schemes are also offered.
Employees can elect to purchase childcare vouchers through a salary sacrifice scheme. The vouchers can be used to pay for most types of childcare, including nurseries, childminders, before and after school clubs and holiday schemes. Culham hosts one of the popular Toddlercare nurseries (within 50 metres of the main entrance). Toddlercare recently achieved an excellent rating from Ofsted.
Learning and development
UKAEA is committed to developing all members of staff by offering a wide range of programmes and support to suit their individual career aspiration. In engineering these range from an advanced apprenticeship scheme certified by IMechE and IET, a graduate scheme also certified by IMechE and IET with IOP pending, we are similarly accredited for our Continuous Professional Development Schemes and are members of the IET Power Academy. In the physics field we offer PhD and MSc opportunities and Culham Research Fellowships. In addition to the structured development schemes we also provide individual development as needed by the business and career trajectories.
To help support its staff through their careers and professional development UKAEA has introduced a mentoring programme. Mentoring is a relationship in which one person, the mentor, helps another, the mentee, to discover more about themselves, their potential and capability. It can assist an individual by enabling them to seek guidance, support, help and feedback. The mentoring programme is a formal process which will be regularly reviewed and monitored. It recognises that individuals have different goals and aspirations and it endeavours to meet the individual's requirements and needs as well as those of UKAEA.
UKAEA has a strategy which concerns nurturing a culture that promotes research, innovation and leading edge technological excellence. UKAEA wants its staff to seek out and respond flexibly to new opportunities and problems with a ‘can do ’attitude and a commercial / pragmatic mind-set.
To promote this culture, UKAEA is committed to investing in its people. We strive to create a working environment where people are given challenging and interesting work, frequently required to think innovatively about new problems. We seek to create an environment where people receive regular constructive feedback and have many opportunities to learn and develop including working with international, multidisciplinary teams. The organisation is growing, which provides us with the opportunity to recruit employees with the attributes that we need to take us forward and ensure a successful future for the organisation.
There are six enabling themes on which the organisation has based its culture: Passion, Innovation, Accountability, Business-Minded, Leadership and Delivery. Each of these is built into the organisation’s internal behavioural and management competencies, and assists the organisation in moving its people to be more agile and better prepared to take full advantage of future opportunities.
Cycle to Work scheme
The scheme provides employees with the opportunity to purchase a new bike through a salary sacrifice scheme. Employees are entitled to borrow up to £1,000 for a bike and accessories.
Excellent parking facilities are available across the site. Parking spaces are located close to offices and are free of charge. The site is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Health and wellbeing
Research has shown that healthy and happy staff contribute more to their employer as well as the nation as a whole. As part of our health and wellbeing programme UKAEA provides a range of free benefits helping to further improve your health and wellbeing. There is an on-site Occupational Health service. There is also an Employee Assistance Programme which is a welfare initiative, available to all staff, by telephone, giving support and counselling, covering a wide variety of subject areas, such as financial, personal, work-related and legal.
Eating and drinking
At Culham, catering outlets such as shops, a sandwich bar and a restaurant have a great range of food and drinks for staff to choose from throughout the day. The majority of the food is made in-house.
There is also a Costa Coffee outlet offering fresh coffee and cakes.
Social clubs and events
There is a social club (CSSA) which organises discounted theatre trips to various London shows for its members, as well as supporting a wide range of clubs and societies. In addition CSSA organises a range of events on site such as Christmas parties for kids, bonfire nights and other events. This winter, colleagues have been challenged to a 'Winter Triathlon' which includes a pub-style quiz, a skittles tournament and traditional Aunt Sally game. In the summer, teams from around the site take part in a softball tournament.
UKAEA is delighted to have been awarded the Athena SWAN bronze award which recognises the commitment of advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research.
- Careers at CCFE
- Electricians - Contract and Permanent
- Job vacancies
- Speculative enquiries / UKAEA talent pool
- PhD and MSc opportunities
- Fusion research fellowships
- Graduate recruitment
- IET Power Academy
- Work experience
- Student short-term placements
- Partner vacancies
- Career profiles