Are you an outstanding scientist or engineer who has recently completed, or expects to complete, their degree in a few months? Do you want to join our mission and help to shape the future of fusion energy with a world leading company? If so, our postgraduate opportunities at UKAEA may be for you.
UKAEA works with many UK universities, which have fusion-related postgraduate opportunities in physics, materials science, technology, engineering, computing and robotics. Applications should be made to the universities directly, not UKAEA but if you have any general questions on UKAEA and its research priorities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year, we host exciting new PhD and MSc research opportunities with UK universities, addressing plasma physics, materials science and fusion engineering.
Our postgraduate programmes usually start each October and we run a broad range of opportunities with different university departments.
Develop your knowledge and skills by continuing your postgraduate studies with us and our professional scientists and engineers.
UKAEA and the Fusion Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) are running their annual PhD and MSc Open Day at Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire on Wednesday 7 December 2022, where you can :
- learn more about postgraduate opportunities in a wide range of fusion research and technology programmes
- network with academics and students from a range of universities and the Fusion CDT and staff from UKAEA.
- tour the fusion facilities at Culham
- attend talks about specific areas of fusion research
To find out more and register to attend – please see https://culhamphd.uk/
Applications are being sought for specific PhDs, fully funded by UKAEA and partner universities :
Fusion Research Fellowships at UKAEA
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 UKAEA.
Candidates need to be highly motivated and show initiative. UKAEA’s Fusion Research Fellows have a high degree of autonomy and are expected to define their own research programme, which should be aligned with the interests of UKAEA. The quality of the research project proposal, together with the skills and experience of the candidate, are key factors in the selection process. Since academic excellence is one of the selection criteria, it is recommended candidates mention significant prizes or other recognition in their application.
Managed and/or self-directed personal training and career development in UKAEA and elsewhere will be available. There will also 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 and are often recruited for towards November / December every year with successful candidates expected to take up their appointments by the Summer.
Applications for 2023 fellowships are now open – click here to apply through the vacancies page. As part of your application, you will need to fill out a UKAEA Fusion Research Fellowship submission, with a 1-2 page personal statement of your research interests, a brief outline of your proposed 2-year research programme (no more than 2 pages) and a full CV including publications and awards. Click here to download a template of this submission – which must be attached to the application as one document.
Closing date for applications is Friday 16 December 2022.
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