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 email@example.com
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/
Several universities run masters courses that have options for projects supervised by UKAEA staff, generally towards the end of the course, in particular:
At any one time, there are at least 100 students doing PhDs with us at around 20 different universities. Many are in Centres for Doctoral Training, in particular the following, which have PhDs at consortia of universities including:
Applications are being sought for specific PhDs, fully funded by UKAEA and partner universities :
- MHD affected forced convection liquid flows in fusion-relevant blanket heat exchangers at Bangor University
- Physics-based and data driven approach to understanding and predicting thermomechanical properties of ceramic matrix composites at the University of Bath
- Molecular Modelling of Sorption in Materials with Different Isotopes of Hydrogen at the University of Bath
- Tritium permeation into materials and anti-permeation coatings at the University of Rochester, NY, USA
- Atomistic modelling retention and transport of tritium in lithium for fusion breeder applications at the University of Manchester
- Surface modification of alloys to reduce hydrogen permeability in fusion alloys at the University of Liverpool
- High precision motion control for automated robotic maintenance systems in fusion power plants at the University of Nottingham
- Understanding the influence of oxide dispersion strengthening on the ductile-brittle transition temperature of EUROFER97 at the University of Birmingham
- GREENCDT Structural damage assessment using infrared detectors in fusion environments at the University of Liverpool
- Quantifying variability in the mechanical response of CuCrZr alloys using crystal plasticity modelling
- Modelling of Adsorption in Tritium Separations for Materials Selection and Inventory Minimisation at the University of Sheffield
- Fully Funded International PhD Studentship in Motion Planning and Control of a Walking Manipulator for Remote Decommissioning and Maintenance of Fusion Plants at the University of Lincoln
- Graphene-based end-effector sensors for teleoperated robotics in extreme nuclear environments at the University of Manchester
- Fully-funded PhD by Research Studentship in : Predictive modelling of radiation damage in REBCO superconductor magnets in fusion environments at Lancaster University
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 closed. Applications for 2024 Fellowships will be open in October 2023.
Faiz Rahman joins UKAEA’s graduate scheme after completing his student placement
Graduate Mechatronics Engineer
Before Faiz was a graduate, he took part in a student placement with us at UKAEA in the very department that he works in now. After graduating he chose to return to our team, already safe in the knowledge that UKAEA was where he wanted to be.
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