UKAEA placements and work experience

We are passionate about inspiring young people and students to pursue a career in fusion energy. We offer summer placements, year 10+ work experience and a summer school!

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Undergraduate and masters placements

Every year, we at UKAEA have many projects for students, both undergraduate and masters. These placements range from a few months to a year in industry projects, and provides the opportunity to join the Graduate Scheme post-degree.

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When do the placements open?

If you’re interested in a short-term summer placement with us, our applications usually run annually. 

Year in industry placements and masters placements are generally set up in collaboration with university courses with which we have special partner arrangements.

If you haven’t found what you are looking for please contact

Typical opportunities

South East Physics Network

South East Physics Network (SEPN) offers placements to those working in a physics discipline. The recruitment process is driven via the collaborating universities and will be advertised locally.


EUROfusion offers placements that are generally arranged directly with universities.

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Occasionally,  there are opportunities funded through collaborations between UKAEA and external organisations and institutions, who will directly advertise them.

Work experience

Do you or someone you know want to get experience of working in science or engineering before you make any decisions regarding further education? If so, our UKAEA summer work experience scheme may be perfect for you!

It enables students in Years 10 or 11 to come and work with us for one or two weeks during the summer holidays. 

The application process for a work experience placement this year has closed. Please check back in the Autumn for details on how to apply to our 2023 programme.

Take a look at the apprenticeships we have on offer at UKAEA.

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Faiz Rahman, UKAEA Graduate Mechatronics Engineer

Case study

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.

current opportunities

Browse some of our current job vacancies below.

Head of Research Programme

UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire

H3AT Technical Coordinator

UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire

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