Senior Plasma Diagnostician – Spectroscopy

Overview of Responsibilities

Who are we looking for

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated physicist to join our team, carrying out and interpreting spectroscopic measurements of tokamak plasmas to help us design the fusion power plants of the future. You will be responsible for operating, maintaining and developing spectroscopy-based plasma diagnostics – instruments which measure and assess the properties and behaviour of the plasma – as well as contributing to the broader scientific research programme by taking part in the analysis and interpretation of experimental data. You will have post-doctoral level research experience in spectroscopy, atomic physics and data analysis. Experience in a fusion research environment would be an advantage but is not essential.

What will you be responsible for

  • Operating, maintaining, and calibrating the diagnostics, ensuring the reliable delivery of high-quality raw data to the central data systems
  • Reviewing the technical status of diagnostics, proposing, and leading any identified refurbishments
  • Maintenance and enhancement of the associated analysis software (codes and tools) as required, including codes used for automatic inter-shot analysis
  • Performing validation of data quality and maintenance of calibration records. Ensuring the routine availability of high-quality analysed and validated data from the diagnostics
  • Creating and maintaining appropriate documentation for all hardware and software, including safety-related material
  • Being alert to opportunities and scope for major upgrades to the hardware and software of the diagnostics. Making proposals for such upgrades and being prepared to lead the development and implementation of approved proposals
  • Occasional shift work may be required in support of tokamak operations
£49,396 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Tokamak Science
Type of Employment

Additional Information

What we offer

Our comprehensive benefits package includes a vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive, an Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, Flexible working options including family friendly policies, Emergency paid leave, Generous annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service, wide range of career development opportunities, outstanding defined benefit pension scheme; Corporate bonus scheme and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities and women. The Executive team with support from our ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 3/3/2023. We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

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What can I expect from the application process at UKAEA?

Once you have submitted a formal application via our website, all CVs will be reviewed shortly after the closing date of the advert.

  • Submit online application

  • Phone interview

  • Face-to-face or virtual interview

  • Other assessments

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the sun and stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

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