UKAEA Year in Industry 2023- Central Engineering

Overview of Responsibilities

Who are we looking for? 

We have an excellent opportunity for motivated and enthusiastic university students to join our 2023 Year in Industry Programme. We offer excellent opportunities for motivated and enthusiastic undergraduate students to join our 2023 Year in Industry scheme. Our scheme gives you a unique opportunity to contribute to the development of one of the most advanced sources of sustainable and clean energy. During your year long placement with us, you will experience a  broad range of diverse tasks, work on real projects, and gain invaluable experience within the fusion energy sector. 

Central Engineering

  • Project Title: Mechanical Design Analysis and Project Engineering
  • Start Date: 28th August 2023
  • Duration: 12 Months

Working within our Central Engineering Department (CED) you could be involved in one of up to 4 placements, in a  wide range of projects, including: 

  • Developing design solutions.
  • Application of computational design tools.
  • Calculations and analysis.
  • Design substantiation.
  • Liaising with key stakeholders.
  • Producing technical documentation.

The Central Engineering Department (CED) has an extensive portfolio and track record leading projects for the organisation. These activities include the enhancement and maintenance of the two world-class fusion devices and supporting facilities on site as well as providing wider direct support to external clients realising successive devices proving fusion as a viable energy source for future generations.


Our mechanical engineering team supports projects across site performing a variety of tasks including requirements capture, design and analysis, design substantiation, project engineering and engineering management. We provide specialist solutions relating to nuclear fusion.

    £9.86+ per hour
    Central Engineering
    Type of Employment

    Additional Information

    What is the recruitment process? 

    All applications will be initially reviewed by our hiring teams and then passed on to Project leads. If shortlisted, you will be contacted by a member of the recruiting team to arrange a short telephone interview. 

    What we offer  

    • A competitive salary   

    • A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors  

    • Dedicated Early Careers events and group networking opportunities   

    • Being part of the Early Careers community at UKAEA  

    • Support with homeworking resources as required 


    We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. The Executive team with support from our EDI ‘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. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.

    Our 2023 Year in Industry opportunities will be open until Friday 28th April 2023, however, please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received, so please apply early to avoid disappointment. 

    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 (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) 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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