Why join UKAEA?

At the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), we value you as an individual. There are many benefits to joining our company as we offer opportunities to further your professional and personal development, as well as having an exciting and rewarding career.

If you’re passionate about sustainable energy and finding solutions to climate change, become a part of our team developing fusion today.

UKAEA engineers working on the MAST Upgrade fusion machine

Why work for UKAEA?

A supportive culture

We are proud of the many learning and development opportunities available to our staff members. These range from professional development schemes and mentoring programmes to training courses and funding for educational qualifications. 

We also ensure that our diversity and inclusion policies come through in everything that we do. The motivation to ensure we are a supportive and inclusive environment is promoted by our CEO, Professor Ian Chapman, who believes:

Only through nurturing diversity of background, skills and thought in a culture where everyone is included can we enable brilliant people to achieve brilliant things.

Two UKAEA staff walking along a corridor
Apprentice being trained by a supervisor at the Oxfordshire Advanced Skills centre

We are actively taking steps to ensure that the next generation of graduates and apprentices, in addition to our more experienced employees, have every opportunity available to them to gain an exciting and rewarding career.

We have a number of internal networks and employee groups, which offer an opportunity to meet with other people from similar backgrounds. These include LGBTQ+, a women’s network, and ENACT (ethnicity, nationality and culture).

Read more about our dedication to equality, diversity and inclusion.

A host of employee benefits

We offer many benefits to our employees when they join our company. We aim to go above and beyond the standard benefits package that you may expect. We support a work/life balance and this is reflected in the benefits that we offer.

These include:

Hybrid working

Emergency family leave

Maternity, paternity and adoption leave

A wide range of programmes for learning and development

Health and wellbeing initiatives, including a gym membership and an on-site Occupational Health Service

Outstanding defined benefits pension scheme

Social clubs and events

Generous Annual Leave entitlements

Annual bonus schemes

Leading the world in sustainable energy

You’ll join an organisation that’s carrying out cutting-edge research for the future of the world’s energy.

We are pioneering fusion energy from our sites at Culham Campus, Oxfordshire and Rotherham Fusion Technology Facility, South Yorkshire.

Our research spans a wide range of disciplines and facilities. 

  • We operate the Joint European Torus (JET), which is the focal point of the European fusion research programme, and the UK’s national fusion experiment, MAST Upgrade.
  • We have leading facilities in robotics, materials research, fusion technology and fuel research.
  • UKAEA manages the STEP research programme, the UK’s plan to build a prototype fusion power plant.

Take a look at our facilities.

Engineers in the JET remote handling control room

Exciting projects with renowned organisations

Come to work to change the world! At UKAEA, our staff work on interesting and challenging projects with a real impact on bringing fusion energy to the grid. 

Fusion energy is a global quest and, as one of the leading players, UKAEA has partnerships with organisations around the world. For example, we are at the heart of the UK’s involvement in the ITER international megaproject, the first ever industrial-scale demonstration of fusion power – fast taking shape in southern France.

UKAEA allows me to grow both professionally and personally; I feel supported and listened to. I believe that work-life balance is critical for people, working here lets me have that balance so I can bring 100% to everything I do.
Fay Charlett, Head of Commercial

Frequently asked questions

UKAEA has a broad range of opportunities within Engineering, Science, Technology, Construction, Project Management and Business Support functions, from entry level to experienced, within technical, managerial and leadership roles.

View our latest opportunities.

  • Go to our current vacancies page and select the job you wish to apply for 
  • Submit a CV and complete screening questions (via our applicant tracking system) 
  • If shortlisted attend a 1st stage interview (virtual or telephone) 
  • If successful complete pre-interview assessments 
  • Attend a panel interview (virtual or face to face)

Of course. UKAEA are committed to ensuring that our recruitment process works for everyone and that it is inclusive and accessible. If you would require reasonable adjustments to be implemented for any stage of the recruitment process, please contact us at talent@ukaea.uk and we would be happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments further with you.

UKAEA are committed to your growth and career development.  We match the skills that you need at each stage of your career and offer you different ways to learn.  This could be funding a professional qualification, attendance on internal and external training courses or matching you with a mentor who can support you with your professional and personal development. 

UKAEA partners with King’s College London to deliver the Leadership Development programme and we have a range of other training courses available to support the development of core skills, technical skills and management skills.

View further details on our training and development opportunities.

We offer many benefits when you join UKAEA and aim to go above and beyond the standard benefits package that you may expect. We encourage and support work life balance which is reflected in what we offer.

Find more details on benefits here.

UKAEA has a friendly and supportive culture with a commitment to many learning and development opportunities and health and wellbeing benefits. We also display this through our motivation to ensure we have a diverse and inclusive environment to enable employees to achieve.

UKAEA are currently based in Culham, near Abingdon, Oxfordshire and also Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

Full address details can be found here.  

UKAEA offers a wide range of opportunities and recognises the diversity that different sector experiences can bring. A majority of our roles would not require nuclear sector experience. Each role will have specific essential and desirable requirements which are outlined within each job via our current vacancies.

Yes. UKAEA offers a range of fixed term and permanent opportunities which are all available via our current vacancies. We also have a number of contract opportunities available, these are managed directly by Rullion, details on current contract opportunities are available here.

UKAEA offers hybrid working for a majority of its roles.  Some operational roles are based on site and would not be available for hybrid working. UKAEA is also open to flexible working arrangements.

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any more questions.

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