Life at UKAEA

Until fusion is here, our most precious and powerful energy source is our people. To bring about the future, we need a brilliant work culture today. That’s why, when you join us, you’ll have access to a whole host of initiatives to support, enrich and develop you.

Join our diverse, inclusive and innovative team today.

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Career development

We hire the best. And we help them get better. We’re committed to developing people, with structured and supported mentoring programmes, upskilling initiatives, and training courses across a range of disciplines. Wherever you are in your career, from apprenticeship to senior management, we’re proud to offer a regular, reviewed appraisal process that will help you realise your career aspirations.

Find out more about our career development opportunities.

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Employee benefits

A world-beating team deserves world-beating benefits. Our fusion machines might harness the power of the sun, but we’re no fans of burn out. That’s why we offer a huge range of diverse and inclusive benefits to ensure a good work-life balance: such as flexible working, mental health first aiders, fitness challenges, onsite occupational health provision, and counselling. We also offer competitive pension and bonus schemes, social clubs, a discount scheme, and more. We look after you, so you can look after the future.

Read about our full range of benefits.

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Typical roles

All sorts of incredible people work with us – we employ a wide variety of scientific, engineering, technical and professional support personnel, whose skills span a number of departments, programmes and facilities. From Project Managers to Mechanical Design Engineers, from People Advisors to Runaway Electron Physicists – all have an invaluable role to play as we move toward a fusion future.

Take a look at some example roles and responsibilities.

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Employee case studies

Want to know what it’s really like to work here? Ask somebody who already does! Our employee case studies tell the story of how we’ve helped to develop our team members professionally and personally. Each account highlights key achievements and career progression opportunities – but also explains how these employees feel about UKAEA and their journey with us so far.

Read our case studies and find out what it’s like to work here.

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