Mark Gilbert works his way from a graduate to Head of Programmes

Mark joined UKAEA as a graduate recruit in 2003. Despite knowing nothing about fusion when he first joined, he has worked his way up to become the Head of Programme in Neutron-Materials Interactions. Mark has had a large influence on our programmes throughout his career.
Mark Gilbert, UKAEA Head of Programme

Key achievements

Mark’s biggest achievement in his career with us is the integration of materials modelling and nuclear physics. Having worked in both materials modelling (starting with a DPhil funded by UKAEA) and computational nuclear physics, he has brought the two areas closer together, resulting in key benefits to UKAEA’s research programme.

“There are a wide range of activities and disciplines, varied research, and opportunities for travel and international collaboration.”

Finding opportunities to combine skill sets within the organisation, Mark has led the charge for improved understanding of how the chemical changes induced by neutrons from fusion reactions impact on material properties. This is an important challenge for developing commercial fusion energy.

Role
Head of Programme in Neutron-Materials Interactions
Department
Materials Business Unit
Joined UKAEA
2003
Qualifications
DPhil, MSci, CPhys

Mark’s career so far

I was excited by the opportunity for scientific research into an important problem for the world.
Mark Gilbert, UKAEA Head of Programme

Career development and support

PhD funding

UKAEA has supported Mark from the very beginning of his career. As an organisation, we paid for Mark to complete his PhD as we recognised the value he could bring to the UKAEA team. When asked about what he loved about working for UKAEA, he said “There are lots of things to learn and lots of people to meet.

Technical training workshops

Mark has taken part in technical training workshops on neutron transport and atomistic modelling. Members of the UKAEA team recommended this opportunity to Mark and supported his application to and completion of the course.

Practical training in line management and more

Mark has also been supported in his line management training to further his career. He’s undertaken professional development training, including report writing and presentation skills.

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