Development Engineer

Location: Milton Park, Abingdon
Salary: Competitive
Job type: Permanent

Tokamak Energy have a position available in the Divertor team for a Development Engineer. The successful candidate will be responsible for the technology development of divertor systems and other plasma-facing components. This includes novel materials and coolants for in-vessel tokamak components for present and future fusion devices at Tokamak Energy. The candidate will have a methodical but practical mindset, capable of evaluating and selecting emerging technologies through advanced analysis techniques, able to understand and deliver experimentally tested solutions to a high-quality standard; organised, self-driven and able to work to defined timescales.


  • Coordinate the execution of the divertor development plan related to the experimental validation and testing activities.
  • Hold responsibility of the divertor laboratory operations in matters of delivery, planning, logistics, quality, equipment and safety.
  • Design and analyse the divertor system and plasma-facing components test-beds in coordination with tokamak physics and engineering design activities, as required for the next generation of fusion devices.
  • Define and supervise the assessment and qualification procedure of plasma-facing components to be installed inside the tokamak vacuum enclosure.
  • Participate in the design of new tokamak components, coordinating the qualification and integrity monitoring, both in laboratory and during tokamak operations.
  • Specification and design of parts and assemblies as required for external testing.
  • Interface and information management, liaising with physicists and engineers responsible for other tokamak systems’ R&D, power supplies, HTS magnet design and overall integration.
  • Monitoring external development on novel techniques for improving pumping and heat flux handling performance.
  • Liaising with external contractors and researchers for the supply of technology development hardware.

Selection criteria

  • Degree in a relevant physics or engineering discipline, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience running, checking, and validating thermo-mechanical analysis simulations.
  • Hands-on experience on testing and diagnostic equipment.
  • Experience working within a team of scientists and/or engineers.
  • Highly motivated to deliver against challenging objectives in a compressed timescale
  • Ability to contribute effectively in a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and scientists
  • Willingness to learn new techniques and technologies
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Organised approach to complex problems

 Desirable selection criteria

  • Experience designing and testing high-heat flux components for vacuum environments.
  • Knowledge of vacuum design process, manufacturing and conditioning methods, and associated tools and standards.
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling experience would be an advantage, in particular if including magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD) effects.
  • Experience working in aerospace, nuclear, and/or fusion fields would be a plus.


  • 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays)
  • Company pension scheme
  • Eligible for company share option scheme after 1 years’ service
  • Company bonus scheme, discretionary, dependant on performance
  • Private medical insurance after 3 months service

Please note: Only candidates with the relevant skills and experience will be contacted regarding this position.  If you do not hear back from us within 10 days of submitting, your application then unfortunately you have been unsuccessful.  However, we may contact you in the future to discuss other opportunities.

No terminology in the advert or job description is intended to discriminate on the grounds of a person’s gender, marital status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation.  Every candidate will be assessed only in accordance with their merits, qualifications and abilities to perform the duties of the job.

How to apply

Please submit your CV with a covering letter detailing your experience to

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Entry into employment with the Tokamak Energy and progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit and the application of criteria which are related to the duties of each post and the relevant salary structure. In all cases, ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration. No applicant or member of staff shall be discriminated against because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.


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