Diagnostics Team Leader

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

Company Background

Tokamak Energy has unlocked a new route to scalable fusion power that is cost-effective and does not require huge infrastructure and capital expenditure. The technology will revolutionise the world’s energy production – it will be possible to produce more energy, more cheaply and with fewer harmful side effects (e.g. with no long-term nuclear waste or carbon emissions). Tokamak Energy aims to accelerate the development of fusion energy by combining two emerging technologies – spherical tokamaks and high-temperature superconductors. The company’s innovation has been featured on Channel 4 news, BBC News Click and Reuters news channel and they received a Technology Pioneer Award at the World Economic Forum on 2016. This is the chance to join a fast-growing high technology company with an agile, dynamic team and to tackle the challenge of a lifetime.


The role

Tokamak Energy are aiming to accelerate the commercialisation of fusion by developing power plants based on high field spherical tokamaks. We are looking for an experienced plasma diagnostician to lead the diagnostics team and oversee the development and delivery of broad range of diagnostic systems. The Diagnostics Team Leader will play an important role in achieving the company’s goals by delivering measurements that enable rapid scientific and technical development.



  • Responsible for the strategic planning and delivery of the diagnostic systems that support the company’s scientific goals and business plan milestones
  • Overseeing the design, procurement, installation, commissioning and maintenance of diagnostic systems
  • Managing and growing a team of diagnosticians responsible for individual diagnostics
  • Maintaining the quality documentation, interface documentation and hardware calibration and modification records
  • Delivering plasma parameter measurements required to meet company’s scientific objectives
  • Ensuring compliance with the company’s Health & Safety and Quality Assurance policies and procedures
  • Developing novel diagnostic techniques to meet specific challenges of compact fusion
  • Interfacing with existing internal and external collaborators and establishing new external collaborations
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the health & safety requirements relevant to the role
  • Ability to effectively lead a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and scientists
  • Track record of delivering complex technical projects to meet budget, time and quality requirements


Selection criteria

  • PhD in plasma physics, physics or a closely related field
  • Experience working with plasma diagnostics and knowledge/experience with at least 3 fusion plasma diagnostics
  • Experience in leadership and management working in a fusion environment
  • Excellent communication, influencing and collaboration skills
  • Highly motivated to deliver against challenging objectives in a compressed timescale
  • Experience with experimental data analysis and research
  • Broad technical knowledge of tokamak diagnostics
  • Experience of technical team leadership
  • Experience in design and development of experimental plasma diagnostics
  • Experience in analysis of plasma diagnostics data


Desirable selection criteria

  • Experience in fusion related technologies, such as ultra-high vacuum (UHV)
  • Experience in electronics design
  • Project management experience
  • Budget responsibility experience
  • Project management qualifications



  • 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


How to apply

Please submit your CV with a covering letter detailing your experience to careers@tokamakenergy.co.uk

Important information for candidates

Pre-employment screening

Please note that the appointment of the successful candidate will be subject to standard pre-employment screening, as applicable to the post. This will include right-to-work, proof of identity and references.


Data Privacy

Please note that any personal data submitted to Tokamak Energy as part of the job application process will be processed in accordance with the GDPR and related UK data protection legislation, for more information regarding GDPR please see:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation


Equality of Opportunity

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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