HTS Magnet Physicist

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

The role

A position is available to join the HTS magnet team on the journey to scalable fusion power for a Physicist.  The successful candidate will be responsible for developing magnet modelling software to participate in the pioneering work taking place on HTS magnet technology at Tokamak Energy.  They will have a methodical, analytic mindset, able to design and build sophisticated software packages in rigorous detail, incorporating complex Physics.  Organised and self-driven with the ability to work to defined scopes and timescales.


  • Development of HTS magnet design, simulation and experiment analysis software packages, predominantly using Matlab
  • Building deep knowledge of the Physics underpinning HTS magnets, by reading research articles and liaising with internal collaborators, and incorporating key Physics into these into the models
  • Exercising good coding standards and version control to produce high quality software suitable for use by other team members
  • Interpreting test results and producing clear written reports
  • Ability to devise and operate effective project schedules
  • The role may involve some practical experimentation in the HTS Magnet Laboratory on HTS tapes, assemblies an magnets

Hazard-specific / Safety-critical duties 

This job includes the following hazards or safety-critical activities which will require successful pre-employment health screening through our Occupational Health Service before the successful candidate will be allowed to start work:

  • Working at heights
  • Lone Working
  • Work in hot or cold environments

Essential Selection criteria

  • Degree in relevant scientific or engineering discipline
  • A good understanding of the principles of electricity and magnetism
  • Experience of working in a team of scientists and/or engineers
  • An aptitude for programming and data analysis using software such as Matlab, Microsoft Excel, Python etc
  • Experience of producing well structured, general purpose code for continued use by a team
  • Highly motivated to deliver against challenging objectives in a compressed timescale
  • Willingness to learn new techniques and technologies
  • Ability to contribute effectively in a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and scientists
  • Effective written and oral communication skills

Desirable selection criteria

  • Familiarity with superconductivity
  • Experience of performing practical work in a laboratory or engineering research environment
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision
  • Ability to devise and operate effective project schedules


  • 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

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

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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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