Plasma Control Engineer/Physicist

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

We are currently seeking a Plasma Control Engineer/Physicist to join our plasma operations team, to contribute to the development of our plasma control system (PCS), and to help us push the limits of plasma performance in ST40 and future high-field STs.

This role will include:

  • Developing, testing, maintaining, and operating ST40 Pulse Scheduling System (PSS) and Plasma Control System (PCS)
  • Carrying out modelling related to plasma control of both ST40 and future devices
  • Participating in the planning, running, and analysis of experiments
  • Developing advanced plasma control solutions for ST-F1 and future fusion reactors
  • Working closely with internal and external collaborators

Essential selection criteria

  • PhD in plasma control, control engineering, or closely related equivalent experience
  • Familiarity with fusion plasma physics and/or tokamak experiments
  • Experience applying control theory in practice
  • Fluency in MATLAB/Simulink
  • Experience working in a Linux environment
  • Highly motivated to deliver against challenging objectives in a compressed timescale
  • Ability to contribute effectively in a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers and technicians
  • Outstanding problem solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work efficiently on one’s own initiative
  • Willingness to learn and adopt new techniques and technologies

Desirable selection criteria

  • Experience working in a research environment
  • Familiarity with software development best practices
  • Experimental data analysis experience
  • Experience in programming languages such as Python/C/C++/Bash
  • Willingness to develop existing and new collaborations
  • Track record of scientific publications

Benefits

  • 25 days holiday, pro rata (plus bank holidays)
  • Company pension scheme
  • Eligible for company share option scheme after 1 year of service
  • Company bonus scheme, discretionary, dependent on performance
  • Private medical insurance after 3 months of 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.


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