Plasma Physicist

Location: Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Job type: Full Time, Permanent

The role

Do you want to help make limitless fusion power a reality? Are you a plasma physicist looking for a unique opportunity? If so, Tokamak Energy are seeking talented and innovative individuals that are passionate about accelerating the development of fusion power to join their physics team.

Tokamak Energy’s mission is to transform the way the world generates power by creating a clean, safe and sustainable source of energy for current and future generations. Our innovative approach to fusion is based on two emerging technologies: spherical tokamaks (STs) and high-field magnets made from high temperature superconductors (HTS).

Combining these two technologies enables efficient fusion power production in devices much smaller than previously thought possible. To demonstrate this revolutionary technology, Tokamak Energy are currently operating the worlds first high field spherical tokamak, ST40; designing and building increasingly powerful high-field HTS magnets; and designing a large scale HTS tokamak, ST-F1, that will be the first device to demonstrate the viability of fusion power.

Tokamak Energy are looking for research scientists to join our expanding physics team to perform fundamental and applied research into high-field spherical tokamaks. Applicants with knowledge and experience working in a broad range of areas are welcome to apply, including (but not limited to): MHD equilibrium and stability, confinement and transport, tokamak operations, divertor and edge physics, energetic particles, EC heating and current drive, power plant studies, and plasma control. The role will focus on expanding the spherical tokamak physics basis, investigating key physics challenges, and working at the physics/engineering interface by performing design assessments and providing input to key design decisions.


Essential selection criteria

  • PhD in plasma physics or closely related equivalent experience
  • Experience working in a research environment or developing novel technologies
  • Ability to work efficiently on own initiative
  • 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 and adopt new techniques and technologies
  • Ability to effectively communicate results to both technical and non-technical colleagues
  • Organised approach to tackling complex problems


Desirable selection Criteria

  • Familiarity with tokamak/plasma modelling codes
  • Experience of programming languages such as MatLab/Python/Unix/C++
  • Experimental data analysis experience
  • Publication history
  • Willingness to develop new and existing collaborations



  • 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

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.


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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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