RF Physicist

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

The role

The ECRH system main goal is to provide plasma heating in the range of electron cyclotron frequencies (80 – 170 GHz). This position is responsible for determining and developing effective theoretical and computational approaches for solving a wide range of challenging scientific problems related to tokamak magnetic fusion research.  The role will:

  • help determine research directions in key areas including radio frequency (RF) plasma heating and current drive, kinetic and fluid theory and/or integrated simulation;
  • perform analytic and computational investigations, including multi-scale simulations of RF absorption, including boundary and plasma interactions;
  • prepare integration of the Electron Cyclotron Heating (ECH) & Current Drive (CD) methods into ST40 physics programme;
  • implement/develop appropriate plasma-wave interaction modelling tools;
  • develop EC/EBW heating based scenarios for plasma start-up, plasma current ramp-up and sustainment;
  • support EBW, ECH & CD experiments with predictive modelling and analysis;
  • support ECH development, in aspects related to ECH & CD optimisation for future machines.

Responsibilities 

  • Participate in the development and integration of RF, boundary, plasma-material interaction, kinetic and fluid theory, and/or core physics codes and their applications to integrated simulation of tokamak experiments.
  • Support the overall fusion theory and integrated modelling capability of the Physics Team, including model development and code integration, verification, and validation.
  • Participate in the planning and integrated modelling of experiments in the present ST40 tokamak and future devices and perform verification and validation of modelling codes.
  • Present and publish research results at professional meetings and refereed journals.
  • Provide documentation and make technical presentations as required and assist in responding to proposals for new or the expansion of existing business opportunities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required.

Essential selection criteria

  • Requires a master’s degree or PhD in scientific or related technical fields and complex scientific experience of four or more years. Equivalent scientific experience may be substituted in lieu of education.
  • Must have; (1) a complete understanding of scientific concepts, principles, codes, and theory; (2) experience demonstrating a broad application of those concepts; and, (3) an expanding knowledge of principles, concepts, theory, and practices in related technical specialties.
  • Must possess the ability to; (1) understand new concepts quickly; (2) apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment; (3) organize, schedule, and coordinate work phases; and, (4) determine the appropriate approach at the task level or, with assistance, at the project level to provide solutions to a range of complex problems.
  • Familiarity with boundary and plasma-material interaction physics, RF and kinetic theory, and modern programming languages (particularly C++, Fortran, Python, mpi, CUDA) is desirable.
  • Must have strong communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team; able to perform complex tasks in one scientific area; and, lead a team of less experienced professional employees on semi-routine tasks.
  • Able to work extended hours and travel as required.
  • Original work(s) published in professional scientific journals or formal technical equivalents are highly desirable.

Benefits

  • 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

If you are passionate about accelerating the development of fusion power and want to join our dynamic team, please send 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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