Diagnostic Physicists (Beam Spectroscopy, Laser Diagnostics, IR cameras)
Job Title: Diagnostic Physicists (Beam Spectroscopy, Laser Diagnostics, IR cameras)
Location: Culham, Oxfordshire
Salary: £29,893 - £44,272 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
Closing date: 12th December 2018
Are you an early career physicist or experienced plasma diagnostician with excellent technical and communication skills?
Do you have a passion for experimental physics with a science or engineering degree or equivalent qualification?
The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) is part of the UK Atomic Energy Authority and is one of the world`s leading fusion research laboratories. Our scientists and engineers are working with partners around the globe to develop fusion as a new source of clean energy for tomorrow`s power stations. We have excellent opportunities to join our team within the Tokamak Science department. These roles shall be primarily focused on the MAST Upgrade machine, but also contributing to the wider EUROfusion and international fusion program.
We are seeking physicists to:
- Be responsible for design, installation and routine operation of state-of-the-art plasma physics diagnostics.
- Provide high quality data with fully traceable calibration to help interpret the plasma behaviour.
- Have an active involvement in the MAST-U program, proposing and participating in the planning and execution of experiments on the Tokamak.
- Strongly interact with theoretical colleagues connecting experimental observations with models and theory.
- Report results at science meetings and international conferences
- Publish peer reviewed journal papers to shape the future of fusion.
At UKAEA we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. Our Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our Organisation an employer of choice. UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.
The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UK`s MAST-U fusion energy experiment. UKAEA also works with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies currently in Remote Handling and Materials research. Following recent UK funding two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation are being built. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading edge technological excellence, whilst investing in its people.
These posts are 3 year fixed-term appointments within the Tokamak Science Department.
For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please click apply now and download the application pack.
Knowledge skills and experience
- PhD level of knowledge of experimental physics.
- Proven ability to carry out detailed analysis of experimental data, use of suitable tools, error analysis, etc.
- Proficiency with programming languages, e.g. C, FORTRAN, IDL, Python.
- Proven ability to conduct independent physics research.
- Good oral and written communications skills.
- The post-holder must be an excellent team-player with an outward facing work-ethos as he/she will work closely with scientists from around the world.
- Hands on experience with specific diagnostics: Thomson scattering, Interferometry, Charge Exchange Spectroscopy, Fast Ion D-alpha, Zeff measurements, InfraRed Cameras, Motional Stark Effect or diagnostic systems in other fields using similar hardware and techniques.
- Expertise Integrated Scenarios, Pedestal Physics, Fast Particle Physics or Plasma Exhaust an advantage but not required.
- Ability to guide students and graduates in research (particularly for senior diagnostician roles)
- A strong publications records in Tokamak Physics or a related field, or diagnostics and instrumentation.
- Experience with Optical design codes such as Zemax or Code V would be an advantage, as would experience with FPGA progamming or Tomographic inversion codes.
Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance - The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.
- Initial interviews will be held in January. You may be required to attend a final interview thereafter.
- Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.
- Please note UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews
- The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role.
PLEASE NOTE THE POSITIONS WITH REF.3230 & 3234 HAVE BEEN EVALUATED AT BOTH LEVEL 4 AND 5. THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE`S GRADE WILL BE DETERMINED AT INTERVIEW. APPLICATION PACKS FOR EACH ARE AVAILABLE TO VIEW
PLEASE NOTE THE LEVEL 4 ROLE OFFERS A SALARY OF £29,893 - £33,969 AND THE LEVEL 5 ROLE OFFERS A SALARY OF £38,959 - £44,272.