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Active Spectroscopy and MAST-U Integrated Plasma Scenarios Physicist

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Job Title:
Active Spectroscopy and MAST-U Integrated Plasma Scenarios Physicist

Job type:
FTA 2 years FT

Culham, Oxfordshire

£29,597- £33,633 pa dependent on experience plus industry leading benefits including an outstanding pension scheme

Closing date:
23rd February 2018


Do you want to help shape the future of the world`s energy? Nuclear fusion, the process that powers The Sun, can play a big part in our carbon-free energy future. 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.

Robotic maintenance at the Remote Application in Challenging Environments (RACE) facility
Materials testing at the Materials Research Facility (MRF).

In addition, £85m has recently been secured for UKAEA to build two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation, further cementing UKAEA leading role in this transformative new energy technology.

We are seeking an experimental plasma physicist to join our team to perform experiments to improve our understanding of the performance of MAST Upgrade scenarios. The main responsibilities of the candidate will be to operate and maintain the Motional Stark Effect (MSE) and filtered camera diagnostics, including proposing and implementing enhancements, and supporting the Charge eXchange Recombination Spectroscopy (CXRS) diagnostic when needed.

Additional responsibilities of the role will include:
-Contribute to projects requiring experimental support in the Integrated Scenario Topic Area.
-Propose, lead or contribute to research on MAST-U and report on findings at internal meetings, conferences and in peer-reviewed journals.
-Propose, lead or contribute to research carried out through EUROfusion work packages, especially those related with the Medium Sized Tokamak programme
-Propose, design and implement upgrades and modifications to the Motional Stark Effect systems in response to scientific need
-Contribute to work on the design of the ITER charge-exchange diagnostic

This post is a 2 years fixed-term appointment within the Spectroscopy Group in the Tokamak Science Department.

Knowledge skills and experience

-PhD level qualification (or equivalent experience) in experimental plasma physics

-Proven ability to carry out detailed analysis of experimental data

-Proficiency with programming languages such as C, FORTRAN, IDL or Python

-Expertise in core physics or integrated scenarios

-Experience of using spectroscopy diagnostics, e.g. spectrometers and filtered cameras

-Good knowledge of atomic physics

-Proven ability to conduct independent research.

-Good oral and written communication skills

-Experience in developing optical plasma diagnostics is highly desirable.

-Experience of developing sophisticated data analysis codes in high level languages, e.g. IDL and Python, using curve fitting, error propagation and tomographic reconstruction.

-Strong record of publications in a closely related field.

Special requirements:
Selection Method(s):
-Interviews will be held in the week of 5 March.
-As part of the selection process you may be expected to complete a personality profile either online or onsite.

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.

-Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.
-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.

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