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Edge and divertor physicist

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Edge and divertor physicist

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FTA 3 years FT

Culham, Oxfordshire

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

Closing date:
5th March 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. Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (the research arm of the UK Atomic Energy Authority) , is one of the world`s leading fusion research laboratories. In addition, UKAEA is also growing a major fusion technology programme, focussing on major challenges facing future fusion 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 target heat, power and energy loads in the scrape off layer (SOL) and divertor of MAST Upgrade. The main responsibilities of the post holder will be ensuring the reliable operation of the MAST-U infra-red (IR) thermography system used to make divertor power load measurements; perform routine analysis of the IR data to provide validated heat flux profiles of the divertor power loads and to perform experiments and modelling related to research in divertor and scrape off layer physics, contributing to the wider MAST Upgrade programme.

Additional responsibilities of the role will include:
-Contribute to projects requiring experimental support in the Exhaust 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 infra-red camera system in response to scientific need

This post is a 3 years fixed-term appointment within the Edge Experiments Group in the Tokamak Science Department.

Knowledge skills and experience

-PhD level qualification or equivalent experience, in experimental plasma physics

-Experience with plasma diagnostics

-Proven ability to carry out detailed analysis of experimental data, using suitable tools such as statistical methods and error analysis

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

-Expertise in exhaust plasma physics

-Proven ability to conduct independent research.

-Good oral and written communication skills

-Infrared thermography or design and implementation of other state of the art diagnostic systems

-Development and operation of internationally recognised edge physics numerical models or analysis codes

-Experience of developing sophisticated data analysis codes in high level languages, e.g. IDL and Python

-Strong record of publications in the field of plasma boundary or relevant plasma physics

Special requirements:
Selection Method(s):

-As part of the selection process you may be expected to complete a personality profile either online or onsite.

-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.

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.

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