Student Fusion Industry Programme -Diagnostics & Shielding

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Abingdon, United Kingdom

Posted on: 2024-01-23

Category: renewables

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About the company:

The world needs a clean and reliable source of base-load energy to develop sustainably into the future. That’s what Tokamak Energy is striving to achieve.

Tokamak Energy is a private company accelerating the development of fusion power.

Fusion – the energy source that powers the sun – is globally accepted as the best way to generate plentiful, safe, secure and clean energy. The tokamak is the most heavily researched and best understood of all the different paths to fusion.

It is now acknowledged that the spherical tokamak design offers the smallest and most cost-effective solution. This is our solution. Yet there are many complex engineering challenges that need to be overcome for demonstration and commercialisation of this technology.

Our team of world-class fusion scientists and magnet engineers is tackling these challenges to develop efficient and affordable fusion power. Our unique approach is centred on rapid innovation using the latest materials and technology – but building on decades of scientific research and experience. This strategy gives us – and the world – a faster way to fusion.

Once fusion electricity is achieved, our scalable technology could be rolled out across the world as a solution to one of humanity’s greatest challenges: clean and sustainable energy for all.

Company Background

What if there was a limitless, safe, clean, low-cost energy source, providing much needed global energy security? What if that energy source could also help reduce climate change? We believe that’s fusion energy. Tokamak Energy is a leading global commercial fusion energy company based near Oxford, UK. We have an unrivalled track record designing and operating spherical tokamaks; the optimal route to commercial fusion energy. 

In addition to fusion energy, Tokamak Energy is recognised as the leader in High Temperature Superconductor (HTS) magnet, design, numerical modelling, and prototyping. Our dedicated HTS magnet team, in collaboration with key manufacturing partners, is focussed on becoming the leading supplier of HTS magnets to multiple markets. 

The company, founded in 2009 as a spin-off from the UK’s Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, currently employs a growing team of over 250 people with experts from the UK and around the world. It combines world leading scientific, engineering, industrial and commercial capabilities. The company has 70 families of patent applications and has raised $250 million, comprising $200m from private investors and $50m from the UK and US governments. Our US subsidiary, Tokamak Energy Inc, was established in 2019, and was recently selected to be part of the U.S Department of Energy milestone-based fusion development program, which was established to support private companies in bringing fusion energy to technical and commercial viability in the 2030s.

Come and be a part of a dynamic and innovative team who are striving to provide a solution to one of humanity’s greatest challenges: clean and sustainable energy for all.

Tokamak Energy are pleased to be offering opportunities through the UKAEA fusion industry summer placements for 8 weeks. To learn more about the programme, please visit: UKAEA Fusion Industry Programme.

About the opportunity: Evaluating Neutron Response in Diagnostics and Shielding through Monte Carlo Methods

The proposed project aims to assess the neutron response within diagnostics and determine the associated shielding requirements using Monte Carlo methods.

This research endeavours to comprehensively understand how diagnostic tools respond to neutron interactions and to identify optimal shielding measures for mitigating potential effects. Throughout this placement, the student will delve into Monte Carlo simulations, a fundamental computational technique widely used in nuclear science and engineering. The student will acquire hands-on experience in modelling neutron interactions, gaining proficiency in software tools essential for conducting these simulations. Furthermore, the placement will foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills as the student navigates through complex data analysis, interprets results, and contributes to the formulation of effective shielding strategies within the context of nuclear science.


  • Studying a relevant Degree or Masters
  • Interest and knowledge within subject area of placement opportunity
  • Motivated and enthusiastic with ability to work independently
  • Good communication skills with ability to work collaboratively with team members
  • Good planning and organisation skills

Before applying, please make sure you fill in the Fusion Industry Programme, UKAEA application form.


  • 25 days holiday pro-rata (plus bank holidays) per annum

No terminology in the advert or job description is intended to discriminate on the grounds of a person’s age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.  Every candidate will be assessed only in accordance with their merits, qualifications and abilities to perform the duties of the job.

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:

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.

Working arrangements

Please note this role does offer hybrid working, our model sets out a minimum 60% onsite / 40% home working split.

Part time working or job share options will be reviewed on an individual basis.

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