Student Placement - Chemical Engineering

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Abingdon, United Kingdom

Posted on: 2024-03-26

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.

Tokamak Energy are pleased to be offering a number of Summer placement opportunities to undergraduates who are studying a relevant degree and seeking experience within a commercial Fusion organisation. Our Summer placements offer a fantastic opportunity to work with highly talented individuals and teams, focusing on a focused project or series of small projects and tasks to support our mission and goals.


This opportunity will not only be a great way to apply some of your learnings from your studies, but also be part of a commercial Fusion working environment combining R&D with Programme delivery and learning to work in a collaborative and innovative workplace. You will have the opportunity to apply your skills and abilities within a variety of areas including communication, teamwork, project management and much more!


Overview of the chemical engineering placement

You will be supporting the Reactor Fuel Modelling Specialist in developing a dynamic fusion fuel cycle model identifying useful metrics of performances and supporting the design of fuel cycle sub-systems whilst establishing the necessary databases to support the development of any models. Additionally, you will be involved with the definition of the key architecture of the fuel cycle and integration against reactor requirements.


Details of the project will include:

1)    Development of appropriate databases to support the design of fuel cycle sub-systems and breeder blankets

2)   Supporting the selection of an appropriate package for modelling vacuum systems and tracking sensitivity across the model

3)   Conducting desktop literature reviews to source appropriate data on hydrogenic & hydrogen isotopologues species physical properties

4)   Working closely with the Reactor Fuel Modelling Specialist to troubleshoot key architectural design challenges and driving understanding through metrics of performance


Through this opportunity you will learn and gain an understanding of:

-      The intricacies of modelling a fusion fuel cycle and the challenges associated with a commercial scale fuel cycle.

-      Design and development of major fuel cycle process sub-systems and considerations around scale up.

-      Development of high-level process flow diagrams and mass and energy balances

-      Requirements definition and bounding conditions for system design.

-      Modelling from first principals to understand key phenomena effecting the design of major fuel cycle sub-systems.


·         Studying a relevant Degree or Masters (Chemical Engineering)

·         Ideally some knowledge of computational modelling and statistical analysis

·         Ideally some knowledge of statistical analysis

·         Motivated and enthusiastic with ability to work independently

·         Good communication skills with ability to work collaboratively with team members

·         Good planning and organisation skills


  • Fusion Industry experience.
  • Be part of a dynamic team and collaborate with experts in field.
  • 5 days holiday.
  • Competitive pay.

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