Student placement - Fusion Fuel Cycle Engineer

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Abingdon, United Kingdom

Posted on: 2024-03-27

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 role

One important part of a Fusion Power Plant is the Fuel Cycle system. The Fuel Cycle system is in simple terms responsible for the fuel storage such as deuterium and tritium, fuel delivery to the fusion reactor, reactor exhaust pumping, fuel reprocessing including hydrogen isotope separation in order to fuel again to the fusion reactor.

The fusion reactor landscape has changed dramatically in recent years with many new experimental reactors arising on the horizon.

This project will have the important mission to capture fuel cycle design points (such as temperatures, pressures, flowrates etc)  in an organised Tokamak Energy databank which will function as a library for the first commercial Fusion Power Plant.

One outcome of this project is to highlight technology gaps for a Commercial Power Plant.

You will be part of the Fuel Systems Group at Tokamak Energy.

In this role, you will:

·       Perform literature research for experimental fusion reactor design points (worldwide)

·       Create format for the databank.

·       Design data structures in the TE database.

·       Format templates.

·       Define requirements and input parameters.

·       Participate in internal team and group meetings.

·       Write a technical report of the findings in a clear structured way with graphs and overview tables and references.

·       Present results in a power point presentation.


·       Required Technical understanding of process engineering.

·       Required: Technical understanding of a Fusion fuel cycle

·       Valued: able to work independently and self-motivating

·       Valued: Experience with Microsoft package such as Word, Excel etc.

·       Valued: Able to effectively use internet search option / platforms.


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

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