Student placement - Software Systems Integration

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Abingdon, United Kingdom

Posted on: 2024-03-22

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.

The ST40 systems are monitored and controlled by MCS (Machine Control System) software developed by the LabVIEW team. The information published by the MCS applications is used to display information to the users of the systems and used to provide a summary status of the overall system.


This project will focus on the development of Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) using the information published by the existing systems, that will be used by system owners to monitor the status of their systems.


In this role, you will:

Explore IoT (Internet of Things) messaging protocols, focussing on MQTT, and develop user interfaces that use MQTT to display information of MCS systems.

You will develop the following skills:

·         Knowledge of IoT protocols, such as MQTT.

·         GUI design and development.

·         Gathering requirements from internal stakeholders.

·         Knowledge of systems integration for data acquisition and control.

·         Databases (MySQL and MDS+).

·         GIT version control.


·         Studying a relevant STEM degree (e.g. software engineering, computer science, systems engineering, control engineering).

·         Competency in a programming language (preferably LabVIEW).

·         Interest in messaging protocols.

·         Interest in UI design and development.

·         Good communication skills with the ability to work collaboratively.

·         Motivated and enthusiastic with the ability to work independently.

·         Good planning and organisation skills.


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

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