The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is developing nuclear fusion as a major new source of safe, reliable low-carbon energy.Fusion – the process that powers the Sun – could give us abundant reserves of cleaner energy. UKAEA is a world leader in the race to bring it to the electricity grid.
UKAEA manages the UK’s national fusion programme at Culham near Oxford. Our scientists and engineers are working with partners around the globe on the technology for fusion power stations.
A new £220M design project led by UKAEA could see the first fusion powerplant built in the UK by 2040. To enable this, we have created a set of research facilities tackling the big challenges on the path to commercial fusion energy:
MAST Upgrade: In 2020, our latest fusion research machine, MAST Upgrade, will go online. It will explore a promising concept for compact reactors and help to answer key fusion science questions.
Materials Research Facility: a national facility for university and industry users who are developing materials for fusion and fission reactors.
RACE (Remote Applications in Challenging Environments): a centre for R&D and commercial activities in the field of Robotics and Autonomous Systems.
Fusion Technology: new facilities at Culham and at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, Rotherham, for testing engineering components for fusion reactors.
H3AT (Hydrogen-3 Advanced Technology): a first-of-a-kind research centre for studying tritium, one of the fuels needed for fusion powerplants.
UKAEA also hosts the world’s largest fusion machine, JET (Joint European Torus), at Culham for scientists around Europe. This work is vital in preparing for the first ever reactor-scale fusion experiment – the $20B international ITER project, now being built in France.
Equality, diversity and inclusion for UKAEA means having a consistent workplace culture where equality legislation is complied with, diversity in all its forms is valued, recognised and celebrated. An environment where all staff, irrespective of their individual personal characteristics and employment status, believe and feel they have the opportunity to realise their potential, and are treated with dignity and respect.
Culture & Values
UKAEA’s mission is to deliver sustainable fusion energy and maximise scientific and economic impact.
Benefits at UK Atomic Energy Authority
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Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.
Employee Assistance Programme
Access to Learning and Development Opportunities
25 days annual leave + 8 bank holidays + 5.5 days
Cycle to Work Scheme
On site canteen and subsidies (on site Costa)
On site social clubs, gym and events
What our people say
This job keeps me connected to my core engineering skills, while developing and leading a team of experts in their fields.
— Navdeep - MAST-U Group Leader
I very much enjoy being part of something that will have a world-wide impact on future generations.
— Hanni - Fusion Power Systems Integrator
I really like the emphasis on personal development. Since starting as a graduate, I have been involved in work shadowing, public outreach and even engineering competitions through the IET.
— Sohabe - Graduate Mechatronics Engineer
The work I do has a direct effect on the development of fusion and I feel valued. I have gained a lot of confidence in progressing my career which I have never had before.
— Mourmour - Graduate Mechanical Engineer
I enjoy working with a diverse group of people ranging from technicians, engineers to physicists.
— Adriana - Project Planner
There’s a sense of excitement and determination that is present from a collective belief in the ultimate aim of developing a viable fusion power source.
— Shail - Graduate Mechanical Engineer
I like working with the people here as I enjoy being able to talk to lots of different people on site. I like the fact that I feel like I’m contributing.
— Faye - Business Admin Apprentice
Working with a fantastic diverse and crossdisciplinary team. I work with physicists, engineers, materials scientists, nuclear technologists, geochemists and more.