UK Atomic Energy Authority
FTA 2 years FT
£23,286 – £34,824 per annum + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
22nd June 2020
Are you a physicist with a real passion for research and development? Do you have an analytical approach to problem-solving?
Do you enjoy working in the field of plasma turbulence and have an interest in working with electrical probes and/or fast imaging cameras to characterise turbulent plasmas?
If you have answered yes to these questions, we have a fantastic, genuine science position, with the emphasis on research.
We are seeking an experimental plasma physicist to join our team within the Edge Experiments Group in the Tokamak Science Department.
The job holder will perform experiments to improve our understanding of turbulent transport in the scrape off layer (SOL) and divertor of MAST Upgrade. The main responsibilities of the candidate will be to operate and maintain the fast-visible camera diagnostic; analyse the data from these systems when required, contribute to the wider experimental programme; and provide data to validate theoretical models.
Additional responsibilities of the role will include:
– Contribute to projects requiring experimental support in the Exhaust Topic Area
– Propose, lead or contribute to research on MAST-U and report on findings at internal meetings, conferences and in peer-reviewed journals
– Propose, lead or contribute to research carried out through EUROfusion work packages, especially those related with the Medium Sized Tokamak programme
– Act as a responsible officer for the fast-visible camera diagnostic
– Propose, design and implement upgrades and modifications to the fast-visible camera diagnostic in response to scientific need
At UKAEA, we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. Our Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the Organisation to help make our Organisation an employer of choice. UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.
The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UKs MAST-U fusion energy experiment. UKAEA also works with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies currently in Remote Handling and Materials research. Following recent UK funding, two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation are being built. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading-edge technological excellence, whilst investing in people.
Knowledge, skills and experience
– Hold, or are about to hold, a PhD in experimental plasma physics
– Experience with plasma diagnostics
– Proven ability to carry out detailed analysis of experimental data, use of suitable tools, error analysis, etc.
– Proficiency with programming languages, e.g. C, FORTRAN, IDL, Python
– Proven ability to conduct independent research
– Good oral and written communications skills
– Experience with electrical probes and/or fast imaging cameras to characterise turbulent plasmas is highly desirable
– Experience of developing sophisticated data analysis codes in high level languages, e.g. IDL and Python, using curve fitting, error propagation and tomographic reconstruction
– Strong record of publications in a closely related field
Selection Methods and Notes:
– A panel interview will be held in the week of the 6th July 2020
– As part of the selection process, you may be expected to complete work-based simulation exercises and a personality profile either online or onsite.
– Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.
– Please note, UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews.
– The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role.
– Please note, all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions…… click apply for full job details
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