Are you a highly experienced manager within the field of cryogenics with a proven track record of providing technical leadership and developing cryogenic engineers? Are you an experienced project manager demonstrating both budgetary and technical control? The UK Atomic Energy Authority has an excellent opportunity for a Cryogenics & Pellets Group Leader to proactively lead and manage the Cryogenics & Pellets Group providing both tactical and strategic direction and decision making to deliver the JET and MAST-U programmes in support of corporate strategies.

Responsibilities include management and leadership of the Group to achieve Group, Unit, Department and Authority objectives; staff management, motivation and development including succession planning; preparation and management of annual budgets; development of rolling 5 year financial forecasts incorporating current and proposed future strategies for JET and MAST-U including plant refurbishments, enhancements and major upgrades; achievement of all NJOC and EPSRC milestones (both operational and project related); strategic planning for the Group for JET operational scenarios to 2025 and beyond; engendering a robust safety culture within the Group and promoting first class communications both within UKAEA and with the Eurofusion community.

The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UK`s 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 its people.




The Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge has a three year position position to work on the pulse charging of Bulk REBCO materials in portable systems.

The post holder will work with Dr Mark Ainslie, an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Early Career Fellow, on an EPSRC-funded project to develop portable, high magnetic field charging of bulk superconductors for practical engineering applications.

Closing date is early May.


The Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge has a vacancy for a research associate to work on bulk MgB2 characterisation and their integration into a practical system for medical applications. This is a two year contract in collaboration with RAL and the University of Oxford.

The advert and details of how to apply is here:

Closing date is late May.


We have opportunities for scientists and engineers looking for potential positions in an industrial environment. Please bring this to the attention to who might be interested. We are very open to both graduate, post graduate and PDRA level skills and experience.

See the Role Profile for the top level brief for two positions. To find out more and apply for either  position, please contact my colleague Ms. Angela Ashwell on:

  1.        Systems Engineer to join their growing team at their site in Tubney Woods in Abingdon.  Working alongside highly-talented colleagues, you will contribute towards the design, development and maintenance of software, components and product in the company’s portfolio.

A degree in Physics / Engineering (PhD and post doctorial work beneficial) and familiarity with (some of) the following areas: programmable instrument protocols (RS232, RS-485, GPIB, TCP/IP); application development (C, C++, C#, Python) under Windows / Linux; and web technologies (Javascript, node, database back ends, cloud connectivity).

  1.        Systems Test Engineer to join their growing team at their site in Tubney Woods in Abingdon.  Working alongside highly-talented colleagues, you will be responsible for systemising and testing complex cryogenic and magnet systems.

The Test team is typically the entry-route for PhD students in to Oxford Instruments.

With a track record of career development and a global brand, OI can support an interesting and challenging career for the right people.


Tokamak Energy aims to accelerate the adoption of fusion power generation by combining two emerging technologies - spherical tokamaks and high-temperature superconductors (HTS). The company is developing a series of technology demonstration prototypes, culminating in a pilot plant which will exceed fusion energy breakeven. This role will be part of the HTS Engineering team, which is responsible for developing HTS technology for the plasma confinement magnet. The successful candidate will be a creative engineer with the ability to enable Tokamak Energy to become a world leader in large-scale HTS magnet design for fusion applications. HTS technology will be developed in-house and demonstrated by manufacturing a series of test prototypes of increasing scale. This role will play a key role in taking prototypes from concept to hardware, and will be highly motivated by the opportunity to contribute to making fusion power a viable candidate as a global energy source on a sub-decade timescale. For more information and to apply please see our website