SOL Turbulence Modeller
SOL Turbulence Modeller
FTA 2 years FT
£30,341 – £44,936 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
12th March 2020
Are you an experienced research physicist with excellent communication and influencing skills?
Do you have a background in fusion with a relevant degree or equivalent qualification?
Do you have substantial knowledge and industry experience of working on fusion plasma exhaust, in particular scrape-off layer (SOL) turbulence?
The UK Atomic Energy Authority have an excellent opportunity for a SOL turbulence modeller to join their team within the Edge Theory Group. The team consists of around 10 employees and are responsible for interpreting and predicting tokamak edge physics on present-day and future machines. The successful applicant will have a direct contribution to our general understanding of turbulent transport at the edge of tokamak fusion devices, and in particular within the novel divertor of MAST-U (the UK`s spherical tokamak). This is an excellent opportunity to join an inclusive and collaborative organisation, based in one of the leading Science and Innovation campuses in the UK, Culham Science Centre.
Key accountabilities/responsibilities include:
-Develop and use analytical and numerical physical models to describe the behaviour of the plasma at the periphery of tokamak devices.
-Provide modelling of scrape-off layer (SOL) transport, including the effect of neutral particles.
-Support the implementation of advanced magnetic configurations in the turbulence code STORM and investigate these for relevant MAST-U parameters.
-Validate simulation results and theoretical findings against experimental measurements.
-Report research findings in refereed journal articles as well as at internal meetings, workshops and international conferences.
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 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.
Knowledge skills and experience
-A Ph.D. or equivalent in physics, engineering or a closely-related discipline.
-A proven ability to conduct independent research.
-Be a good team-player with an outward facing work-ethos as he/she will work closely with scientists around the world.
-Good oral and written communications skills.
-Theoretical and experimental understanding of scrape-off layer and divertor physics issues.
-Expertise in fluid or kinetic modelling of boundary plasma physics. In addition, experience with neutral physics would be highly valued.
-Significant post-doctoral research experience in the theory and modelling of magnetically-confined plasmas.
-Strong record of publications in a closely related field.
-A proven ability to lead small or larger teams.
-Experience supervising students.
-Likely to have chartered status, e.g. Cphys.
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.
-Initial interviews will be held on the 19th and 20th March.
-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.
If applicable (e.g. for split grades – Level 4/5)
-PLEASE NOTE, THIS POSITION HAS BEEN EVALUATED AT BOTH LEVEL 4 AND 5. THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE`S GRADE WILL BE DETERMINED AT INTERVIEW. APPLICATION PACKS FOR EACH ARE AVAILABLE TO VIEW.
-PLEASE NOTE, THE LEVEL 4 ROLE OFFERS A SALARY OF (MIN L4 TO STD L4) AND THE LEVEL 5 ROLE OFFERS A SALARY OF (MIN L5 TO STD L5). YOUR LEVEL WILL BE ASSESSED AT INTERVIEW.