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Research Associate (x3) in fusion plasma simulations for STEP

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
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Fixed term
32,817 - 40,322 a year
Interview Date
17th September 2021
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Role Description


The Department of Physics is at the forefront of pioneering global research and technological advancement in our world leading research centres, focused around biophysics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, and plasma physics and fusion energy at the York Plasma Institute. As a Department we strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We aim to ensure that there is a supportive and egalitarian culture at all levels and across all staff groups. We promote good practice and a strong culture of equality in higher education, and are proud of our Juno Champion Award and Athena SWAN Silver Award.


We are seeking to appoint three (3) Post-Doctoral Research Associates in fusion plasmas to support our contributions to the STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production, reactor design programme, being led by UKAEA. These will be in the tokamak science areas of (1) turbulence and transport; (2) exhaust and divertor physics and (3) microwave current drive. You will undertake computer simulations and modelling to guide the development of a feasible plasma scenario for STEP. You will usually be based at the University of York, but collaborate closely with UKAEA and, in the case of topic (3) additionally with our partners at the Universities of Strathclyde and Stuttgart. You will be encouraged and supported to publish your significant research outputs.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • You will have a PhD (or demonstrable equivalent experience) in an area of relevance to at least one of the research fields
  • You will have experience of simulations in one of the three areas of research identified in the Role, or a field closely related to it, preferably using supercomputers.
  • You will be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of fusion plasma physics, especially related to the research topics
  • You will have good communication skills – written and oral – and a good command of the English language
  • You will be self-motivated, but also work well in a collaborative team
  • You will be able to work independently, as well as collaboratively, offering innovative solutions to challenging research problems

Interview date: 17 September 2021

For informal enquiries: please contact Prof Howard Wilson ( or

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