Senior Plasma Physicist

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21/07/2020

Senior Plasma Physicist

Senior Plasma Physicist.

Job Title: Senior Plasma Physicist

Location: Milton Park, Abingdon (OX14)

Salary: £50,000 - £65,000, depending on experience

The Role:

Do you want to help make fusion power a reality? Are you a plasma physicist looking for a unique and exciting new opportunity? If so, the Company are seeking talented and innovative individuals that are passionate about accelerating the development of fusion power to join the physics team.

Their mission is to transform the way the world generates power by creating a clean, safe and sustainable source of energy for current and future generations and their innovative approach to fusion is based on two emerging technologies: spherical tokamaks (STs) and high-field magnets made from high temperature superconductors (HTS).

Experimental results from MAST and NSTX have shown that the thermal energy confinement time within spherical tokamaks has a strong favourable dependence on increasing toroidal field (reducing collisionality). When extrapolating to reactor relevant regimes this improved confinement opens the possibility of compact fusion. To investigate the effects of toroidal field on plasma performance the Company has constructed the high field spherical tokamak ST40. To date ST40 has operated with 1.5T toroidal field (already the world's highest field ST) and will soon be commissioned up to its design specification of 3T. They are seeking a talented scientist to interpret experimental results using a transport code (such as ASTRA or TRANSP).

In parallel to the ST40 experimental campaign they are also designing the future tokamaks ST-F1 and ST-E1. The successful candidate will use the transport code to predict the performance of these devices and inform the decision of device parameters (e.g. choosing the toroidal field and plasma current).

Duties:

ST40 data processing and analysis

Predictive scenario modelling using coupled free-boundary equilibrium and transport solvers (e.g. ASTRA-SPIDER)

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