Postdoctoral Research Associate in Modelling Fusion Plasmas

University of York Department of Physics

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Modelling Fusion Plasmas

Based at:University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work:Full-time
Contract status:Fixed term
Salary:33,309 - 40,927 a year
Interview Date:3 February 2022
Posted Date:07/12/2021
Apply by:16/01/2022
Job Reference:10149

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 two 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, and our EPSRC programme Turbulent Dynamics of Tokamak Plasmas (TDoTP - These will be in the tokamak science areas of (1) turbulence and transport, and (2) tokamak divertor plasma physics. You will undertake computer simulations and modelling to guide the development of a feasible plasma scenario for STEP (optimisation of the divertor plasma or core transport) and, for the TDoTP project, to advance our understanding of electromagnetic turbulence simulations. You will usually be based at the University of York, but collaborate closely with UKAEA and, in the case of Topic (1) our partners at the Universities of Oxford, Strathclyde and Warwick. 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 two 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 able to work independently, as well as collaboratively, offering innovative solutions to challenging research problems

Interview date: 3rd February 2022

For informal enquiries: please contact Prof Howard Wilson ( or

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