Job Description

We are looking for Pulsed Power Engineers to join our team. The Pulsed Power team develops and operates extremely high-energy pulsed discharge machines. The team have designed, built, and operated a series of pulsed power machines, including Machine 3, Europe's largest of its kind. We are currently working on a major next step for First Light Fusion, the design and building of what is expected to be the largest pulsed power facility in the world; Machine 4 (M4).

The size of M4 at the heart of this scientific facility will be circa. £100M, and the facility will accommodate a series of supporting sub-systems. The program will take around five years to deliver with a materials budget exceeding £100M.

Pulsed Power engineers work on projects ranging from designing and building M4, our future experimental driver, to developing our electromagnetic launch capability through simulation and experiments on our existing and external facilities and developing machine and experimental diagnostics.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Providing expert engineering/scientific input to multidisciplinary teams
  • Producing analysis and calculations for design work
  • Using schematic capture, circuit simulation and other modelling packages


  • Degree in Physics, Engineering or similar
  • Ability to perform calculations and analysis associated with electrical engineering
  • Knowledge of health and safety matters relating to pulsed power systems
  • Passion for fusion and for taking a bold approach to a high-risk transformational technology
  • Fast and effective problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills


  • Experience solving complex engineering problems in a scientific environment
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver to agreed objectives and manage resources using project management techniques
  • Experience with CAD design tools and simulation software (COMSOL and SolidWorks, for example) is useful; training in the specific tools used at First Light will be provided