UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

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The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is a nuclear research organisation handled by the government that’s primary aim is to develop our worldwide standing and overall efficiency in nuclear fusion power. The UKAEA manages the UK fusion programme at the Culham Center for Fusion Energy (CCFE), which is one of the world leaders in fusion research laboratories.


On July 19th 1954, the UKAEA was founded following the approval of being able to produce atomic energy and carry out research to do so. It was founded from within the Ministry of Supply, Department of Atomic Energy and inherited the majority of its facilities and personnel upon its formation.

The UKAEA started off with around 20,000 employees and more than doubled to 41,000 by 1961. Most of the operations in the early years of UKAEA were related to the nuclear weapons programme and the need for plutonium, uranium and hydrogen bombs. Between the years of 1952 to 1958, the UKAEA carried out 21 nuclear weapons tests.

After the Atomic Energy Authority Act 1971, the organisation was split into three sectors. The Radiochemical Centre became in charge of medical and industrial radioisotopes and was then privatised later as Amersham plc. British Nuclear Fuels Ltd took care of nuclear weapons and fuels.

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If you would like to complain to the UK Atomic Energy Authority, you can do so by using the following contact information. If you are not happy with the service standards or you’d like to make a general query, then please write to or email using the following:

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Catherine Pridham
Authority Secretary
United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
Culham Science Centre
Abingdon OX14 3DB

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If you are interested in working with UKAEA, then you can view available vacancies through link provided below. There are available vacancies in a large number of fields within the organisation, such as:

  • Engineering management
  • Systems integration
  • Nuclear
  • Materials and Metallurgy
  • Analysis
  • CAD
  • Process and chemical

All employees of UKAEA enjoy a great deal of privileges that make working for UKAEA even more rewarding. These include:

  • 25 - 30 days of annual leave
  • Combined Pension Scheme (CPS)
  • Performance bonuses
  • Relocation up to £8,000
  • Flexible working
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