Electromagnetic Launch Design Engineer

Oxford, UK
Nov 06, 2023
Posting live until
Dec 06, 2023
Job Ref 136

Job Description

We are looking for inquisitive engineers and scientists of all levels to join our electromagnetic launch design team. First Light Fusion operates a series of extremely high-energy pulsed discharge machines, designed to launch projectiles at 10+ km/s as part of our novel approach to fusion. Over the next five years this set will be expanded to include Machine 4, expected to be the largest pulsed power machine in the world.   

In this role, you will use our in-house magneto-hydrodynamics codes to understand how to take the energy delivered by our machines and convert it to projectile motion. You will invent new ideas and approaches, utilising a machine-learning based approach to optimise concepts. A key part of your role will be to solve the technical challenge of how a projectile-based approach can be used within a future fusion power plant.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Design and development of novel electromagnetic launch concepts using our in-house hydrodynamic and magneto-hydrodynamic codes, and machine learning-based optimisation;
  • Using Python and other analytical tools to understand simulation results, identify trends and spot opportunities in designs.


  • Degree in physics, engineering or similar;
  • A creative, problem-solving mindset;
  • Experience using simulation tools to solve technical problems;
  • Ability to perform calculations and analysis associated with electrical engineering;
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Good programming skills.


  • Experience with machine learning and other advanced optimisation methods;
  • Programming experience in Python or Fortran.


  • Competitive salary ;
  • 25 days annual leave + bank holidays ;
  • Free lunch, snacks, and soft drinks ;
  • Cycle to work scheme ;
  • Electric vehicle car scheme ;
  • Relocation support ;
  • Flexible working ;
  • Generous share options scheme ;
  • Health and wellbeing scheme ;
  • 8% employer pension contribution without matching requirements;
  • Enhanced maternal / paternal and sick leave.