Graduated .. and then?
Of course, the Fusion Master is the perfect preparation for a career in international fusion research. Now that the construction of ITER is starting, a new generation of bright and well-trained fusion researchers and engineers is needed. Young people with a good overview over the field, a keen eye for the societal aspects of fusion energy and the drive to bring the incredibly complex ITER project to success.
In the ITER project industry plays a very important role. In fact over 80% of the ITER budget will be spent in industrial contracts. In the Netherlands about 30 companies – a wide variety, but generally high-tech – who are actively involved in (preparatory) work for ITER. Also the upcoming 'fusion industry' needs engineers with a solid knowledge of the field.
But the future of the Fusion graduate does not have to lie in ITER or fusion industry. Fusion is an interdisciplinary field in which many competences come together. As Fusion graduate you will have learned to work in international, interdisciplinary teams, and to work against a deadline towards a concrete goal. These are skills and competences give you a very good preparation for a a career in any innovative high-tech industry. Typically two thirds of the Fusion graduates actually continue their career in industry.
After completion of the Fusion master you can choose to further specialize in fusion by entering a PhD project. These become regularly available in the Netherlands - mostly in the collaboration between the DIFFER institute and the TU/e - but also internationally there are many possibilities.