Life at Reaction Engines.

Progress powered by brilliant people.

Our principles.

Our principles are our guide for how we do things.
They inform how we behave, our attitude and our spirit.


A pioneering spirit runs through our DNA. We’re here to deliver new, exciting technology. We’re not afraid to explore new territories and be the first to try things.


The things we do aren’t pipe dreams, they are tangible. Our technology will deliver improved cost effectiveness, safety and sustainability.


We’re able to look at challenges from more points of view. We’re agile and value lessons learned. We’re bold and more receptive to innovative ideas.


We’re leaders in our field. We set benchmarks and standards that others follow and aspire to. We inspire confidence.

Transformative technology for the world.

We are committed to using our technology to benefit the world. Making a difference to the environment, society and managing our operations in a responsible way.

Building our business on diversity.

All creative, curious and intelligent minds are welcome at Reaction Engines. We’re proud of our inclusive culture – where different backgrounds, approaches and points of view are championed. Together, there’s no limit to where we can go.

Connected to the community.

We believe Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths have the power to change the world – which is why we take part in a range of STEM Outreach events in the local community. Helping inspire the next generation of engineers to make beyond possible.

Enjoy work and play.

We all work hard but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to have fun too. We have regular company events and if you like to keep in shape, the sports centre offers tennis and softball tournaments, a running club and more.

In the heart of the countryside.

We’re based in the middle of the Oxfordshire green belt, ideally located between Oxford, Abingdon and Didcot. We’re 20 minutes from the Harwell Space Gateway and half an hour from Oxford City centre. In fact, the site has transport links to the whole of the UK on its doorstep. We also operate a cycle to work scheme for bike enthusiasts. The company has been here since 2001, starting off with a lab in the Culham Innovation Centre before moving to a dedicated premises in 2014.

A UK centre of science excellence.

Culham Science Centre is owned and managed by the UK Atomic Energy Authority, it is also home to some other incredible companies developing robotic handling equipment, advanced materials and manufacturing techniques, as well as next-generation technology. The site is well catered for including coffee shop, convenience store and restaurant plus a gym, sports facilities and a nature reserve.

Our benefits.

Family friendly policies

Long Service Awards

Cycle to work scheme

Employer matching pension up to 5%

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

Employee recognition (STAR Awards)

Company Share Option Plan

28 days annual leave, increasing to 30 after 2 years service

Life assurance (3x annual salary)


Subsidised childcare at Culham Nursery

Annual Professional Membership

Bonus Scheme

Dynamic Working

Health and wellbeing discounts & wellbeing challenges via our EAP

Meet some of the team.

Business Development Manager, Applied Technologies

Sector Lead, Applied Technologies

Head of Performance and Aerothermal Engineering

Senior Human Resources Advisor

Business Development Manager, Applied Technologies

Sector Lead, Applied Technologies

Head of Performance and Aerothermal Engineering

Business Development Manager, Applied Technologies

Sector Lead, Applied Technologies