PPPL has an opening for a research staff physicist (RM3 or RM4) with experience on both experimental and theory/modeling on RF wave physics. The candidate will support the current PPPL RF group to develop and apply state of the art theoretical and computational models in support of the PPPL RF heating program through collaborations, e.g., on DIII-D, C-Mod, EAST, JET, WEST, KSTAR, and LAPD devices. A strong involvement with the DOE’s RF SciDAC project is expected, which requires an ability to work closely with RF physicist at PPPL and other institutions on RF modeling development. Moreover, in order to further advance our numerical capability, a collaboration with the ASCR component of the RF SciDAC project together with other SciDAC projects is expected. Fluency in modern programming (FORTRAN, Python, etc.) and familiarity with UNIX operating systems is required, as well as the ability to work with large scale computational tools. Therefore, a familiarity with the main HPC clusters such as NERSC is also required.
We are looking for a highly motivated scientist and team worker who has post-graduate experience in both RF experiments and developing RF theory and computational models, and who will have demonstrated the ability to work with experimentalists on detailed comparisons of model predictions with experimental observations. The ability to prepare and lead RF experiments, as well as work with large scale computational tools, is required. An ability to fully conduct an independent research and to mentor younger scientists (PhD and postdoc) is also expected.
The person chosen must have completed a PhD in plasma physics or a closely related discipline. Preferred candidates will have had sufficient post-graduate experience in both RF experiments and developing RF theory and computational models, and will have demonstrated the ability to work with experimentalists on detailed comparisons of model predictions with experimental observations. Expertise in ray-tracing, full-wave, and Fokker-Planck models and simulations is essential. Finite element (FEM) analysis applied to RF wave propagation in plasmas is highly desirable, as well as expertise in RF heating in frequencies ranges from the ion cyclotron up to the electron cyclotron regime.
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