The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy as a safe, economical, and environmentally attractive energy source for the world’s long-term energy requirements. The Laboratory is managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which is the largest single supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.
This job will be located at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility at General Atomics in San Diego. Fusion is the perfect energy source to produce high power electricity with no environmental impacts and uses deuterium, a 200-million-year supply, from seawater to produce energy. The highly technical team at DIII-D leads the world in its fusion control development focused on taming this 150-million-degree C plasma.
The Plasma Control System (PCS) controls fusion device plasmas around the world. The original version, created at the DIII-D fusion device, is exported to many of the other worldwide fusion devices for the control of plasma. Real time computing along with artificial intelligence and machine learning codes are used to grow the PCS control capabilities.
This Plasma Control System Computer Programmer will create and maintain internal software programs for the DIII-D fusion reactor control. The incumbent candidate has a strong background in software development and programming. He or she will use the Linux operating system and associated hardware.
Plasma Control System Programmer responsibilities include:
Expected travel for conferences: 1-2 weeks per year
Normal working hours, but flexibility to accommodate lab test times or off-site collaboration (expected during the 2nd and 3rd years)
There may be some nights and weekends required of the incumbent when needed.
Ability to lift up to fifty pounds
Ability to run cables under a raised floor or along a dropped ceiling
Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time (when necessary)
Will frequently sit at a computer for extended periods of time
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW.
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