Associate Research Physicist- Boundary Physics

Requisition # 2022-15527
Date Posted 1 month ago(10/19/2022 10:23 AM)
Department
PPPL Tokamak Expermntl Science
Category
Research and Laboratory
Job Type
Full-Time

Overview

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow in the area of boundary physics. Join a dynamic team of scientists with diverse expertise, working to advance understanding, and develop new approaches for the problem of core-edge integration in tokamak reactors!

 

In collaboration with scientists from multiple institutions (PPPL, ORNL, MIT, Commonwealth Fusion Systems), this position will conduct computational research aimed at developing a code to predict 3D power deposition on plasma-facing components and will apply it to study the impact of 3D structures on high-field fusion devices.

 

The candidate will be based out of Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in Princeton, NJ, but be expected to travel and spend extended time in San Diego, CA during the first year, working with colleagues from ORNL at DIII-D General Atomics. 

 

Are you interested in joining the world’s brightest talent in solving some of the world’s grandest scientific challenges of the 21st century? Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is doing just that! Whether it be through science, engineering, technology or professional services, every team member has an opportunity to make their mark on our world. PPPL aims to attract and support people with a rich variety of backgrounds, interests, experiences, and cultural viewpoints. We are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and believe that each member of our team contributes to our scientific mission in their own unique way. Come join us!

Responsibilities

Research Physicist in Boundary Physics and 3D fields, with particular focus on core-edge integration.

 

As part of a recently funded collaboration to investigate heat fluxes on high-field and spherical tokamak devices, the candidate will initially conduct computational research aimed at extending the capability of the HEAT code to predicting 3D power deposition on plasma-facing components leveraging the existing capabilities of M3D-C1 and MAFOT codes. The successful candidate will then apply the newly developed tool to study the predicted impact of 3D fields on the heat fluxes to the divertor of the SPARC device, and their dependences on several physical and engineering parameters. These codes will then be made available for more general use on design of future and existing devices, including spherical tokamaks.

 

Core Duties: 

  • The candidate will be required to leverage existing 3D heat fluxes modeling tools and 2D heat flux engineering analysis tools to develop a 3D integrated simulation framework to investigate 3D heat loads on existing and future tokamak devices.

  • The first year to be devoted to development of code while the remaining years will be devoted to application of this code in physics studies. In the first year, this position will be required to spend extended periods of time in San Diego, CA DIII-D General Atomics, to work closely with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) scientists.

  • Will be expected to travel occasionally to conferences

  • This position will be responsible for conducting research and disseminating results in the form of talks, posters, and refereed journal articles.

  • Support collaborative research on off-site facilities may be required.

Qualifications

Education and Experience: 

  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in plasma physics, or a similarly related field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Strong understanding and comprehension of English grammar and syntax
  • Must have good verbal and written communication skills
  • Must have at least one (1) year of experience with numerical coding
  • Demonstrated experience with C++ and Python coding tools 
  • Experience with experimental fusion boundary physics is preferred. 

Working Conditions: 

  • Collaborative, office environment.
  • The job will be performed in an office environment, with the possibility of working in a hybrid on-site/remote format once the candidate is familiarized with the position and responsibilities.

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


Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.

Standard Weekly Hours

40.00

Eligible for Overtime

No

Benefits Eligible

Yes

Probationary Period

180 days

Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)

No

Estimated Appointment End Date

12/1/2025

Physical Capacity Exam Required

No

Valid Driver's License Required

No

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