Strategic Science Initiative Post-doc

Requisition # 2022-15569
Date Posted 7 days ago(11/21/2022 5:49 PM)
Department
PPPL Office of the Director
Category
Research and Laboratory
Job Type
Full-Time

Overview

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) seeks exceptional postdoctoral (post-doc) researchers with demonstrated leadership potential to play a major role in opening new research direction(s) for PPPL. This postdoctoral research opportunity offers early-career science, technology, engineering, computation, and applied mathematics professionals the opportunity to conduct impactful research at a world-leading research institution. The successful candidate will propose in their job application cover letter a succinct research plan spanning two (minimum) to three (maximum) years in duration that encompasses one or more topics supporting the scientific and research diversification goals of PPPL, including but not limited to:

  • Understanding spherical torus plasma regimes for reduced-cost fusion.
  • Advancing optimized stellarators and exploiting 3D-fields to improve tokamaks.
  • Developing liquid metal walls to increase energy confinement and mitigate heat fluxes.
  • Developing validated whole device models for ITER and next-steps including Pilot Plants exploiting machine learning, artificial intelligence, and high-performance computing.
  • Developing innovative diagnostics, technologies, and engineering for next-step devices.
  • Developing superconducting magnet technologies for reduced-cost fusion devices.
  • Optimizing plasma edge composition to improve fusion performance.
  • Developing new scientific discoveries and applications of low temperature plasmas.
  • Advancing nanofabrication for microelectronics and quantum information science.
  • Initiating PPPL sustainability science (e.g., electro-manufacturing, solar geoengineering).
  • Understanding fundamental plasma processes: magnetic reconnection, shocks, turbulence, and dynamos.
  • Advancing multi-messenger astronomy via simulation tools for highly relativistic plasmas.
  • Increasing understanding of high-energy density plasma processes.

The successful candidate will work with researchers at PPPL and may also propose to join one or more of the wide range of domestic and international scientific collaborations PPPL scientists participate in.

 

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

Core Duties: 

  • Lead, publish, present, and disseminate innovative and impactful research results relevant to the PPPL scientific and research diversification goals of PPPL.

Qualifications

Education and Experience: 

  • Ph.D. conferred within five years at the time of application or completion of Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment in plasma physics, fusion science, engineering (e.g., nuclear, mechanical, electrical, systems), computer science, engineering, applied mathematics, or a related field.
  • Experience in topical area(s) aligning with PPPL’s mission and scientific and research diversification goals.
  • Evidence of academic achievement with potential for scientific and strategic leadership.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Demonstrated technical and scientific excellence, strong communication and presentation skills, skills to help advance a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, ability to work effectively in a team environment, leadership potential, and strategic thinking and planning skills.

 

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

Physical Capacity Exam Required

No

Valid Driver's License Required

No

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Princeton University-Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) 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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