The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory seeks to fill a post-doctoral Research Physicist position to work on fast ion transport physics on the KSTAR tokamak. The main focus is to contribute to the development, verification and validation of reduced fast ion transport models and to use the models in predictive time-dependent plasma simulations. The goal is to develop improved high performance plasma conditions in the superconducting KSTAR tokamak in Korea. The successful candidate will be based at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab in NJ and will be expected to travel regularly to Korea to interact with the experiment and the KSTAR research team.
The successful candidate will work on the development and validation of reduced fast ion transport models for the TRANSP tokamak transport code. The work is performed as part of an international collaboration between PPPL and the National Fusion Research Institute (Daejeon, South Korea). The reduced models will leverage the existing models implemented in TRANSP to include the effects of plasma instabilities on the energetic particle dynamics. The candidate will work on the extension of the models for several types of instabilities, as well as on the validation of the models against experimental data. The candidate will use these validated models to design improved operating regimes in the KSTAR tokamak. Applicants should have demonstrated knowledge of transport processes in magnetically confined plasmas. Knowledge of fast ion physics is a plus.
The position is at the post-doctoral level.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in plasma physics. Experience on tokamak physics is highly desirable. Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience in both experimental data analysis and use of numerical codes. The position will be based in Princeton, N.J., and the successful candidate will be expected to travel both domestically and internationally.
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