• Associate Research Physicist

    Requisition # 2018-9490
    Date Posted 1 month ago(10/22/2018 10:34 AM)
    Department
    PPPL NSTX
    Category
    Research and Laboratory
    Full-Time / Part-Time
    Full-Time
  • Overview

    The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) seeks to fill a post-doctoral research physicist position on scenario development and plasma control based on integrated tokamak modeling. A major milestone of NSTX-U is the demonstration of fully non-inductive operation using a combination of Neutral Beam injection (NBI) and Radio-Frequency (RF) waves in the range of the electron cyclotron frequency and harmonics of the ion cyclotron frequency (HHFW). The successful candidate will contribute to modeling, optimization, and control of these fully non-inductive discharges, including the start-up, current rampup, sustainment with shape and divertor configuration control, and stable rampdown. In addition to developing simulations, they will actively participate in the experimental campaign in NSTX-U. Through a PPPL-CCFE post-doctoral initiative, the candidate will participate in scenario development and plasma control activities for MAST-U. While the position will be based at PPPL, the candidate will be expected to visit MAST-U periodically to work with their researchers in a coordinated fashion.

    Responsibilities

    The successful candidate will couple numerical optimization and feedback control techniques (using e.g., Python, Matlab, and Simulink) with time-dependent transport codes, in particular TRANSP, for the development of the discharge, in combination with state-of-the-art models for heating and current drive actuators. It is expected that the candidate will contribute to the improvement of the modeling tools, as driven by experiments. We are looking for a highly motivated scientist and a team worker who will collaborate closely with the theorists and experimentalists. Applicants should have demonstrated experience on dealing both with data analysis and experimental interpretation. Experience with model-based feedback control, numerical optimization, and reduced modeling is highly desirable. Familiarity with large modeling codes for experimental data analysis, interpretation and/or simulation is also highly desirable.

    Qualifications

    Applicants should possess a Ph.D. in plasma physics or a similar field. The position is at the post-doctoral level. For information: Dan Boyer, email: mboyer@pppl.gov.

     

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    Salary Grade

    RES, 01

    Standard Weekly Hours

    40.00

    Eligible for Overtime

    No

    Benefits Eligible

    Yes

    Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)

    No

    Physical Capacity Exam Required

    No

    Valid Driver's License Required

    No

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