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Requisition # 2020-11741
Date Posted 2 weeks ago(5/20/2020 4:28 PM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is seeking a highly skilled and experienced computational scientist who will have major technical responsibility for high-performance computing related to porting of PPPL codes to upcoming exascale computers as part of the Exascale Computing Project. In particular, PPPL is seeking a recognized leader and authority in the area of the scalable GPU and C++ computing on extreme scale high-performance computers at DOE facilities. The successful candidate for this position will have creativity, foresight, and mature professional judgment in anticipating and solving unprecedented computational problems, in determining project objectives and requirements, and in developing standards and guides for diverse software engineering, computing, and scientific activities. The successful candidate will also initiate and maintain extensive contacts with key software engineers and scientists in other areas of the Laboratory and in other organizations and skillfully negotiate critical issues.
Department
PPPL Theory
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2020-11740
Date Posted 2 weeks ago(5/20/2020 4:17 PM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is seeking a highly skilled computational scientist who will have major technical responsibility for high-performance computing related to uncertainty quantification or porting of PPPL codes to upcoming exascale computers. In particular, PPPL is seeking an expert in the area of the mathematical uncertainty quantification of simulation results or the scalable GPU and C++ computing on extreme scale high-performance computers at DOE facilities. The successful candidate for this position will be poised to develop creativity, foresight, and mature professional judgment in anticipating and solving unprecedented computational problems, in determining project objectives and requirements, and in developing standards and guides for diverse software engineering, computing, and scientific activities. The successful candidate will also initiate and maintain extensive contacts with key software engineers and scientists in other areas of the Laboratory and in other organizations and skillfully negotiate critical issues.
Department
PPPL Theory
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2020-11738
Date Posted 2 weeks ago(5/18/2020 3:36 PM)
Do you want to be an influential part of the world’s largest fusion experiment? The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has an exceptional opportunity for a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as the U.S. ITER Diagnostic Team Lead and the PPPL ITER Fabrication Department Head. This position comes with the opportunity to grow and advance international research initiatives, leading engineering projects, influencing the most complex fusion facility ever built. ITER is an international nuclear fusion research and engineering megaproject, which will be the world's largest magnetic confinement plasma physics experiment studying burning plasmas for the first time. Thirty-five nations are collaborating to build and operate ITER tokamak, located in France. In this role, you would lead a team of PPPL staff and subcontractors in delivering on U.S. diagnostic and port integration responsibilities. The ideal candidate would have an executive-level background and experience delivering multi-million dollar research or engineering projects. This role requires effectively collaborating with senior leadership at PPPL, U.S. ITER, and the ITER Organization as well as leaders from the other ITER domestic agencies, in devising and executing strategies for effective integration of U.S. diagnostic activities with the international ITER project. This position has overall responsibility for cost, schedule, and technical performance in the execution of U.S. ITER diagnostic scope. Managing the development and delivery of the state-of-the-art diagnostics while addressing the specific technical nuclear issues associated with ITER is on the cutting edge of fusion engineering research. As a member of PPPL’s senior leadership team, you will actively participate in Laboratory strategic planning and management functions, and represent U.S. ITER on the Laboratory Leadership Council.
Department
PPPL ITER Fabrication
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Engineering
Requisition # 2020-11732
Date Posted 4 weeks ago(5/8/2020 5:21 PM)
To design, develop and operate electronic equipment in support of instrumentation and control systems on experimental devices.
Department
PPPL Engineering and Infrastrc
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Engineering
Requisition # 2020-11731
Date Posted 4 weeks ago(5/8/2020 4:17 PM)
The Construction Manager will be responsible for the successful transition from design to construction in delivering the Laboratory’s capital projects in the $1M to $500M range. The Construction Manager’s core strengths will be rooted in a depth of experience in the construction delivery process, project controls and the ability to predict, communicate and manage the impacts of project risks. In the project design phase, the Construction Manager will be a contributing member of the team by partnering with project managers, the end user clients, and a diverse team of project stakeholders.
Department
PPPL Facilities
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Facilities Management and Physical Plant
Requisition # 2020-11424
Date Posted 1 month ago(5/6/2020 1:01 PM)
Provides leadership and management to coordinate, administer, and continually improve PPPL’s work planning and control program(s) and supporting processes and practices.
Department
PPPL Office of the Director
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Project Management
Requisition # 2019-11251
Date Posted 1 month ago(5/6/2020 12:46 PM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory seeks to fill a postdoctoral research position in the ITER & Tokamak Department for the studying the safe termination of high performance KSTAR discharges. The successful candidate will work within a team to develop integrated modeling simulation approaches, techniques for trajectory optimization, and real-time control techniques to ensure optimized trajectories are tracked. The successful candidate will work within a team to design, simulate, and experimentally test these techniques. The appointment will be based in Princeton.
Department
PPPL ITER and Tokamaks
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2019-11036
Date Posted 1 month ago(5/4/2020 8:44 AM)
The Office of Human Resources supports PPPL’s mission by providing expertise and guidance to enable recruitment, retention, and development of a highly skilled, diverse, and vibrant workforce.  Reporting to the Executive Director of Human Resources, the Diversity & Inclusion Officer (DIO) will establish the diversity, inclusion, and equity strategy for PPPL and lead the design, delivery, implementation, and analysis initiatives that support PPPL. The DIO is a key member of the Office of Human Resources (HR) and works closely with the leadership of PPPL and Princeton University key resources to enhance the PPPL staff experience.  The incumbent must have demonstrable skills for engaging and collaborating with organization leaders, staff and other stakeholders in STEM fields to inspire and influence a diverse group of colleagues in focusing attention on diversity and inclusion, achieving measurable results by providing thoughtful leadership and guidance about drivers, strategies, and goals. The incumbent will benchmark across industries including R&D environment and those involving significant STEM fields to bring contemporary best practices to PPPL. This position is critical in managing the change process necessary to improve diversity and inclusion results and operationalize the link between diversity and excellence.  This position is critical to growing and sustaining the diversity efforts and is expected to demonstrate progressive management values and standards to inform transformative inclusion and equity.  The position requires a broad range of diversity, inclusion, organizational development experience and competencies including strong experience in communication, influencing without direct authority, strategic analysis, thinking and planning, organizational effectiveness, creative problem-solving, and consulting.  This person must be adept at working in a matrixed organization and must be able to excel both as a member and a decisive leader in a collaborative, team-oriented structure.
Department
PPPL Human Resources
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Human Resources
Requisition # 2020-11721
Date Posted 1 month ago(5/1/2020 5:15 PM)
Ensures the successful operation, performance and maintenance of the motor-generator (MG) sets and associated systems
Department
PPPL Engineering and Infrastrc
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Engineering
Requisition # 2020-11713
Date Posted 1 month ago(4/20/2020 10:02 PM)
PPPL has a postdoctoral position open in the area of computational plasma physics, to play a key role in tokamak applications and development of the Gkeyll code, which uses advanced discontinuous Galerkin algorithms to simulate plasmas with various levels of fidelity. We seek an energetic applicant who wants to be at the forefront of high-performance computing with applications to fusion energy research. The work supports DOE Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) projects, and other PPPL projects in US and international plasma physics research. This is an entry-level position at rank of Associate Research Physicist.
Department
PPPL Theory
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2020-11712
Date Posted 1 month ago(4/20/2020 9:55 PM)
PPPL has a postdoctoral position open in the area of computational plasma physics, to play a key role in the application and development of the Gkeyll code, which uses advanced discontinuous Galerkin algorithms to simulate plasmas with various levels of fidelity. We seek an energetic applicant who wants to be at the forefront of high-performance computing with applications to fusion energy research. This work supports an Advanced Project Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) project that aims to understand basic physics of advanced fusion concepts. The work will also support DOE Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) projects. This is an entry-level position at rank of Associate Research Physicist.
Department
PPPL Theory
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2020-11711
Date Posted 1 month ago(4/20/2020 9:42 PM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has an exceptional opportunity for a dynamic scientific leader to help define and play a leading role in a growing interdisciplinary and multi-institutional effort to diagnose, simulate, and understand the complex interplay between materials science, plasma surface-interactions, and plasma-based nano-fabrication capabilities supporting industries of the future.The successful candidate will be responsible for developing, expanding, and leading new research initiatives engaging researchers from academia, national laboratories, and industry while also supporting collaborating researchers and facility users. The ideal candidate will play a vital role in growing plasma-based nano-fabrication research into a significant element of the laboratory’s research portfolio and will be passionate about developing a strong program that enhances the laboratory’s interactions with Princeton University – especially in the area of quantum materials, devices, systems, and computers. PPPL is a world leader in fusion and plasma research which advances the scientific understanding of plasma from nano- to astrophysical-scale and develops the scientific knowledge and advanced engineering to enable fusion to power the U.S. and the world. PPPL is operated by Princeton University, is a DOE National Laboratory focused on fusion energy research. To learn more about PPPL please visit www.pppl.gov. 
Department
PPPL Office of the Director
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2019-10911
Date Posted 1 month ago(4/20/2020 1:09 PM)
Participate in the design, development and operation of state of the art instrumentation and control systems in support of a wide range of current and future projects at PPPL.
Department
PPPL Engineering and Infrastrc
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Information Technology
Requisition # 2020-11700
Date Posted 2 months ago(4/9/2020 4:09 PM)
Support NSTX-U and PS&T Diagnostic development. Perform design and analysis, and oversee fabrication, assembly, installation of selected diagnostics.Work involves one or more of the following: design and development of equipment, test of materials, preparation of specifications and technical procedures, process study.Independently evaluate, select, and apply standard techniques, procedures, and criteria, in making adaptations and modifications.
Department
PPPL Engineering and Infrastrc
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Engineering
Requisition # 2020-11699
Date Posted 2 months ago(4/9/2020 3:56 PM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) seeks to fill a research physicist position on magnetic diagnostics, plasma control, MHD studies, and scenario development. The NSTX-U device utilizes a large variety of inductive magnetic sensors to diagnose and control the plasma. These include Rogowski sensors for measurements of the plasma current, flux loop and Mirnov coil sensors for assessment of the plasma position, and arrays of sensors for measurement of 3D plasma instabilities. The data are utilized in both post-shot physics analysis and during the shot for real-time plasma control. The magnetic measurements are integral to the research operations of NSTX-U, and they also provide data relevant to MHD equilibrium and stability physics research, control algorithm development, and high-performance plasma scenario studies. The successful candidate will be responsible for maintenance of the magnetics diagnostics on NSTX-U (with help from PPPL engineering). (S)he will have the ability and willingness to work with a large team of technical individuals, including fellow researchers, engineers, and technicians. (S)he will support the operation of the NSTX-U device and support experimental planning and execution. It is expected that the successful candidate will develop and plan experiments, analyze the data collected, and publish the results. The candidate will work with the larger team to identify specific research activities and topics.
Department
PPPL NSTX
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2020-11694
Date Posted 2 months ago(4/7/2020 3:54 PM)
As part of the US contribution to ITER (the next generation, international, tokamak experiment in France), PPPL provides a number of diagnostics and their integration with components provided by other contributors and within the overall Facility.The Integration Engineer will support the design and interface updates of diagnostic sub-systems integrated with the tokamak vacuum vessel, cryostat, and diagnostic sub-systems of other ITER parties; and will develop, organize and oversee subcontracts with U.S. design partners.
Department
PPPL Engineering and Infrastrc
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Engineering
Requisition # 2020-11693
Date Posted 2 months ago(4/7/2020 3:31 PM)
Supervises the Emergency Services Unit personnel on a daily basis. Acts as the Incident Commander in response to emergency and critical incidents. This position is responsible to ensure that equipment, materials, and protective systems are operational and tested in accordance with established procedures. Maintains the administrative documentation required to meet DOE and PPPL Policies, Plans and Standards.
Department
PPPL ES&H
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Public Safety, Security, and Emergency Services
Requisition # 2020-11690
Date Posted 2 months ago(4/3/2020 12:17 PM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) seeks a laser-optical engineer to take primary responsibility for the operation, maintenance, and upgrades of the Multi-Pulse Thomson Scattering (MPTS) diagnostic on the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U), a major US fusion facility supported by the US Department of Energy that is located at PPPL. The MPTS diagnostic measures the spatial profiles of the plasma electron temperature and density and it is required for nearly every NSTX-U experiment, so high reliability and availability are essential. The MPTS diagnostic consists of two high power Nd:YAG lasers (2 J per pulse, 30 Hz pulse repetition rate), beam combining and transmission optics, scattered light collection optics, and detection based on interference filters and avalanche photodiodes and associated electronics. An additional laser capable of operating in pulse burst mode at a high repetition rate (up to 10 kHz) has been installed and will be commissioned and used in the future. The engineer may also be requested to assist with laser-based diagnostics for other experiments at PPPL such as laser induced fluorescence, laser induced incandescence, Raman scattering, and coherent Rayleigh-Brillouin scattering.
Department
PPPL Engineering and Infrastrc
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Engineering
Requisition # 2020-11677
Date Posted 2 months ago(3/31/2020 5:13 PM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), a world-leading fusion energy research center under contract with the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), is seeking applications for a full-time fusion plasma physicist in Theoretical Plasma Physics at a Staff Research Scientist level focusing on the area of fast ion modeling.
Department
PPPL Theory
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2020-11676
Date Posted 2 months ago(3/31/2020 4:45 PM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has an exceptional opportunity for a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as the Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for computational sciences. This position comes with the opportunity to grow and advance research initiatives and lead the development and implementation of a compelling vision, mission, and strategic plan for PPPL computational science that opens new research directions and funding opportunities, standing up a new research Division at PPPL. The Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Computational Science is responsible for providing leadership, stewardship and strategic vision for the capability and Division. The ALD will be charged with expanding the computational research capability into a significant element of the laboratory’s research portfolio, drive strategic planning, research quality and integrity, and communications regarding plasma computational research. The ideal candidate will be passionate about developing a strong program that will both partner with industry and enhance the laboratory’s interactions with Princeton University. PPPL is a world leader in fusion and plasma research which advances the scientific understanding of plasma from nano- to astrophysical-scale and develops the scientific knowledge and advanced engineering to enable fusion to power the U.S. and the world. PPPL is operated by Princeton University, is a DOE National Laboratory focused on fusion energy research. To learn more about PPPL please visit pppl.gov. This position is less than full-time to full-time, depending on funding and business needs.
Department
PPPL Office of the Director
Full-Time / Part-Time
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory

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