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Requisition # 2021-12439
Date Posted 3 days ago(2/24/2021 3:47 PM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world. Under the supervision of the Shop Supervisor and Lead, the Facilities Electrician will be responsible for performing routine building electrician tasks. Executing assigned work orders and following all PPPL policies and procedures. Supports construction, maintenance, and upgrade of facilities infrastructures and systems. The technician will coordinate with other groups within the Department and throughout the Laboratory to ensure long-term, safe, and efficient operation of equipment.
Department
PPPL Facilities
Job Type
Full-Time
Category
Facilities Management and Physical Plant
Requisition # 2021-12434
Date Posted 1 week ago(2/17/2021 2:02 PM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world. The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), operated by Princeton University, is seeking a customer-service oriented Staffing Specialist to oversee various staffing needs at PPPL, focused on peak staffing needs. This includes the temporary and subcontracting needs, as well as regular and term appointment staffing needs at PPPL. As the Staffing Specialist at PPPL, you will be responsible for fostering and maintaining relationships with external vendors, procurement contracts personnel, hiring and project managers, coordinating staffing needs including the procurement process, job posting, selection and orientation of temporary and contract staff. The Staffing Specialist will also assist in the process of hiring paid-interns, apprentices, and other student groups as needed. Reporting to the Executive Director of HR, the ideal candidate is a highly organized and possesses a professional customer-service approach to everyday interactions. As a member of a cross-functional HR team, the Staffing Specialist will partner with other members of the HR and Staffing team, and work collaboratively with all levels of management to fill urgent staffing needs, to seek and implement improvements, when identified.
Department
PPPL Human Resources
Job Type
Full-Time
Category
Human Resources
Requisition # 2021-12421
Date Posted 2 weeks ago(2/11/2021 4:46 PM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world. The successful candidate will join the administrative team for two PPPL departments involved in advanced physics and engineering research, and now experiencing rapid growth in staff and scope. Both are at the center of extensive networks of partnerships, both domestic and international. The administrative team provide a key interface with partner organizations, particularly their document management systems. As the first stop in the on-boarding process for new staff and external partners, staff play a crucial role in making a lasting positive impression of PPPL.
Department
PPPL ITER Projects
Job Type
Full-Time
Category
Administrative Support
Requisition # 2021-12413
Date Posted 3 weeks ago(2/8/2021 5:34 PM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world. Under the direction of a supervisor, provides specialized security, fire protection, emergency medical care, and other protective services. Performs investigations and documents the results. Responsibilities of this position occur in all weather conditions and potential hazardous environments created by emergency situations. During emergency events, may be required to assume a position in the Incident Command System. Must maintain personal physical standards required to meet the potentially rigorous challenges of this position.
Department
PPPL ES&H
Job Type
Full-Time
Category
Public Safety, Security, and Emergency Services
Requisition # 2021-12382
Date Posted 4 weeks ago(2/1/2021 11:49 AM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world.PPPL’s Instrumentation & Control group is a multidisciplinary team that conceptualizes, creates and maintains systems and components used by experiments throughout the world. We specialize in electronics, software, real-time control, process control and the application of technologies fundamental to the operation of nuclear fusion experiments. We develop and utilize the technologies necessary to provide control of the processes seen in the sun and stars, here on earth.
Department
PPPL Engineering and Infrastrc
Job Type
Full-Time
Category
Engineering
Requisition # 2021-12326
Date Posted 1 month ago(1/22/2021 5:48 PM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world. We are looking for a Software Engineer to work on tokamak simulators based on the equilibrium and transport solver TRANSP. TRANSP is used worldwide for the analysis and modeling of tokamak plasma discharges, for planning experimental campaigns, and for designing future fusion devices. The TRANSP development team neeeds the junior developer to assist with the modernization and modularization of the code base towards the development of the simulator platform.  
Department
PPPL Computational Science
Job Type
Full-Time
Category
Engineering
Requisition # 2021-12325
Date Posted 1 month ago(1/22/2021 5:48 PM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world. We are seeking a Computational Scientist or Software Engineer to work on our TRANSP Development team to work on an exciting project developing tokamak simulators based on the equilibrium and transport solver TRANSP. TRANSP is used worldwide for the analysis and modeling of tokamak plasma discharges, for planning experimental campaigns, and for designing future fusion devices. This position will work on the modernization, modularization, and maintenance of the code base.
Department
PPPL Computational Science
Job Type
Full-Time
Category
Engineering
Requisition # 2021-12323
Date Posted 1 month ago(1/14/2021 11:39 AM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world. The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) seeks outstanding candidates for a position in the Princeton Center for Heliophysics (https://heliophysics.princeton.edu). The successful candidate will play a leading role in the development and application of multi-fluid global simulation codes for modeling planets in the heliosphere and exoplanets. In addition, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to conduct research and collaborate with associated research programs at PPPL including fusion theory and experiments, high-energy-density physics, and reconnection physics on the FLARE facility.
Department
PPPL Theory
Job Type
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2021-12313
Date Posted 1 month ago(1/13/2021 1:46 PM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world. The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) seeks to fill a post-doctoral research physicist position to study transport physics in high beta tokamak plasmas, including NSTX-U and possibly other tokamaks. 
Department
PPPL NSTX
Job Type
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2020-11738
Date Posted 2 months ago(1/7/2021 12:41 PM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world. 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. International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Diagnostic Team Lead and the PPPL ITER Projects Head. Reporting to the PPPL Deputy Director for Operations and US ITER Technical Systems Division Director, 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.
Department
PPPL ITER Projects
Job Type
Full-Time
Category
Engineering
Requisition # 2021-12290
Date Posted 2 months ago(1/4/2021 6:27 PM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world. The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) at Princeton University is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral research position in multiscale, computational plasma physics. Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on satisfactory performance, for a total of up to three years. The successful candidate will develop novel plasma simulation methods and codes, with applications to problems in one or more of the following areas: the plasma astrophysics of black holes and neutron stars; whole-device modeling of experiments such as tokamaks or stellarators; or interactions of low-temperature plasmas with materials in the context of plasma-based nanofabrication. A strong background in plasma physics, computational science and parallel computing is preferred. The successful candidate will have access to outstanding computational facilities and opportunities for collaboration. The expected starting date is June 15, 2021, but earlier or later is possible.
Department
PPPL Office of the Director
Job Type
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2020-12281
Date Posted 2 months ago(12/22/2020 3:20 PM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world. The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is embarking on a period of unprecedented strategic growth. This is an exceptional opportunity for a highly experienced professional subject matter expert to lead a revitalization of the PPPL’s work planning and control program and to assure its continual improvement. The program will see that all work is performed safely, securely, in an environmentally responsible manner, and meets quality objectives for performance.
Department
PPPL ES&H
Job Type
Full-Time
Category
Environment and Sustainability
Requisition # 2020-12117
Date Posted 4 months ago(11/12/2020 4:13 PM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world. The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is seeking a highly motivated scientist with a strong computational and applied math background in order to accelerate the radio-frequency (RF) wave field solver with artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) technology. Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory. The RF wave heating, a major tool to heat plasmas and to maintain fusion reactions, injects high frequency RF waves using geometrically complicated antenna closely located to the plasma, and waves are absorbed by plasma through linear and non-linear processes. Computing the RF wave field in hot plasma requires solving the large scale Vlasov-Maxwell type equation defined in 3D. Accelerating such simulation codes with modern hardware and algorithms are crucial to extend our simulation capability to up-coming fusion reactors such as ITER and to utilize it on interpreting the experimental data from existing fusion devices. The successful candidate is expected to work with AI/ML engineers and ASCR scientists at BNL and LLNL, and will be responsible for adopting AI/ML algorithms to generate a matrix preconditioner for the RF propagation problem. This problem is expressed as an indefinite Maxwell type partial differential equation (PDE) and its discretized linear system depends on the target plasma parameter profiles. The candidate will work on our Petra-M finite element analysis platform to create the training data set (pairs of linear system and solutions), develop DNN models to generate pre-conditioner to solve the PDE for new profiles, and test its efficiency. Close communication with RF SciDAC plasma physicists is anticipated in order to verify and apply the developed algorithms to a wide range of RF heating experiments.
Department
PPPL Plasma Science and Techno
Job Type
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2019-11097
Date Posted 4 months ago(11/10/2020 9:51 AM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world. The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) seeks a highly motivated and organized, post doc level Associate Research Physicist that is focused in space plasma or plasma physics. The Associate Research Physicist will be expected to perform postdoctoral fellow's duties, including:- The publication of original research- Attending conferences and workshops- Support of PPPL research projects.
Department
PPPL Plasma Science and Techno
Job Type
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2020-12106
Date Posted 4 months ago(11/9/2020 1:19 PM)
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. The Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Engineering is responsible for leading a diverse organization of ~200 staff that partners with cutting-edge engineering teams for science, research and technology advancements to ensure the success of the Laboratory’s mission, programs and institutional goals. The ALD has Lab-wide responsibility for providing leadership, stewardship, and strategic vision to develop a strong, best-in-class engineering programs. These programs include:- Systems and components engineering, both large and small scale- Computational code development and simulation, - Engineering design and requirements, - Specialty manufacturing, - Prototyping and assembly, - Experiment execution, - Operation of critical engineering facilities. The ALD is responsible for safe, reliable, and rigorous design, construction, operation, and periodic enhancement/upgrading of major scientific user facilities, as well as the definition, design, construction, and potential citing of major future (fusion) facilities. The successful candidate will seek to both partner with industry and enhance the laboratory’s synergies with Princeton University. This position oversees and directs the following key areas for the lab:- Engineering research, development, delivery, and - Implementation activities in computational engineering and modeling, nanotechnology, - Advanced plasma diagnostics, - Systems engineering, - Advanced instrumentation, - Mechatronics, advanced structures and materials, and - Pulsed and radio frequency power systems.  The ALD will ensure that the ties between research projects and their engineering planning and delivery are strong and trusted.  The ALD is also responsible for strategic planning, the responsible management of people and facilities, research quality and integrity, and the communication of engineering-based outcomes and deliverables.  In addition, this position must act as a liaison to external agencies and other national laboratories, promoting partnerships with academia, research institutions, and industry, as well as guiding the development of externally sponsored projects and programs consistent with the Laboratory’s overall vision and strategy.  The ALD is a direct report to the Laboratory Director and a member of the Laboratory Leadership Council which is the Laboratory’s executive leadership team. It is expected that the Associate Lab Director will provide advice, counsel, and insight to the Laboratory Director, Deputy Directors, and CFO on the formulation and execution of the Laboratory’s strategic priorities and initiatives. 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
Job Type
Full-Time
Category
Engineering
Requisition # 2020-12077
Date Posted 4 months ago(10/22/2020 12:40 PM)
PPPL is seeking a Senior Project Manager (TERM) who has successfully managed the implementation of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation project in the size and complexity of PPPL.  The Senior Project Manager will be responsible for leading teams to deliver a new business system implementation at PPPL, a Department of Energy National Laboratory.  Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, who is a member of the Senior Laboratory Leadership Directorate, the Senior Project Manager will engage with the implementation team, including the Functional Team Lead and Project Manager, Technical Team Lead and other business system analysts, IT associates, Department of Energy (DOE) and other key stakeholders, the ERP steering committee, the change control board, and our implementation partner. The Senior Project Manager will manage scope, resources, schedules, financials, and adhere to quality and control guidelines throughout the full system deployment life cycle. The technical scope of the project includes implementing modules to cover the following: General Ledger, Accounts Payable/Receivable, Budget, Purchasing/Vendors, Assets, and Projects, as well as interfacing with other PPPL systems (i.e., Maximo, Concur), DOE systems (STARS), Princeton University systems (Prime) and other key components.  This includes managing issues, risks, and project change requests - to ensure successful and on-time project delivery.
Department
PPPL Business Operations
Job Type
Full-Time
Category
Information Technology
Requisition # 2020-12058
Date Posted 4 months ago(10/14/2020 9:44 AM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world. This job involves the design, fabrication, and installation of scientific instrumentation on the flagship PPPL experiment.
Department
PPPL Engineering and Infrastrc
Job Type
Full-Time
Category
Engineering
Requisition # 2020-12057
Date Posted 5 months ago(10/12/2020 6:22 PM)
Funded by a new Department of Energy FES initiative on Scientific Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for Fusion Energy Sciences, the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is seeking a research associate to develop machine learning algorithms for controlled nuclear fusion. PPPL is a world leading Department of Energy plasma physics laboratory focusing on fusion energy research and is managed by Princeton University. This is a multi-institutional project with components from PPPL, Princeton University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Wisconsin, and SLAC. Machine learning is expected to play an integral role in plasma control systems in order to achieve stable plasma burn for fusion energy. This project will span the application of machine learning methods to real-time diagnostic analysis, predictive modeling of the evolution of the tokamak system, and development of machine learning control approaches, e.g., reinforcement learning. The successful candidate will work with the multi-institutional team to develop reduced/accelerated models of plasma behavior and approaches to manipulate available actuators to optimize experiment performance. The appointment will be based in Princeton, but experimental testing of algorithms is planned for the DIII-D tokamak in San Diego.
Department
PPPL Office of the Director
Job Type
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2020-11713
Date Posted 10 months 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. The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world.
Department
PPPL Theory
Job Type
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory
Requisition # 2020-11636
Date Posted 11 months ago(3/17/2020 10:37 AM)
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory seeks a full-time applied mathematician/physicist at the rank of a Staff Research Physicist, focusing on multi-scale time-integration and implicit electromagnetic simulation algorithm. This will be a collaborative activity in the Exascale Computing Project (ECP) and the SCIDAC projects.  The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world.
Department
PPPL Theory
Job Type
Full-Time
Category
Research and Laboratory

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