Associate Research Physicist

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New Jersey, United States
Thursday, 26 December 2019
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 26 February 2020
- Experimental
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

We are seeking a candidate to fill a postdoctoral position in the field of materials processing and synthesis by plasma-based techniques. The goal of the project is to develop and apply advanced plasma and ion sources for materials processing at atomic scale (e.g. atomic layer deposition and etching), and synthesis and functionalization of nanomaterials. While a significant portion of these activities will be on the development and characterization of these plasma sources and their applications for materials processing and synthesis, we are looking for a candidate who will also participate in the development and use of advanced laser-based diagnostics for characterization of chemically-reactive plasmas and plasma-material interactions, and processes at plasma-facing surfaces. This program takes advantage of plasma and laser facilities and associated passive and active spectroscopic and imaging diagnostics available at PPPL, and materials characterization facilities at the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM) of the Princeton University.


This postdoctoral position is an excellent opportunity to learn and perform cutting-edge interdisciplinary research in plasma science, materials processing and synthesis science, and in situ diagnostics of plasma and materials processes within the stimulating multidisciplinary environment at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. The candidate will join the research team comprising experts in experimental and theoretical plasma physics and collaborative materials scientists from the Princeton University, students and technical personal. It is anticipated that the candidate will establish and maintain a close scientific collaboration with the team members.

The candidate will carry out research on 1) the development of advanced plasma and ion sources (e.g. magnetically-controlled plasmas) for selective materials processing, 2) characterization of the generated plasma and gas species using advanced optical plasma diagnostics, 3) the development and application of in situ diagnostics of processes at the plasma facing surface, 4) ex-situ evaluation of materials and thin films produced in plasma reactors.


This position requires a Ph.D. in plasma physics or materials science or related fields. We are looking for an experienced individual with a broad interdisciplinary knowledge in plasma physics and materials sciences, and practical experience in:

  • The development and application of plasma and ion sources and plasma diagnostics including laser-based diagnostic techniques.
  • Plasma processing such as atomic layer deposition and etching.
  • Synthesis and processing of nanomaterials by plasmas.
  • Ex-situ materials characterization diagnostics.
  • Knowledge of MatLab and LabVIEW is a plus. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required, and presentations and publication of scientific results in peer-reviewed journals are expected. The applicant must have the ability to work in a team and interact effectively with a broad range of colleagues.

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