Staff Research Physicist

New Jersey, United States
06 Mar 2020
End of advertisement period
06 May 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Department PPPL ITER and Tokamaks
Category Research and Laboratory
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time


The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory seeks to fill a research position at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego, CA. The successful candidate will develop a detailed understanding of the transport and stability effects of 3D magnetic fields in fusion plasmas and to use such understanding to optimize the performance of fusion plasmas in DIII-D and international tokamak experiments relevant to ITER and future reactors. The successful candidate will possess extensive understanding of magnetic field effects in fusion plasmas and demonstrate experience in the use of MHD models to plan and analyze experiments.


The candidate will analyze experimental data and use interpretive and predictive theoretical models to investigate 3D magnetic field effects in the DIII-D and international tokamaks to understand and optimize 3D magnetic field effects on MHD stability and transport.

A major responsibility of the candidate will be to maintain and employ state-of-the-art linear and nonlinear MHD models, and integrated transport modeling codes, to design 3D magnetic field experiments and analyze results on leading fusion facilities such as DIII-D (San Diego), KSTAR (S. Korea) and ASDEX-U (Germany).

The successful candidate is expected to work well in large national and international collaborative teams, and to demonstrate effectiveness in supporting and leading research. The candidate is also expected to work closely with theoretical physicists and advance fundamental understanding of the transport and stability effects of 3D magnetic fields.

Applicants should have a strong theoretical background in MHD stability, with strong computational and data analysis skills. The candidate will work in a highly collaborative environment and must be an effective communicator. The successful candidate will be based in San Diego and is expected to travel regularly to international experiments and to PPPL for joint experiments and data analysis, workshops and conferences.


Education and Experience:

The applicant should have a Ph.D. in plasma physics and at least two years of postdoctoral experience demonstrating outstanding experimental and analysis ability in MHD physics. Strong computational skills are essential. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in large research teams is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Strong understanding of MHD stability and the use of external magnetic fields to control transport and MHD stability of fusion plasmas. Demonstrated ability to design, execute and perform analysis of experimental data on magnetic confinement devices.

Certificates and Licenses:

Should have a Ph.D. in physics or related discipline.

Working Conditions:

The position will be located in San Diego at the DIII-D national fusion facility. The applicant will be expected to travel nationally and internationally to collaborate on fusion experiments.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.