Stellarator Optimization Scientist

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

Department PPPL Advanced Projects
Category Research and Laboratory
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time


This position will support a Laboratory strategic initiative to develop stellarator pilot plant designs. The stellarator is an attractive approach for a fusion pilot plant due to steady-state operation, low recirculating power, and being free of current-driven disruptions. Recent advances in stellarator physics and engineering have created opportunities to investigate new stellarator configurations (coils and plasmas) that are optimized to satisfy attractiveness criteria such as good energetic particle confinement, reduced turbulent transport, self-consistent divertor operation, simpler coil geometries, and efficient maintenance. New concepts like using permanent magnets for 3D shaping provide unique solutions that need further exploration.


The main job functions are:

  • Code development and maintenance of the STELLOPT suite of codes.
  • Exploration of new concepts and designs for optimized stellarators.

Development, using STELLOPT and other physics analysis tools, of improved stellarator plasma and coil configurations targeting mission goals subject to constraints for near-term permanent magnet stellarators and long-term pilot plant embodiments.


Education and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in plasma physics or related disciplines and 2 years post-doctoral experience.
  • Professional experience in developing and using stellarator optimization codes, like STELLOPT and others

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Fluency in modern programming (FORTRAN, Python, etc.) and the ability to work with large scale computational tools.

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.