Associate Research Physicist, Stellarator Theory

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

Department   PPPL Theory
Category   Research and Laboratory
Full-Time / Part-Time   Full-Time


To investigate the non-linear MHD stability of stellarators as a function on boundary shape using analytic theory and numerical modeling with the goal of identifying attractive nonlinearly stable MHD equilibria for future stellarator designs.


Develop new reduced models based on the theoretical analyses and numerical calculation of 3D MHD equilibrium and stability for the non-linear MHD stability in 3D magnetic geometries (stellarators). Verify these models and their range of validity against non-linear stability codes, such as M3D-C1. Use these models to simplify stellarator geometry where possible. The successful applicant will be able to assimilate the information from full 3D MHD stability and employ this information to develop improved stellarator designs.


Education and Experience: 

  • A Ph.D. in theoretical plasma physics with specialization in MHD equilibrium and stability, strong analytical skills and numerical experience with relevant the stellarator codes are essential.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Knowledge of 3D ideal MHD equilibrium calculations, linear ideal and resistive stability, multi-region relaxed MHD (MRxMHD), and initial value extended MHD is required. Strong analytic skills are essential, as is the ability to work with 3D stability and equilibrium codes such as VMEC, SPEC, and M3D-C1. The ability to assimilate information from codes that permit the formation of islands in the equilibrium is especially important. The applicant should have a strong interest in participating in the design of the next generation of stellarators.

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.

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