Associate Research Physicist

New Jersey, United States
11 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
11 Aug 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

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


PPPL has a temporary (summer) postdoctoral position open in the area of computational plasma physics, in particular to help develop and port the Gkeyll code, which is used for kinetic plasma simulations, for fusion energy research, and for other plasma applications. We seek an energetic applicant who has experience at the forefront of high-performance computing. This work will support a DOE Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) project and other PPPL projects.


The successful applicant will work closely with the Gkeyll team to help port the code to GPU architectures, support code development and optimization, and help document the code and physics results from the code. The applicant will carry out simulations with the code on high performance computing clusters.


  • Applicant should have a Ph.D. in plasma physics.
  • Applicants should have at least 3 years of experience with advanced scientific computing hardware and software tools, including C++, Lua, Python, parallel computing, and GPUs
  • Knowledge of advanced plasma kinetic theory, discontinuous Galerkin methods and other advanced algorithms is required.
  • Applicants should have experience with kinetic plasma solvers and with the Gkeyll code.
  • Ability to work in a team is a must. 
  • English communication and writing skills are required.

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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