Associate Research Physicist

New Jersey, United States
15 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Jan 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Department   PPPL Office of the Director
Category   Research and Laboratory
Full-Time / Part-Time   Full-Time


The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world.

This position is to develop and apply molecular dynamics (MD) and other atomistic simulations to various problems in low temperature plasma-surface interactions in plasma materials processing. A significant part of the activities will involve working closely with experimentalists to interpret laboratory measurements, including interactions with collaborators in industry.


The candidate will carry out research on:

  • The development of atomistic simulation methods to understand the coupled chemical, physical and materials aspects of low temperature plasma-surface interactions.
  • The application of the developed methods to low temperature plasma-surface interactions in integrated circuit manufacturing and the fabrication of materials associated with quantum devices. 
  • The interpretation of the computational results in terms of associated experimental studies.


Education and Experience: 

  • PhD in plasma science, engineering, or closely related field

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Experience in atomistic simulations, and especially molecular dynamics

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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