Research Engineer

New Jersey, United States
14 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
14 Feb 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Part Time

Department   PPPL Plasma Science and Techno
Category   Research and Laboratory
Full-Time / Part-Time   Part-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.

Conduct the above listed activities as a part of independent evaluation of user projects submitted to the Princeton Collaborative Low Temperature Plasma Research Facility (PCRF – supported by the US Department of Energy (DOE), existing projects on plasma decontamination of surfaces, and related projects with industry.


  • Work independently on the design and manufacturing of new atmospheric pressure plasma sources for bio/agro/medical and environmental applications.
  • Adapt, modify and apply standard spectroscopic techniques including optical emission spectroscopy, absorption spectroscopy and fast imaging for characterization of atmospheric pressure plasmas for biological (bio)/agriculture (agro)/medical and environmental applications.
  • Participate in projects involving experimental investigations of cold plasma sources for bio/agro/medical and environmental applications.


Education and Experience: 

  • At least a Masters’ degree in physics or related disciplines.
  • Experience in low-temperature plasma experiments with atmospheric pressure plasma sources, and optical diagnostics including optical emission spectroscopy, absorption spectroscopy, and fast imaging.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Basic knowledge in low temperature plasmas is highly desirable.
  • Practical skills in optical plasma diagnostic methods including optical emission spectroscopy, absorption spectroscopy, imaging such iCCD and fast frame cameras with applications to low temperature plasmas are required.
  • Practical skills in work with nanosecond pulsed power supplies and monitoring (e.g. high frequency current monitors, oscilloscope), and data acquisition systems.
  • Ability to work simultaneously on several different projects as a part of a team of researchers, students and technicians, and with users of the PCRF is required.
  • Ability to design and build atmospheric pressure plasma sources for bio/agro/med and environmental applications is required.
    Be able to conduct low temperature plasma experiments with little supervision.

Working Conditions: 

  • On site work, flexible hours.

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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