The University of Maryland College Park is seeking a postdoctoral researcher as part of a new multi-institution initiative `Hidden symmetries and fusion energy’ funded by the Simons Foundation. The goal of the initiative is to build a mathematical and computational foundation for the design of stellarators for magnetic plasma confinement. Our multidisciplinary team includes experts in physics, mathematics, and computer science, specializing in areas such as magnetic field line flow, particle confinement, magnetohydrodynamics, multi-objective stochastic optimization, and scientific computing. The role of the Maryland postdoc in this project will be to develop computational tools for optimizing magnetic field and coil shaping to achieve particle confinement, maximizing integrability and quasisymmetry.
Other institutions in our Simons team (Princeton, Warwick, and NYU-Courant) are seeking postdoctoral researchers to work on other elements of this initiative. Different responsibilities, requirements, and deadlines apply for these positions; consult the relevant institution for details.
Applicants for the Maryland position should have a PhD in physics or a related area. Candidates will be expected to be proficient with analytic methods as well as able to program in Fortran and/or C. Previous experience with stellarators is not essential. The start date is negotiable. The position is funded for 2 years, and salary will be commensurate with experience. The position would be based in the University of Maryland’s Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP). Contact Matt Landreman (email@example.com) to submit your application or with any questions.
1-3 page cover letter, describing your previous research, future research goals and career plans, and interest in the Simons project. Please comment on your experience with both analytic methods and scientific computing.
Two letters of recommendation, including contact information.
CV, including complete list of publications. If you have not yet defended your PhD, please give your expected defense date.
Applications should be submitted by the end of September 1, 2018. Applications will be reviewed continuously during the announcement period, and an interviewee might be appointed before the application deadline.
The Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP) at the University of Maryland - College Park is a joint institute of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences and the A. James Clark School of Engineering. The mission of IREAP is to advance modern science through research and educational programs that are interdisciplinary between physical science and engineering. The flow of knowledge between basic science and engineering at IREAP is bidirectional: applying basic science skills to problems of practical importance and engineering skills to aid in fundamental scientific investigations, with an emphasis on diversity, quality, and excellence. IREAP is recognized internationally as a leading university research center and conducts experimental and theoretical research in many areas; e.g., high-temperature plasma physics, plasma spectroscopy, microwave electronics, high-brightness charged particle beams, laser-plasma interactions, nonlinear dynamics, biophysics, ion beam microfabrication techniques, nanoscience, and nanotechnology.
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