Associate Research Physicist- Computational Fusion Physics
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL)
Location: Princeton, New Jersey
Preferred Education: Doctorate
Government and National Lab
Internal Number: -
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.
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has postdoctoral positions open in the area of computational plasma physics, to play key roles in the development and application of the Gkeyll code for fusion energy applications. Gkeyll uses advanced discontinuous Galerkin algorithms to simulate plasmas with various levels of fidelity, including gyrokinetic simulations of plasma turbulence, which is important for determining the performance of a fusion power plant. We seek energetic applicants who want to be at the forefront of high-performance computing with applications to fusion energy. These positions will support work for a Laboratory Directed R&D project, a DOE Distinguished Scientist Award, and a DOE Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) project.
Successful applicants will contribute to PPPL's mission by helping develop comprehensive computer simulations of turbulence in fusion devices, applying these simulations to understand present fusion experiments and predicting the performance of future fusion devices.
Successful applicants will work closely with the Gkeyll team to add new physics capabilities for modeling tokamaks and other fusion devices. This will involve extensive coding in C/C++ and higher-level scripting languages and optimization on parallel supercomputers. The mix of other duties will depend some on the candidates chosen, but will include some work on applying the code to understand physics trends and compare with experiments. It will also involve theoretical work, in formulating equations for new physical effects to add to the code, such as interaction with the magnetic equilibrium and with lithium walls, and in analysis to understand the resulting turbulence simulations.
Education and Experience:
Ph.D. in plasma physics, astrophysics, applied mathematics, or a closely related discipline.
Extensive experience with software development and modern software practices is required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of plasma physics and/or fluid dynamics and electrodynamics at the graduate level are required.
Experience with C/C++, parallel programming, and knowledge of fusion experimental results are a plus.
English communication and writing skills are required and so is being able to work in a dynamic and a fast moving team.
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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