Thomson Scattering Staff Research Physicist

Princeton University

United States

October 10, 2021

Description

Thomson Scattering Staff Research Physicist

Requisition # 2021-13350

Date Posted 10 hours ago(9/9/2021 2:49 PM)

Department

 PPPL - NSTX-U Recovery

Category

 Research and Laboratory

Job Type

 Full-Time
Overview

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) seeks to fill a staff research physicist position to be responsible for the NSTX-U Multi-Pulse Thomson Scattering (MPTS) diagnostic and to play a lead role in the NSTX-U research program. The MPTS diagnostic measures the radial profiles and time evolution of the plasma electron temperature and electron density. The data are utilized in post-shot physics analysis and will be used during the shot for real-time plasma control in the future. The MPTS measurements are integral to the NSTX-U research program and play an important role in all experiments. MPTS data are particularly important for studies of thermal and particle transport, understanding plasma equilibria, and for development of high- performance plasma scenario studies.

The successful candidate will work with a laser-optical engineer to maintain, calibrate, and operate the MPTS diagnostic hardware and analysis software, and to perform upgrades of the system. (S)he will have the ability and willingness to work with a large team of technical individuals, including fellow researchers, engineers, and technicians. (S)he will support the operation of the NSTX-U device and support experimental planning and execution. In particular, the successful candidate would be involved heavily in the confinement and transport studies in NSTX-U, using and coordinating the use of the TRANSP code for both data interpretation and predictive simulations.

It is expected that the successful candidate will develop and plan experiments, analyze the data collected, and publish the results. The candidate will work with the larger team to identify specific research activities and topics. The position is a 6 year term RM2 position with possibility of a promotion to a permanent RM3 position.

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.

Responsibilities
  • Maintain, calibrate, and upgrade the MPTS diagnostic on NSTX-U (with help from PPPL engineering): 30%.
  • Develop and plan experiments, analyze the data collected, and publish the results. Utilize the TRANSP code in support of NSTX-U experiments: 70%.
  • Qualifications

    Education and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in plasma physics or a similar field.
  • Experience with Thomson Scattering diagnostics or other laser-based plasma diagnostics is required.
  • A strong record of published experimental plasma research is required.
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience with high-power lasers, electro-optical systems, analog electronics, and data acquisition systems.
  • Experience in scientific programming in languages such as MATLAB, IDL or Python.
  • Experience with MDSplus data acquisition software is desirable.
  • 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.

    Standard Weekly Hours

    40.00

    Eligible for Overtime

    No

    Benefits Eligible

    Yes

    Probationary Period

    180 days

    Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)

    No

    Physical Capacity Exam Required

    No

    Valid Driver's License Required

    No

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