Thomson Scattering Staff Research Physicist
Requisition # 2021-13350
Date Posted 10 hours ago(9/9/2021 2:49 PM)
PPPL - NSTX-U Recovery
Research and Laboratory
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
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.
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%.
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
Experience with MDSplus data acquisition software is desirable.
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