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Experimental Plasma Physics - Postdoctoral Researcher

Entry Level | Full-time
Postdoctoral/Fellowship | princeton, NJ | 03/14/2023

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Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.


$108,840 Annually

Job Description

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Staff Member in the field of edge plasma physics for magnetic fusion devices. You will apply expertise in experimental plasma physics in collaboration with experimental teams to understand problems in edge plasmas of spherical tokamaks. The research aims to advance edge plasma transport and plasma-surface interaction physics in the Mega-Ampere Spherical Tokamak Upgrade in Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in Culham, the UK, through a combination of new experiments, analysis of existing diagnostic measurements, developing new diagnostics and comparisons with numerical simulations. The selected candidate’s specific responsibilities will include the operation of existing edge diagnostics and physics data analysis. Occasional travel to Culham, the UK will be required. This position is in the Spherical Tokamak Boundary Physics group, Fusion Energy Sciences Program of the Physics Division. The primary work location will be at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in Princeton, New Jersey.

In this role you will

  • Conduct research in the area of edge plasma and plasma-surface interaction physics.
  • Operate and interpret edge plasma diagnostics.
  • Work as a team member to compare experimental data and simulation results, provide validated physics understanding.
  • Document and publish research results in peer reviewed scientific or technical journals and present results at external conferences, seminars and/or technical meetings.
  • Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally.
  • Perform all assignments in accordance with ES&H, security, and business practice requirements and policies.


  • PhD in plasma physics or related field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic plasma physics.
  • Experience in experimental measurements in plasma devices.
  • Documented publication record in peer reviewed literature and experience presenting research results to a large audience.
  • Experience carrying out independent research.
  • Demonstrated fundamental verbal and written communication skills necessary to work in a multidisciplinary team environment, author technical and scientific reports and publications, and deliver scientific presentations.
  • Experience working independently and in a team environment to achieve program goals in a timely fashion.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Knowledge of edge plasmas in fusion devices.
  • Knowledge of tokamak operation and interpretation of experimental data; experience with data analysis programming languages, such as Python and IDL.
  • Familiarity with edge plasma diagnostic techniques and atomic physics.
  • Experience with scientific framing cameras and spectrometers.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.




Position Information

This is a Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years, open to those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.

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