Plasma Physics - Postdoctoral Researcher
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 08/09/2023
Job Code: PDS.1 Post-Dr Research Staff 1
Organization: Physical and Life Sciences
Position Type: Post Doctoral
Security Clearance: None/Position does not require US citizenship (assignments longer than 179 days require a federal background investigation)
Drug Test: Required for external applicant(s) selected for this position (includes testing for use of marijuana)
Medical Exam: Not applicable
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We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to perform theoretical and computational research in the field of plasma physics with an emphasis on particle-in-cell (PIC) and fluid modeling of high energy density (HED) plasmas relevant to inertial confinement fusion (ICF) experiments. Your responsibilities will include the development of new theoretical models and numerical simulation capabilities and the application of these capabilities to study burning plasmas. The work will be performed within the LLNL Fusion Energy Sciences Program’s (FESP) Theory and Computation group, within the Physics Division.
- Conduct research to develop new algorithms and techniques for PIC/fluid simulations of burning ICF plasmas.
- Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design, and execution of research to address defined problems.
- Develop, implement, and apply numerical simulation techniques to advance existing kinetic and/or fluid modeling codes.
- Collaborate with others in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
- Maintain an awareness of technical literature in assigned areas.
- Pursue independent (complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
- Organize, analyze, and present data from research.
- Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific journals and present results at conferences, workshops, seminars and/or technical meetings.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- PhD in Plasma Physics or related discipline.
- Experience developing theoretical and computational models of physical systems involving plasmas and/or fluid dynamics.
- Experience implementing and applying computational models to such physical systems and analyzing and interpreting the results of the models.
- Ability to develop independent research projects as demonstrated through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment and present and explain technical information.
Qualifications We Desire
- Programming proficiency in C++, Fortran, Python and/or other scripting languages.
- Experience working with high-performance computing and/or GPU-based programming.
- Familiarity with standard coding practices (e.g., Git, CI, Unit testing).
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.
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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- Relocation Assistance
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