The Post-Doctoral Research Associate will be based at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UTK) and will involve collaborative research activities with the long-pulsed fusion experiment, WEST, in Cadarache, France. The position will require travelling internationally multiple times each year to coordinate experimental research efforts in France. The primary responsibilities will be to coordinate the collection of measurements from a suite of plasma diagnostics assessing the boundary plasma of WEST; to facilitate the integration of these measurements into theoretical and computational models being developed by UTK collaborators; and to utilize computational modeling tools available at UTK to interpret experiments on WEST.
The researcher should have experimental and/or computational modeling experience in plasma physics and/or fusion energy research. The researcher will be expected to interact with experimental, theoretical, and computational modelling groups at WEST to better utilize edge diagnostics to advance the understanding of plasma-material interactions and scrape-off layer impurity transport in WEST, with a particular emphasis on material migration and thin surface coating formation/evolution. The researcher will be expected to publish original research in refereed journals and present research at appropriate technical conferences on these topics. The researcher will be an active team member along with a faculty mentor and graduate students representing UTK at WEST and will have the opportunity to work closely with researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as well as researchers at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and others in the US and European PMI community.
Position requires a Ph.D. in the physical sciences (Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Astrophysical Sciences) or engineering (Mechanical, Aerospace, Nuclear, Electrical).
Experience in one or more of the following disciplines is also required: plasma-surface interactions, edge plasma diagnostics, plasma physics, material science.
Familiarity with laboratory equipment, programming languages, and data reduction and analysis must be demonstrated.
About University of Tennessee-Knoxville
The University of Tennessee Nuclear Engineering Department is part of the Tickle College of Engineering, which has the fastest growing PhD program among the Top 40 public colleges of engineering. The department has a diverse research portfolio and is the largest Nuclear Engineering PhD program in the United States with over 120 PhD students and over $12M in annual research expenditures. According to ASEE, it also has the second largest undergraduate program. In 2021, it will move into a new $129M building that will house 23 new nuclear engineering laboratories. UTK has close collaborations with ORNL and Y-12 and is located close to the beautiful Smoky Mountains. The Nuclear Engineering Department is committed to cultivating work/life balance and a family-friendly work environment for faculty, staff, and students.The University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. The University welcomes and honors people of all races, genders, creeds, cultures, and sexual orientations; and values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity.
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