Physics: Fluid Mechanics and Dynamics, Physics: Nuclear, Physics: Plasma
Renaissance Fusion is looking for talented theoretical, computational and experimental physicists to design and build a high-field stellarator and thus fulfill its mission of bringing fusion electricity to the grid within 11 years. The stellarator will deploy High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) magnets manufactured with an innovative technique and will be inner-coated with a flowing liquid metal wall that will shield the neutrons and extract the heat. The realization of such project will require a wide range of skills, from chemical vapor deposition to the magnetohydrodynamics of plasmas and liquid metals, to the mathematical and algorithmic aspects of plasma shape and coil shape optimization, to innovative engineering designs capable of withstanding the high forces associated with the strong magnetic fields, to plasma theory and modeling.
We have 2immediate openings for physicists (one computational, one experimental - details below), as well as 3 immediate openings for engineers (details at https://stellarator.energy/jobs)andexpect to advertise at least 5 additional positions for physicists, engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists in the near future.In addition, we welcome unsolicited messages to https://stellarator.energy/contact-usand look forward to building a world-class talent pool in view of future openings. For instance, very soon we will look for versatile theoretical plasma physicists to model the heating, transport, fast-particle confinement, equilibrium and stability of our stellarator plasma, as well as the experimental physicists who will develop innovative film-deposition techniques, build and test ultra-strong HTS magnets for fusion, medical imaging and other applications, and expand our liquid metal portfolio.
Coil Optimization Physicist
The Coil Optimization Physicist will calculate the coil geometry for our stellarator, and develop the computational framework that optimizes coil geometry, subject to the constraints imposed by our coil manufacturing process. The candidate will interact with engineers to understand these constraints, and with equilibrium and transport physicists to implement combined plasma and coil optimization.
Design the stellarator coils, in a computational framework flexible w.r.t. magnetic geometries and coil winding surfaces, taking into account specificproperties of our proprietary HTS fabrication process.
Develop and implement a combined plasma and coil optimization, taking into account transport, equilibrium and plasma properties.
Assist as needed on the coil design for non-fusion spin-offs.
PhD in physics, mathematics or mathematical physics (preferably plasma physics).
Excellent programming skills in modern programming languages (Python, C++).
Experience with modern coding practices; continuous integration, version control (git).
Excellent mathematical skills and experience developing novel algorithms.
Liquid Metal Experimentalist
Here we are looking for a talented physicist, engineer or material-scientist to experimentally realizefree-surface liquid metal flowsexhibiting anunprecedentedcombination of characteristics: stable or stabilized, gravity-defying, neutron-shielding. This will include the production of innovative alloys and components such as special pumps for in-house experiments and, eventually, production and sales.
Develop low-melting alloys with specific melting point, density, viscosity, thermal, electrical and corrosion properties.
Build pumps, substrates and other parts for ducted and free-surface liquid metal experiments.
Prepare, conduct and analyze reduced-scale self-similar tests, and eventually full-scale demonstrations of gravity-defying, thick liquid metal flows in realistic geometries. This applies also to the solid substrate and to solid parts suspended in the liquid.
Identify non-fusion applications of liquid metal products and technologies.
PhD degree -or comparable level of experience- in physics, engineering, materials science or related field.
2 or more years of experimental research in one or more of the following topics: fluid dynamics, electrical engineering, metallurgy, controls.
6 months or more of experience in Computer Aided Design (CAD).
Very good understanding of electromagnetism and fluid dynamics.
We aim at filling these positions and having you hit the ground running a.s.a.p., ideally in April or May 2021. To apply, please upload your CV and a sample of your work (key publications, presentations, theses, dissertations, reports etc.) on our websitehttps://stellarator.energy/jobs .
About Renaissance Fusion
Renaissance Fusion is the first Magnetic Confinement Fusion company in the EU, with the goal of solving the hardest and most rewarding energy problem: bringing fusion power to the grid. We are building the first net-energy producing stellarator by combining proprietary innovations in modular design, the manufacturing of next-generation High-Temperature Superconducting magnets, and liquid metal walls. We are forming a team of the brightest, most driven scientists and engineers to realize this mission within 11 years. Our team is young, agile, international and based in the exciting city of Grenoble, by the French Alps.
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