The Institute for Fusion Studies (IFS) in the Physics Department at The University of Texas at Austin is seeking a postdoctoral researcher in the field of plasma physics to conduct experimental research in tokamaks. The successful candidate will be largely expected to work on design and development of electron cyclotron emission (ECE) diagnostics on domestic and international tokamaks (50%). One area of interest is development of the ITER ECE diagnostics (20%). The postdoc would be responsible for conducting and analyzing experiments under direction of lead experimentalists and for disseminating, presenting and reporting research results, as well as publishing scientific results in peer-reviewed journals and at scientific meetings (30%). The postdoc will be encouraged and supported in developing new research and funding opportunities.
The IFS research contributes to the understanding of plasma phenomena important to fusion. All of these will be done in collaboration with experimental and theoretical researchers at IFS and with scientists at the host facilities such as DIII-D and EAST.
The primary location for this position is Austin, TX although the IFS conducts experimental research at both DIII-D and EAST. In addition to the experimental staff, the IFS is currently staffed with theory experts in MHD, computational physics, and gyrokinetic simulations who emphasize theory-experiment comparison. Thus, there are opportunities for collaboration both in sophisticated analysis of experimental results and in development of experiments to challenge contemporary theory. Visits to the collaborating tokamak facilities to install diagnostics or conduct experiments are envisioned for this position.
Additional Salary Information: Candidates must have a PhD in plasma physics or allied fields, within 3 years of the start date; having an experimental background is an advantage. It would be desirable for the candidate to have experience in magnetic confinement fusion, with emphasis on transport and turbulence in tokamaks, as well as knowledge in turbulent/transport simulation suites such as TRANSP and TGLF. The position is for one year with a possibility for extension based on performance and funding availability.
This position is supported by U.S. Department of Energy.
Internal Number: Postdoc 2021-06
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