Associate Research Physicist

Princeton, NJ
Feb 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Princeton University

PPPL Plasma Science and Techno - 31004  

Position Summary
The successful candidate will perform experimental research on magnetic reconnection in partially ionized plasmas on FLARE (Facility on Laboratory Reconnection Experiments, The candidate will perform key experimental tasks to prepare FLARE towards a user facility: implementation of initial set of diagnostics, commission for research operation, initial experimental campaigns, and support of collaborative research including external users. Initial research may involve MRX (

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory seeks to fill an associate or staff research physicist position in Plasma Science & Technology Department. Working with other physicists, engineers, technicians, and graduate students, the candidate will perform experimental research on magnetic reconnection in partially ionized plasmas, and also lead experimental activity for the new FLARE (Facility for Laboratory Reconnection Experiments) project towards a user facility for experimental research on magnetic reconnection and related explosive phenomena. Close collaborations and interactions with physicists with a broad range of background are required. Candidates must have an extensive background in experimental physics, preferably plasma physics. The major responsibilities include performing experimental research on magnetic reconnection in partially ionized plasmas, implementing initial set of research diagnostics, commissioning the facility for research operation, performing experimental campaigns, supporting experiments led by others including external users, analyzing data, interpreting results, supervising junior physicists and graduate students, presenting and publishing results jointly with other researchers. Coordinating activity with other technical, engineering and administrative personnel is also essential.  

Essential Qualifications
Applicant should have a Ph.D. in plasma physics or related physics, with preference given to applicants with experience in plasma experiments and their diagnostics, data acquisition, data processing, and applications to heliophysics, astrophysics, and fusion plasmas.

Letters of reference should be mailed to Dr. Hantao Ji  

Preferred Qualifications

Directory Title
Job Function
Regular Professional Research  
RES 01  
Standard Hours
Not Applicable  
Full Time  
Actual Hours per Week, if casual hourly
Pay Rate, if Casual Hourly
Work Schedule, if other than standard hours
Eligible for Overtime
Benefits Eligible
Union Code
Not Applicable  
Education Required
Doctorate Degree  
Application Deadline
Open Until Filled or See Position Summary.
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EEO Statement
Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  


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