Stellarator Optimization Scientist

Princeton, NJ
Mar 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Princeton University

PPPL Advanced Projects - 31002

Position Summary
This position will support a Laboratory strategic initiative to develop the next generation of quasi-symmetric (QS) stellarator designs. Advances in stellarator physics and engineering over the past few years have created opportunities to make substantial improvements in the reactor potential of quasi-symmetric stellarators. To capitalize on these advances and assess their potential requires the development of new stellarator configuration designs (coils and plasma) that are optimized to satisfy attractiveness criteria such reduced turbulent transport, self-consistent divertor, simpler coil geometries, and efficient maintenance. The main tool for generating such configurations is the STELLOPT suite of codes.

The main job functions are :

- Code development and testing to incorporate new optimization capabilities into the STELLOPT suite of codes.

- Development, using STELLOPT and other physics analysis tools, of improved stellarator plasma and coil configurations, targeting mission goals subject to constraints, for near-term experiments and long-term reactor embodiments.

Essential Qualifications
Experience in operating and making improvements to large physics codes.

Understanding of fusion plasma equilibrium, stability, transport, and divertor physics sufficient to independently interpret code results and propose next steps.

Ability to work as a member of a team and to communicate effectively in team meetings as well as conference presentations and journal articles.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in plasma physics or related disciplines

Evidence of experience in operating and making improvements to large physics codes.

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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