Associate Research Physicist
Requisition # 2017-7343
Department PPPL Office of the Director
Category Research and Laboratory
Date Posted 4/4/2017
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline 6/30/2017
The Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory, a world-leading fusion energy research center under contract with the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), invites applications for a postdoctoral position in modern wave kinetics in the Theory Department. The successful candidate will perform theoretical analysis and numerical simulations using the recently developed quantumlike Wigner-Moyal formulation of inhomogeneous wave turbulence for classical plasmas. The first thrust of the anticipated research will be studying interactions between drift-wave turbulence and zonal flows with the ultimate goal to better understand the effect of these interactions on magnetically confined fusion plasmas. The second thrust will be advancing the machinery of modern wave kinetics in a broader context, which extends to other types of inhomogeneous wave turbulence and also linear waves. This will also involve advancing the methodology of full-wave modeling of radiofrequency waves in fusion plasmas. The focus will be made on maximally reduced models and analytic theory.
The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal pending satisfactory performance and available funding (for an additional two years).
- Developing theory, numerical algorithms, and codes for modeling interactions between drift waves and zonal flows and also other wave-plasma interactions.
- Analyzing numerical results.
- Preparing publications and presenting research results at conferences.
- Help supervise graduate students involved in the project.
- Ph.D. or an equivalent degree in plasma physics or a closely related discipline.
- Strong background in basic plasma theory.
- General knowledge of variational methods in plasma theory.
- General knowledge of Hamiltonian formulations of continuous systems.
- Strong background in applied mathematics.
- General knowledge of differential geometry.
- Substantial experience with numerical modeling of plasmas.
Interested candidates must apply online and submit a curriculum vitae, bibliography, and three letters of recommendation.
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