Postdoctoral Associate

Stony Brook, NY
Apr 20, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Description

Postdoctoral Associate-1700951

Required Qualifications: (Evidenced by an attached resume)

PhD in Plasma Physics, Plasma Accelerators, Electrical Engineering, or other related fields in hand by June 15th, 2017. Extensive experience in setting up and running particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations codes OSIRIS/QuickPIC. Experience in installing and compiling codes on various computer clusters. Scientific productivity as demonstrated by contributions to previous research projects.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with both laser-driven and particle-beam-driven wakefield acceleration simulations. Experience with IDL analysis packages for analyzing results. Experience with using or modifying the developer version of the codes.

Brief Description of Duties:
The primary purpose of this position would be enabling the group to perform OSIRIS/QuickPIC simulations on institutional and external clusters and performing plasma-based simulations. The research is performed in collaboration with Dr. Vafaei-Najafabadi, the Principal Investigator (PI), on a variety of topics in accelerator physics. The particular emphasis of the research is on the generation and characterization of plasma based acceleration of electrons and research into the relevant physics. The holder of the position would also be participating in the supervision of graduate and undergraduate students on research projects.

  • Enabling the group to run OSIRIS/QuickPIC on various local clusters. This task involves applying for simulation time on large clusters, ensuring compatibility between the codes and clusters and troubleshooting various compatibility bugs and issues.
  • Perform research in wakefield acceleration in collaboration with the PI at SBU. In particular, the incumbent will be expected to investigate, by means of laser-plasma-interaction simulations, the characteristics of particles accelerated in a plasma wakefield, and investigate methods for improving those characteristics. The incumbent will be evaluated for his/her simulation skills, creativity, and capabilities to clearly present the results of his/her work with scientific papers and seminars.
  • Mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the research group.
  • Present results of research at conferences and workshops.
  • Creatively generate new ideas to approach research topics to explore; develop experimental ideas based on mathematical models or simulations which allow to perform novel experiments.
  • Assist PI with preparation and submission of papers and applications for external research funding, progress reports to sponsors, publications.
  • Other duties or projects as assigned as appropriate to rank and departmental mission.

Special Notes: Travel to attend collaborative meetings, workshops and conferences to discuss and present research is required. This is a full time appointment. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.

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Stony Brook University, home to many highly ranked graduate research programs, is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island's scenic North Shore. Our 1,100-acre campus is home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff, including those employed at Stony Brook Medicine, Suffolk County's only academic medical center and tertiary care provider. The University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and co-manager of nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), a multidisciplinary research laboratory supporting world class scientific programs utilizing state-of-the-art facilities such as the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, the National Synchrotron Light Source, and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, and the New York Blue IBM BG/L+P supercomputer, owned by Stony Brook and managed by BNL. Stony Brook is a partner in managing the Laboratory for the Department of Energy, and is the largest institutional scientific user of BNL facilities. As such, many opportunities exist for collaborative research, and in some cases, joint appointments can be arranged.

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Official Job Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Job Field: Post Doctoral
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: Physics And Astronomy-Stony Brook University
Schedule: Full-time Day Shift 9:00am-5:00pmPhysics And Astronomy-Stony Brook University
Posting Start Date: Apr 19, 2017
Posting End Date: May 3, 2017, 10:59:00 PM
Salary: CWE
Salary Grade: SL1


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