Stellarator Optimization Scientist

Location
Princeton, NJ
Posted
May 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition # 2017-7520
Department PPPL Advanced Projects
Category Research and Laboratory
Date Posted 5/12/2017
Full-Time / Part-Time Full-Time
Application Deadline 6/30/2017

Overview

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.

Responsibilities

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.

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.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Salary Grade

RES, 01

Standard Weekly Hours

40.00

Eligible for Overtime

No

Benefits Eligible

Yes

Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)

No

Physical Capacity Exam Required

No

Valid Driver's License Required

No



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