Managing Principal Research Physicist

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Managing Principal Research Physicist


Job ID: 2021-12859
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Research and Laboratory

Princeton University


The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world.

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has an exceptional opportunity for a dynamic scientific leader to help define and play a leading role in a growing interdisciplinary and multi-institutional effort to diagnose, simulate, and understand the complex interplay between materials science, plasma surface-interactions, and plasma-based nanofabrication and quantum materials synthesis capabilities supporting transformational technologies of tomorrow. Particular emphasis will be placed on advancing plasma-assisted Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) for synthesizing quantum-grade diamond films.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing, expanding, and leading new research initiatives engaging researchers from academia, national laboratories, and industry while also supporting collaborating researchers and facility users. The ideal candidate will play a vital role in growing plasma-based quantum materials synthesis research into a significant element of the laboratory’s research portfolio and will be passionate about developing a strong program that enhances the laboratory’s interactions with Princeton University.

This position ranges from half-time to full-time depending on the qualifications of the applicant.


  • In close collaboration with the Directorate, develop a strategic plan and long-term vision for plasma-based quantum materials synthesis research and development, along with a plan to execute the vision, including garnering funding, building the scientific infrastructure of facilities and capabilities, as well as recruiting and developing an outstanding and diverse workforce to support the vision.
  • Develop coordinated programs with Princeton University, including opportunities with the Electrical Engineering Department, Physics Department, the Princeton Quantum Initiative, and the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM).
  • Identify and build critical research collaborations with national laboratories, academic institutions, and private sector entitiesengineers in quantum information science and technology and nano-fabrication.
  • Advance science education and work to build a pipeline of the next generation of scientists and engineers in quantum information science and technology and nano-fabrication.
  • Act as chief spokesperson for the research area to internal groups, Princeton University, DOE, national labs, and other external entities.
  • In collaboration with the Directorate, assist the preparation and development of the annual budget, aid in the development of short and long-term financial strategies to ensure proper funding levels, and target and develop new funding sources.
  • Aid in the stewardship of and adherence to appropriate financial, procurement, budget, property, and accounting policies, procedures, and protocols for the respective division.
  • Effectively communicate relevant information to key stakeholders both internal and external to the Laboratory.
  • Hold regular meetings with direct reports and ensure effective collaborations within and integration of area programs.
  • Report to the Associate Laboratory Director for Low-Temperature-Plasma Surface Interactions.



  • PhD or equivalent in engineering or physical/chemical/materials sciences
Professional Experience:

  • At least 10 years’ experience in the modeling, measurement, and fabrication of quantum materials – preferably with substantial experience in quantum-grade diamond synthesis. Experience in plasma processing tool diagnosis, usage, and/or operation is also highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish, organize, and lead new research initiatives and to develop and lead a highly capable team of researchers from academia, national laboratories, and industry.
  • Record of impactful publications in recognized scientific journals.

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

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.





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Posted: 6/4/2021
Application Due: 8/3/2021
Work Type: Full Time