Postdoctoral Research Associate in Plasma-Enhanced Catalysis

Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey
Closing date
Sep 13, 2021

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Princeton University

A postdoctoral or more senior research position is available for a DOE-funded project focused on diagnostics for plasma characterization in plasma enhanced catalysis. The project is led by Dr. Ahmed Diallo at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) in collaboration with Prof. Bruce Koel at Princeton University. Research involves developing an improved understanding of low temperature and non-equilibrium plasmas in dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) reactors that may offer a path for finding low temperature alternative routes to replace the high temperature catalytic processes used in industrial production of chemicals and fuels utilizing unreactive molecules such as nitrogen (N2), carbon dioxide (CO2), and methane (CH4). The project brings together experts in both plasma diagnostics and catalytic reactions and materials to enable simultaneous measurements of plasma properties and reaction products. The candidate should have a Ph.D. in physics or a related field, with a strong background and training in plasma physics, plasma science and engineering, characterization of plasmas, plasma sources, and operation of atmospheric high voltage dielectric barrier discharges. The candidate should also have demonstrated experience with the design, construction, and operation of high vacuum chambers, high voltage high current circuits and networks, Langmuir probes, and optical components, stages, and beam path optimization for optical emission spectroscopy (OES), maintenance and repair of lasers, and the ability to operate and maintain advanced laboratory equipment for plasma discharges and measurement electronics. Background experience in materials science, and with MATLAB and computer assisted design (CAD), and experience with both AC and nanosecond pulsed + DC nonequilibrium plasma generation would be advantageous. A demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and to mentor graduate and undergraduate students is desired. The candidate is expected to have good management skills relevant to a multi-user environment, good communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Princeton University is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We actively seek students, faculty, and staff of exceptional ability and promise who share in our commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, and who will bring a diversity of viewpoints and cultures. In doing so, we encourage applications from individuals whose personal identities, backgrounds and/or interests (as demonstrated by their research, teaching, service, mentoring and/or advising) align with our commitments and will contribute to the excellence and diversity, in its broadest terms, of our department. Applicants should apply at: and include a cover letter, CV (including a list of publications), research interest statement (a discussion of past research, expertise, and research interests), and contact information for three references. Appointments are for one year with the possibility of renewal pending satisfactory performance and continued funding. This position is subject to the University's background check policy. 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.



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