Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Nuclear Engineering

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Nuclear Engineering

Regular, Full-time, Market Range 00

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an outstanding candidate to undertake a postdoctoral position in the core-edge integration and divertor area within the UTK fusion group. The post-doctoral researcher will be responsible to explore innovative approaches toward addressing power and particle exhaust as well as integration with the plasma core for advanced tokamaks through model-driven divertor optimization and experimental work to isolate key physics and stress-test models. The position will require code development, state-of-the-art computational modeling with edge codes like SOLPS-ITER as well as proposing and executing cutting edge experiments at collaborating facilities worldwide to advance the Divertor/SOL science and its interaction with the pedestal and the plasma wall interaction physics.

The successful applicant will be expected to execute competitive research, publishing in recognized scientific journals, pursuing research projects with initiative and determination and present the research to nationally and internationally appropriate conferences. The researcher will be an active team member representing the UTNE Department at UTK and at collaborating facilities worldwide. The position will require travelling to coordinate experimental research and present results.


Position requires a Ph.D. in the physical sciences (Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Astrophysical Sciences) or engineering (Mechanical, Aerospace, Nuclear, Electrical). The successful applicant will have prior research experience with experimental and computational modeling in plasma physics and/or fusion energy research and/or plasma-material interaction.

All applicants must apply online to be considered for this position.  Please attach an updated CV and contact information for three professional references with your online application.

For additional information please contact Prof. Livia Casali, [email protected]

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Nuclear Engineering
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Sep 22, 2021, 10:14:58 AM


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Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

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As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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