Postdoctoral Researcher in Plasma Physics

San Diego, California, United States
Jun 27, 2020
Jul 27, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Postdoctoral Researcher in Plasma Physics
The Plasma Diagnostics Group in the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy is seeking applications for a (full-time) Postdoctoral Researcher In the area of Plasma Physics/Fusion Research. This position will be focused on experimental and simulation/modeling work to elucidate the physics behind the transition from low to high confinement mode (L- to H-mode transition), a crucial topic in fusion research. Experimental work on L-H transition physics will be carried out at the DIII-D tokamak in San Diego, taking advantage of a broad array of advanced plasma diagnostics including millimeter wave diagnostics for turbulence and plasma flow measurements. The goal of this work is to support development of a physics-based, reduced L-H transition model. Tasks will include (1) design of / participation in experiments on L-H transition physics at DIII-D in collaboration with the DIII-D team; (2) analysis of kinetic profile and turbulence data, and performing transport and stability analysis using existing code framework such as TRANSP and TGLF; (3) validation of fluid and gyrokinetic simulations of the plasma edge; and (4) participation in the development of reduced, predictive L-H transition models, based on fluid- and gyrokinetic simulations of the tokamak edge plasma, in collaboration with plasma theorists and experts from the plasma simulation community. All work will take place at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego, CA 92121.
Qualified candidates will have received a Ph.D. in Physics or a related field, and should have a demonstrated background directly applicable to the investigative effort and tasks. Familiarity with plasma transport analysis, and/or fluid or gyrokinetic plasma simulations is a significant advantage. The initial appointment will be for a 12-month timeframe with a possible extension of 24 months. Salary will be commensurate with applicant's expertise. Candidates should provide a curriculum vita, a publication list and arrange for 2-3 letters of reference, to be sent to For full consideration, applications should be received by September 15, 2020. However, applications will be accepted until the search is closed. Please contact Dr. Lothar Schmitz ( for further information.
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Category: Physics