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ASSISTANT RESEARCH SCIENTIST POSITION IN EXPERIMENTAL FUSION AND PLASMA PHYSICS – UCLA (starts July 2022)

ASSISTANT PROJECT SCIENTIST POSITION IN PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY, UCLA, Oct. 2020

POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR POSITION IN PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY, UCLA, Oct., 2020

ASSISTANT RESEARCH SCIENTIST POSITION IN EXPERIMENTAL FUSION AND PLASMA PHYSICS – UCLA (starts July 2022)

The Plasma Diagnostics Group (PDG–https://plasma-diagnostics-group.physics.ucla.edu) in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at UCLA invites outstanding candidates to apply for a full- time (100%) appointment as an Assistant Researcher in the area of Plasma and Fusion Physics. The appointee will engage in independent, creative experimental research within the broad area of fast-ion physics in fusion research plasmas in the National Spherical Torus eXperiment Upgrade facility (NSTX-U–https://nstx-u.pppl.gov), located at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in Princeton (PPPL), NJ, USA. The appointee will be stationed full time at PPPL and the position is open starting July 2022.

NSTX-U is an innovative magnetic fusion device in the spherical tokamak configuration featuring a powerful suite of plasma diagnostics and world-leading high power, high energy neutral beam injection capability. This capability will enable new opportunities for advances in many areas of fast-ion physics including fast-ion driven instabilities and fast-ion transport, as well as their interaction with turbulence and impacts on fast-ion current drive and heating. The appointee will work in close collaboration with other members of the PDG and the NSTX-U Research Team. The NSTX-U Research Team includes physicists and engineers from more than 30 other U.S. laboratories and universities and 20 international institutions from 9 countries.
The appointee will be responsible for identifying and pursuing novel, high-value opportunities for advances in fast-ion physics that exploit the unique capabilities of NSTX-U. In practice, this will consist of leading or collaborating in the design and execution of experiments in NSTX-U, the performance of related modeling and dissemination of the results through presentations at conferences and publications in peer reviewed journals. In addition, the appointee will help mentor UCLA students engaged in research in NSTX-U and will actively participate in the preparation of grant proposals and progress reports. 

The Assistant Researcher position is an academic career position that encourages and expects the appointee to grow into a role of scientific leadership (https://www.apo.ucla.edu/policies- forms/the-call/professional-research-series/professional-research-series-1). The position potentially affords the appointee the opportunity to write proposals to agencies such as the U.S. DoE and NSF for funding to support self-directed research. The initial appointment is for two years with renewal subject to satisfactory professional development and renewal of funding. Salary will follow standards for the Professional Research Series and will scale with the appointee’s experience (starting at $80,800/year, as of 7/2021). The appointment includes health and pension benefits. 

Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in Physics or a related field, and a demonstrated background applicable to the area of research. Ideally, the candidate should have at least two years related work experience following receipt of a Ph.D., although exceptional candidates with less experience will be considered. Candidates should provide a curriculum vita, a publication list and arrange for 2–3 letters of reference to be included with the application. The PDG and the Department are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive research community. Candidates should also provide a statement that describes their past, present, and planned contributions to equity, diversity, and/or inclusion. Please submit your application materials at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF06746. Applications should be received by November 30, 2021. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

ASSISTANT PROJECT SCIENTIST POSITION IN PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY, UCLA, Oct. 2020

The Plasma Diagnostics Group at UCLA is looking for a qualified person to fill an experimental Assistant Project Scientist position. Qualified candidates will have received a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics or a related field, have a demonstrated background in experimental plasma physics and software programming (e.g. matlab, IDL, or python), and examples of first author publications. The Project Scientist position involves (1) the use of advanced Doppler backscattering (DBS), cross-polarization scattering (CPS) techniques, and correlation electron cyclotron emission diagnostics (CECE) and (2) the development of new, advanced synthetic turbulence diagnostics for CPS, DBS, and CECE. These diagnostic techniques measure internal density turbulence and flows (DBS), internal magnetic turbulence (CPS), and internal electron temperature turbulence and radial correlation lengths (CECE). These measurements are used to address important areas of fusion energy and high temperature plasma research including physics of plasma turbulence, thermal and particle transport, flows, spatial asymmetries, testing of simulations against experimental data using the synthetic diagnostics developed here, etc. These are very exciting areas of research with significant opportunities for journal publications and public presentations. We seek applicants with laboratory, technical, and software expertise. Experience with microwave diagnostics is a plus but is not required. The responsibilities of this position will include leading of experimental efforts, development of advanced synthetic diagnostics, analysis of data using advanced numerical techniques, close participation in experimental efforts, writing and publishing results in scientific journals, and oral presentations of results. This work will be performed under the guidance of a Researcher in the UCLA Physics and Astronomy Department. Work will take place onsite at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility located in San Diego, CA. Hiring is contingent on having the right to work in the U.S. and a willingness to relocate to San Diego upon hiring. Candidates must also be willing to work in the DIII-D facility under the provisions for visitors to the facility during the COVID-19 pandemic (https://www.ga.com/legal/covid-19-visitor-information). Candidates should provide a letter of interest, a recent curriculum vita, a publication list and arrange for 2 letters of reference to be uploaded to UCLA Academic Recruit. Candidates may also optionally provide a statement that describes their past, present, and planned contributions to equity, diversity, and/or inclusion. Please submit your application materials at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF05838. The deadline for applications is Sept. 30, 2020.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see Univ. California Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct).

POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR POSITION IN PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY, UCLA, Oct. 2020

The Plasma Diagnostics Group at UCLA is looking for a qualified person to fill an experimental Postdoctoral Scholar position. Qualified candidates will have received a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics or a related field and have a demonstrated background in experimental plasma physics. The Postdoctoral position involves (1) the use of advanced Doppler backscattering (DBS), cross-polarization scattering (CPS) techniques, and correlation electron cyclotron emission diagnostics (CECE) and (2) the development of new, advanced synthetic turbulence diagnostics for CPS, DBS, and CECE. These diagnostic techniques measure internal density turbulence and flows (DBS), internal magnetic turbulence (CPS), and internal electron temperature turbulence and radial correlation lengths (CECE). These measurements are used to address important areas of fusion energy and high temperature plasma research including physics of plasma turbulence, thermal and particle transport, flows, spatial asymmetries, testing of simulations against experimental data using the synthetic diagnostics developed here, etc. These are very exciting areas of research with significant opportunities for journal publications and public presentations. We seek applicants with laboratory, technical, and software expertise. Experience with microwave diagnostics is a plus but is not required. The responsibilities of this position will include leading of experimental efforts, development of advanced synthetic diagnostics, analysis of data using advanced numerical techniques, close participation in experimental efforts, writing and publishing results in scientific journals, and oral presentations of results. This work will be performed under the guidance of a Researcher in the UCLA Physics and Astronomy Department. Work will take place onsite at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility located in San Diego, CA. Hiring is contingent on having the right to work in the U.S. and a willingness to relocate to San Diego upon hiring. Candidates must also be willing to work in the DIII-D facility under the provisions for visitors to the facility during the COVID-19 pandemic (https://www.ga.com/legal/covid-19-visitor- information).Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a current CV, and two letters of reference to Dr. Terry Rhodes at trhodes@ucla.edu.