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Atomic Physics and Plasma Spectroscopy

Date: Jun 4, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 5247 




The Diagnostics & Control (D&C) Group within the Burning Plasma Foundations (BPF) Section of the Fusion Energy Division (FED) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks applications for a Senior Research Scientist with experience in the use of the spectroscopy of plasmas to make significant contributions to projects involving fusion research, instrumentation of mission-critical systems, and other research projects. The D&C group carries out experiment-based research and development work in support of ongoing science and technology research for the U.S. DOE Fusion Energy Sciences Program in the Office of Science.




  • Lead research programs that utilize spectroscopic data to interpret the behavior and physics parameters of low and high temperature plasmas, especially those plasmas produced in devices relevant to the study of the mechanisms relevant to the development of fusion energy. 
  • Conduct research on atomic physics processes that arise from the interaction of plasmas and material surfaces, for example in the context of plasma facing components located in fusion-relevant research devices, such as the DIII-D and JET tokamaks, the W7X stellarator, and the MPEX linear plasma device.
  • Contribute to the design and utilization of diagnostic systems that will gather spectroscopic information from fusion plasmas, such as in ITER and fusion pilot plants.
  • Build collaborative relationships with international and domestic scientists in support of research to understand the physics of plasmas.
  • Routinely communicate results of their research in high-impact presentations, reports, conference papers, and key peer-reviewed journals.
  • Work with a multidisciplinary team of research scientists and engineers in the areas of fusion energy research to maintain a high level of scientific productivity.
  • Mentor early-career and student researchers along their path of development.
  • Ensure a safe and efficient work environment and compliance with ESH&Q procedures and programs.
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of professional values and ethics.




Doctoral degree in plasma physics, atomic physics, nuclear engineering or a related field with 10 years of applicable experience.  Experience with the Atomic Data and Analysis Structure (ADAS) database would be extremely beneficial.  A demonstrated history of publication in the area of research. The candidate must possess good verbal communication skills and be capable of working independently as well as with other team members. 




Experience at a fusion research facility or other large-scale experimental physics project or scientific user facility is highly preferred.  Proficient with scientific programming and the use of instrumentation.  A strong working knowledge of various types of test equipment such as spectrometers, detectors, scientific cameras and instrumentation.  A desire to mentor early career researchers and students.





Position reports to the Diagnostics and Control Group Leader in the Fusion Energy Division. 






  • Publication of scientific results in peer reviewed journals
  • Presentation of scientific results at domestic and international conferences and workshops
  • Responsiveness to special assignments in support of changing scientific needs, project management directives, project changes, and project reviews
  • Works effectively in a diverse team environment
  • Takes initiative and performs work independently


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