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Theory and Computation Plasma Physicist - R&D Assistant Staff Member

Date: Jun 8, 2021

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4858 

Description of job (as it will be advertised): The Fusion Energy Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks applications for a R&D Associate Staff Member in the area of Theoretical and Computational Plasma Physics. ORNL’s Plasma Theory and Modeling Group carries out research in nearly all areas of magnetic fusion energy development and related technology development. The program is a strong and vital component of both the U.S. fusion program and the international fusion community. The successful candidate will work with a multidisciplinary team of theoretical, computational and experimental physicists in areas of importance to the advancement of fusion as a power source, with applications to a range of devices, including the DIII-D (San Diego, CA) and NSTX-U (Princeton, NJ) tokamaks. The work assignment will be located at ORNL in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.


Job Duties and Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be involved in developing new, and applying existing modeling and simulation tools to understand a range of plasma dynamics. Possible areas of focus include (but are not limited to) energetic particle physics, boundary plasma dynamics, heating and current drive, and integrated modeling and device design. The candidate will be expected to work both independently and as part of a research team, collaborate with experimentalists, fully document work in technical reports and publications, and participate in the development of research proposals.


Experience and Educational Requirements

  • The successful candidate must have completed a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics or a closely related field
  • The applicant is expected to have experience in the physics of magnetic confinement fusion devices and computational physics
  • Candidates must have experience in the application of complex scientific codes and familiarity with data analysis methods for fusion
  • Excellent verbal, presentation, and writing skills are required to enable effective interaction and communication with technical peers, program managers, collaborators, and sponsors
  • Candidate must have a successful  publication record Experience in both analytical theory and computational physics is desirable


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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