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Doctoral Candidate (PhD) in the area of edge-plasma physics in magnetic fusion

The Department of Applied Physics at the School of Science is seeking a

Doctoral Candidate (PhD) in the area of edge-plasma physics in magnetic fusion devices

for the Fusion and Plasma Physics Group . The group focuses on experimental and computational plasma physics in magnetically confined fusion experiments. The PhD project aims to improve understanding of the physics of the tokamak edge plasma for ITER and future burning plasma experiments by interpretative analysis of measurements in present devices, such as JET, ASDEX Upgrade and DIII-D, and predictions from state-of-the-art numerical simulations, like EDGE2D-EIRENE and SOLPS. The primary physics goals of these studies are controlling particle and power exhaust, and minimizing plasma-wall interaction in magnetically confined fusion devices.

Job description

The successful candidate will be trained in analysing experimental data from the aforementioned devices and in executing plasma edge codes to interpret these data. As a team member, he or she is anticipated to participate in experiments, in data mining and analysis of past and on-going experiments, and in carrying out simulations utilizing existing edge codes. He or she will be working in a team of senior and junior research members toward development and implementation of new physics models in these computational tools.

The successful candidate is expected to document and publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals, and to present results at external conferences, seminars and/or technical meetings. At Aalto University a PhD dissertation includes 3-4 peer-reviewed publications within four years. While the primary location of the studies will be at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus in Espoo, the research pertaining to the thesis will be carried out in collaboration with JET in the UK, ASDEX Upgrade in Germany, or other European or outside-Europe fusion research facilities. The candidate is expected to spend some time at these research facilities.


As a successful candidate for this position, you should have:

• M.Sc. degree in plasma physics or a related field • Experience in computer programming languages, such as Fortran or C

• Experience with data analysis programming languages, such as Python, IDL or Matlab

• Proficient verbal and written communication skills in English necessary to work in a multidisciplinary environment, to author technical and scientific reports and publications and to deliver scientific presentations

The primary language of communication within the Fusion and Plasma Physics Group is English. Skills, knowledge and abilities in the following areas are highly desirable:

• Experience in at least one of these fields: plasma or optical diagnostics, data analysis or computational physics; experience in high performance computing highly desirable.

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23 February, 2018
Aalto University, Finland