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Postdoctoral opportunity at DIII-D: disruption mitigation research

This position is for full-time work with the UCSD collaboration based at the DIII-D tokamak at General Atomics in San Diego, CA, USA with a focus on experimental magnetic fusion energy research. The main experimental duty will be assisting with operation and maintenance of the UCSD fast visible imaging system which includes two fast-framing CMOS cameras, as well as a fast survey spectrometer. The scientific focus will be on disruption mitigation research, which aims to develop methods toward safe, rapid shutdown of high-power tokamak plasmas.

Main research projects can include (but are not limited to): measurements and modeling of the ablation rate of multi-layer shell pellets being studied for disruption mitigation, measurement of dust transport and ablation during disruptions, synchrotron imaging of disruption-generated relativistic electrons, and the structure of instabilities during the plasma-wall interactions of relativistic electrons and the tokamak wall.

Qualifications Required and Preferred Academic Background

A PhD is required for this position, ideally in plasma physics or a related discipline. All candidates will be considered, but the ideal candidate will have a strong experimental background, with background experience in optics especially desirable. A proven ability to analyze, model, and disseminate experimental data is also desired.


The appointment is for two years. Extensions beyond this will depend on the availability of funding and the performance of the candidate. Transition to permanent research staff may be possible after two years, if funding permits.

For more information on this postdoctoral opportunity, such a contact information, salary and how to apply, visit the website at the bottom of this page.

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1 July, 2019