Postdoctoral Associate

Job Number: 22260

Hours: Full Time

Date: January 12, 2023

Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), to carry out fundamental and applied research supporting the SPARC and ARC tokamaks, two devices expected to lead to deployment of fusion as an economic energy source. The work will focus on simulating the interactions among fast ions (e.g. DT-fusion alphas and ICRH minority H and He3 species) with MHD (e.g. Alfven eigenmodes, energetic particle modes, fishbones, etc). Interactions with low-frequency MHD (e.g. tearing modes and sawteeth) and turbulence may also be explored. The postdoc will interface with several teams to inform integrated modeling efforts, diagnostic design and implementation, and SPARC operations. The hire will be expected to make original research contributions to the PSFC program, produce work for publication, present work at scientific conferences, and mentor graduate and undergraduate students. The initial appointment is for one year but is renewable for up to three years based upon satisfactory performance.

PhD in plasma physics or closely related field; broad knowledge of tokamak physics; experience with non/linear gyro/kinetic/MHD simulations, especially in the area of fast ion + MHD modeling is highly desired; examples of such codes include - but are not limited to - TGLF-EP, MEGA, and GTC;  proficiency with Python programming preferred. We seek someone who can communicate effectively and enjoys working in a dynamic, fast-paced team environment with staff and students from MIT, other universities, national laboratories, and private industry.

Salary Range:  $80K-$85K

Please apply for the position on the Careers at MIT website.