A Collaborative National Center for Fusion & Plasma Research

Associate Research Physicist - Plasma Control

Stefan Gerhardt
RES 01
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PPPL/NSTX-U has an opening for a physicist, engineer, and/or mathematician at the associate research staff or research staff position level to carry out experiments and data analysis in support of the development of advanced control algorithms for NSTX-U.  Advanced control will be required to achieve the long-pulse high-performance operational goals of the NSTX-U program.  Example plasma control applications include plasma boundary shape control, power and particle exhaust control, current and rotation profile control, and edge transport barrier control.  Emphasis will be placed on developing and testing control algorithms within the framework of time-dependent integrated models (for example the TRANSP code) prior to implementation within the NSTX-U real-time control system.  The research will be carried out primarily at PPPL/NSTX-U, but may also involve off-site travel in support of PPPL collaborations on other facilities. Education should be at the PhD level. Desirable skills and experience include C programming, familiarity with the General Atomics Plasma Control System (PCS), experience in carrying out control-related tokamak experiments, and experience in off-line and/or real-time equilibrium reconstruction.

The successful candidate should have good communication and leadership skills to be responsive to requests from diagnosticians and experimentalists interactively, and should be able to work independently. The level of employment is negotiable depending on previous experience and expertise.

A Ph.D is required

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Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory managed by Princeton University.

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