ZEI is currently looking for a Fusion Plasma Research Scientist to lead design, fielding, and operations of one or more plasma diagnostics. The Scientist will also lead experimental campaigns, including data analysis, reduction, error propagation, publication, and presentation of experimental and computational results. This position will work with other ZEI scientific, engineering, and technical staff on the design, assembly, fielding, and operations of the next-generation ZEI SFS Z-pinch experiment. The ideal candidate is an organized, inventive problem solver, capable of working through technical challenges and employing sound, pragmatic solutions through team efforts. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.
Responsibilities and Duties:
Lead design, fielding, and operations of one or more plasma diagnostic systems (interferometry, spectroscopy, neutronics, and/or magnetics, etc.)
Lead experimental campaigns
Working with ZEI scientific, engineering, and technical staff, assist in the design, assembly, fielding, and operations of ZEI research experiments
Perform data analysis, reduction, error propagation, publication, and presentation of experimental results, including computational results
Reports to a ZEI Senior Scientist
Qualifications and Skills:
2-5+ years post-PhD experience in fusion plasma physics research
Demonstrated ability to lead assigned projects, working with scientific and technical staff
Familiarity in design, procurement, assembly, fielding, operations, and analysis of fusion plasma physics experiments
Ability to formulate and execute experimental run campaigns
Knowledge of plasma diagnostics and instrumentation including:
Pulsed digital holographic interferometry
CW heterodyne quadrature interferometry
Ion Doppler temperature and velocity measurements
Pulse counting & current mode
Magnetics (probes, Rogowskis, current transformers, etc.)
Data acquisition systems
Data analysis including reduction, interpretation, and error analysis
Ability to field and maintain one or more of the above diagnostics
Zap Energy Inc. (ZEI) is developing and commercializing fusion energy technology using the sheared-flow stabilized (SFS) Z-pinch. The highly-motivated scientific and technical team is conducting fast-paced, exciting, break-through work to push the SFS Z-pinch technology toward scientific breakeven conditions: successful achievement of this goal will revolutionize energy production. ZEI’s approach represents the most elegant fusion configuration, as it does not require magnetic field coils nor auxiliary heating. ZEI focuses on rigorous experimental and computational research methodologies. ZEI is a well-funded spinout company from the University of Washington, located in the northern Seattle WA area.
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