The Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join the Columbia University Collaboration Team on the DIII-D National Fusion Facility to assist in computational MHD simulations of experimental data. The candidate will assist with kinetic equilibrium reconstructions and ideal and resistive MHD simulations of global plasma stability, tearing stability, and the driven, stable plasma response. Although the primary activities for this position involve simulations, an interest in analyzing experimental data for comparisons with the simulations would also be useful.
This is a one year postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years.
Generate kinetic equilibrium reconstructions based on experimental data.
Become a fluent user of ideal and resistive MHD codes, such as DCON, VALEN, MARS, and others.
Compare simulation results with experimental instability onset and plasma response observations.
Participate in the design and execution of experiments to test simulation predictions.
The successful applicant is expected to publish original research results as part of the work carried out by the Columbia MHD Collaboration Team on DIII-D. This collaborative effort has made significant contributions to our understanding of passive and active control of MHD modes in tokamaks. The control and prevention of MHD instabilities and the 3D effects of MHD plasma response is recognized as critical for ITER and for future advanced tokamak fusion energy configurations.
Recent Ph.D. in plasma physics or related discipline.
Proficient written and verbal communication skills, ability to author scientific reports and publications, and deliver scientific presentations.
Effective interpersonal skills necessary to collaborate in a team environment.
Ability to perform independent research
The position is based full-time at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego, CA.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer—Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran
About Columbia University
The Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics of Columbia University in the City of New York is part of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and is where research in plasma physics and fusion energy research is carried out at the University.
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