Postdoctoral Scholars are eligible to participate in the UC Postdoctoral Scholars Benefits Plan (PSBP), which includes medical, dental, vision, life, accidental death and dismemberment, disability insurance.
The Department of Physics & Astronomy at UCLA seeks outstanding candidates for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in the area of Plasma and Fusion Physics.
The position will focus on experimental investigation of electromagnetic turbulence, non-axisymmetric 3-D effects associated with MHD and fast-ion instabilities as well as externally applied magnetic fields in high-performance tokamak plasmas. In addition, applications to plasma control and magnetic equilibrium reconstruction constraints will be explored. This work involves the development and application of a radial Faraday-effect polarimeter-interferometer diagnostic system designed to directly measure the internal magnetic field and perturbations. The experimental effort, to be performed in collaboration with the DIII-D Team, is anticipated to play a critical role in advancing the physics basis for future fusion reactors.
Responsibilities will include hardware development and testing, system operation in support of experimental campaigns, data analysis and physics interpretation as well as dissemination of scientific results. Candidates will have flexibility to choose between a more physics or hardware development focus for their work.
Experience in plasma transport and confinement, MHD- and micro-instability physics, or laser/microwave diagnostics is a plus. This position is an off-campus project and the candidate will be on assignment at General Atomics in San Diego, CA working at the DIII-D National Fusion facility with the UCLA team located there. Initial appointment will be for 1 year, with the possibility of renewal or transfer to permanent position.
Salary will follow UCLA standards for Postdoctoral Researchers and will scale with the applicant’s experience and qualifications (range: $60k to $80k). The position is open for immediate filling, however, the start date is flexible.
Interested persons should send a cover letter and CV/resume with names and contact information for two references to Dr. David Brower at firstname.lastname@example.org. Position will remain open until filled.
Details concerning benefits as a Postdoctoral Scholar are set forth in UC-UAW CBA Article 3, Benefits (https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/px/docs/PX_2016-2020_03_BENEFITS.pdf).
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