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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Postdoctoral Associate

  • Job Number: 22134

  • Functional Area: Research - Scientific

  • Department: Plasma Science and Fusion Center

  • School Area: VP Research

  • Employment Type: Full-Time

  • Employment Category: Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes

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POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), to carry out fundamental and applied research in support of the design of the SPARC and ARC tokamaks. Will build an axisymmetric model for simulating magnetic equilibrium and control of ARC and study the controllability of ARC plasmas given reduced diagnostic capability. Magnetic diagnostics will be either fewer in number, further removed from the plasma for shielding purposes, or both. The effect of external vertical stability coils will further complicate diagnostic capabilities. Different vacuum vessels and vertical stability coils will be explored for ARC. Recommendations will be made for maximum elongation and or triangularity. This work will deliver a workflow to aid in design iteration of ARC. The studies explored are expected to be experimentally verified on SPARC by using magnetics and actuator responses filtered to mimic the expected ARC reduced capabilities, though not within the duration of this appointment.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: Ph.D. in plasma physics or closely related field; comprehensive knowledge of tokamak physics; ability to work with plasma simulations; Seek someone who can communicate effectively and enjoys working in a dynamic, fast-paced, team-oriented environment with staff and students from MIT, other universities, national laboratories, and private industry. PREFERRED: proficiency with Python programming Job #22134A hybrid work is acceptable but the successful candidate is expected to hold regular office hours in the PSFC for mentoring students.11/21/22