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RESEARCH SCIENTIST, Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), to carry out fundamental and applied research associated with the physics and optimization of the SPARC tokamak--a novel and powerful scientific instrument designed to be the world’s first net-energy fusion experiment. Will serve as an integral part of a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers. The focus of the position will be on magnetohydrodynamics, including plasma equilibrium, stability, and control; disruption prediction, avoidance, and mitigation; the impact and mitigation of non-axisymmetric error fields; and ideal and non-ideal MHD instabilities. Responsibilities will include participating in and conducting MHD research on the SPARC facility, including designing and conducting experiments; analyzing ideal and non-ideal MHD instabilities in SPARC, requiring the development and application of new theory; assessment of SPARC design for creation, reconstruction, and control of its equilibrium linked to development of experimental programs, design of experiments, and interpretation of results; developing control algorithms, including optimizing strategies for plasma start-up; analyzing the sources of intrinsic, non-axisymmetric, error-fields and developing strategies for their compensation in SPARC; and developing strategies for disruption prediction, avoidance, and mitigation.
REQUIRED: Ph.D. in plasma physics; at least two years’ experience in magnetic confinement research and deep and broad knowledge of magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) theory and practice; experience with the science and computational tools for the study of plasma equilibria, stability, and control, including magnetic measurements and equilibrium reconstruction; experience studying tokamak disruptions, including prediction, avoidance and mitigation; ability to work collaboratively in a team of scientists and engineers; and proven ability to lead experiments, author scientific papers, and present research results at scientific conferences. Job #18374
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