We are seeking a Plasma Material Interactions (PMI) Science Lead to lead the development of a science program focused on plasma-materials interactions for fusion energy, leveraging the extensive materials expertise at Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), ORNL’s PMI collaborations at fusion facilities worldwide, and ORNL’s future hosting of the Materials Plasma Exposure Experiment (MPEX). This position will reside in the ORNL Fusion Energy Division (FED), reporting to the Division Director, and include significant interfacing with the Nuclear Structural Materials Group in the Materials Science and Technology Division (MSTD).
As part of a research team focused on providing solutions to critical issues for practical fusion energy development, the incumbent will carry out and coordinate research focused on developing the science of plasma-material interactions in the extreme environment anticipated in future magnetically confined fusion energy systems. Research objectives will include understanding the effects of plasma-interactions and other operating environment factors on candidate plasma-facing materials with specific attention paid to the compatibility and survivability of such materials in future fusion systems. The incumbent will work closely with material science experts in MSTD and fusion plasma and blanket experts in FED to develop a coordinated, science-driven plan to understand and resolve key PMI issues for plasma facing materials in fusion applications. Key resources will include ORNL existing PMI collaborations on fusion facilities, ORNL’s extensive computing capabilities, and world-class materials facilities including MPEX. The incumbent will work with the FED Division Director to motivate the technical rationale and justification for increased investment by DOE in future years.
Lead the development of the fusion plasma material interaction science program at ORNL, working closely with the worldwide fusion community and ORNL material science experts
Leverage the capabilities of ORNL including expertise in both plasma and materials science, advanced materials characterization facilities and world-class computing capabilities to develop a world-class PMI science program at ORNL
Produce high impact publications in key peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations in plasma material interaction.
Lead development of research proposals in the area of PMI science
Work closely with team members in the areas of fusion materials, fusion blankets, power exhaust, and particle control and other relevant areas to resolve and/or deliver innovative approaches to critical PMI science issues
Maintain a high level of scientific productivity
Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements.
Perform work according to specific rules and requirements for quality assurance, nuclear material control, radiological work, and general laboratory safety.
Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.
Requires a Ph.D. with a minimum of 6 years relevant experience, a M.S. with a minimum of 12 years experiences, or a B.S. with 15 years experience.
Qualified candidates should have demonstrated experience in leading R&D teams.
Scientific productivity demonstrated by a record of lead-authored publications (published, accepted, or submitted)
Hands-on experiences in plasma-materials interactions or fusion reactor materials
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative teams across the laboratory
Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs
Demonstrated technical acumen in the physics of plasma material interactions or related area
Ability to motivate and coordinate research staff towards common goals
Demonstrated ability to work with research staff (both internal and external) and sponsors to develop a compelling, actionable research plan
Internal Number: 3851
About Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.
ORNL’s diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace. ORNL supports DOE’s national missions of:
Scientific discovery—We assemble teams of experts from diverse backgrounds, equip them with powerful instruments and research facilities, and address compelling national problems;
Clean energy—We deliver energy technology solutions for energy-efficient buildings, transportation, and manufacturing, and we study biological, environmental, and climate systems in order to develop new biofuels and bioproducts and to explore the impacts of climate change;
Security—We develop and deploy “first-of-a-kind” science-based security technologies to make the world a safer place.
ORNL supports these missions through leadership in four major areas of science and technology:
Neutr...ons—We operate two of the world’s leading neutron sources, which enable scientists and engineers to gain new insights into materials and biological systems;
Computing—We accelerate scientific discovery through modeling and simulation on powerful supercomputers, advance data-intensive science, and sustain US leadership in high-performance computing;
Materials—We integrate basic and applied research to develop advanced materials for energy applications;
Nuclear—We advance the scientific basis for 21st century nuclear fission and fusion technologies and systems, and we produce isotopes for research, industry, and medicine.
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