The Plasma Diagnostics Group at UCLA is looking for a qualified person to fill an experimental Assistant Project Scientist position. Qualified candidates will have received a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics or a related field, have a demonstrated background in experimental plasma physics and software programming (e.g. matlab, IDL, or python), and examples of first author publications. The Project Scientist position involves (1) the use of advanced Doppler backscattering (DBS), cross-polarization scattering (CPS) techniques, and correlation electron cyclotron emission diagnostics (CECE) and (2) the development of new, advanced synthetic turbulence diagnostics for CPS, DBS, and CECE. These diagnostic techniques measure internal density turbulence and flows (DBS), internal magnetic turbulence (CPS), and internal electron temperature turbulence and radial correlation lengths (CECE). These measurements are used to address important areas of fusion energy and high temperature plasma research including physics of plasma turbulence, thermal and particle transport, flows, spatial asymmetries, testing of simulations against experimental data using the synthetic diagnostics developed here, etc. These are very exciting areas of research with significant opportunities for journal publications and public presentations. We seek applicants with laboratory, technical, and software expertise. Experience with microwave diagnostics is a plus but is not required. The responsibilities of this position will include leading of experimental efforts, development of advanced synthetic diagnostics, analysis of data using advanced numerical techniques, close participation in experimental efforts, writing and publishing results in scientific journals, and oral presentations of results. This work will be performed under the guidance of a Researcher in the UCLA Physics and Astronomy Department. Work will take place onsite at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility located in San Diego, CA.
Qualified candidates will have received a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics or a related field, have a demonstrated background in experimental plasma physics and software programming (e.g. matlab, IDL, or python), and examples of first author publications.
Hiring is contingent on having the right to work in the U.S. and a willingness to relocate to San Diego upon hiring. Candidates must also be willing to work in the DIII-D facility under the provisions for visitors to the facility during the COVID-19 pandemic (https://www.ga.com/legal/covid-19-visitor-information).
Candidates should provide a letter of interest, a recent curriculum vita, a publication list and arrange for 2 letters of reference to be uploaded to UCLA Academic Recruit. Candidates may also optionally provide a statement that describes their past, present, and planned contributions to equity, diversity, and/or inclusion.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see Univ. California Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct).
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