The DIII-D National Fusion Facility is the U.S.’s principal magnetically confined fusion research facility, focusing on the exciting science of the burning plasma state and its control in preparation for ITER, and developing the path to self-driven fully non-inductive operation for future fusion reactors. It has a strong focus on underlying science, and the application of this to improve fusion performance.
We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Scientist to join the Plasma Control Group in the Experimental Sciences Division of the DIII-D National Fusion Facility. The group conducts leading edge research for a range of facilities around the world, including the DIII-D facility in San Diego, and the ITER device in France.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Research in plasma control physics and mathematics, including conducting relevant experiments and plasma analysis for control modeling;
Design and implementation of realtime control algorithms;
Development and validation of plasma and system response models involving physics phenomena ranging from MHD stability to transport and kinetics;
Computational physics and electromagnetic analysis for tokamak applications, including device design and optimization;
Signal processing and interpretation;
Design and assessment of next-generation fusion devices; and participation in experimental operation of DIII-D and other tokamaks worldwide.
Publish in recognized scientific journals, present work at national level, pursue research projects, and work with and provide support to the wider DIII-D team in the above topic areas.
Performs other duties as assigned or required.
Ph.D, Masters + 2 years, or Bachelor's + 4 years experience in one or more of: control theory, plasma physics, electromagnetics, digital communications, signal processing, or similar related research.
Must have; (1) a thorough understanding of relevant scientific and mathematical concepts, principles, and theory, particularly with regard to control design and general tokamak plasma behavior; (2) experience demonstrating a broad application of those concepts; and, (3) experience working with all aspects of control system design and implementation.
Must possess the ability to; (1) understand new concepts quickly; (2) apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment; (3) organize, schedule, and coordinate work phases; and, (4) determine the appropriate approach at the task level or, with assistance, at the project level to provide solutions to a range of complex problems.
Must have strong communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team; able to perform complex tasks in one scientific area; and, lead a team of less experienced professional employees on semi-routine tasks.
Facility in moving rapidly from one task area to another, and ability to work extended hours and travel as required.
Numerical methods and scientific programming knowledge, including experience with one or more signal processing and system analysis environments such as Matlab, MathCAD, IDL, mathematical, Matrix-X, etc....
Experience and facility with C programming and the UNIX operating system environment.
Ability to communicate effectively with the scientific and engineering communities of DIII-D and collaborators, including written and oral technical presentations.
Understanding and demonstrated experience in tokamak MHD equilibrium and stability physics
Experience with existing plasma analysis, simulation, and modeling codes such as TSC, Corsica, TRANSP, EFIT, ...
Experience with realtime data acquisition, digitizers, signal conditioning, and data interpretation
History of publication of original work(s) in professional scientific journals or formal technical equivalents
About General Atomics
General Atomics operates the DIII-D National Fusion Facility (contracted by the USDOE), which is an internationally renowned tokamak research facility located in San Diego, California. Its mission is to establish the scientific basis for the optimization of the tokamak approach to fusion energy production. Please refer to the web site https://fusion.gat.com/global/DIII-D for more information about the DIII-D National Fusion Program, and to https://fusion.gat.com/global/theory for more information about the Theory and Computational Science Program.