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Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Physics & Astronomy

Recruitment Period

Open February 15th, 2021 through Wednesday, Sep 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The Plasma Diagnostics Group at UCLA is looking for a qualified person to fill an experimental Postdoctoral Scholar position. A qualified candidate should have received a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics or a related field and have a demonstrated background in experimental plasma physics. The Postdoctoral position involves implementing, operating, and utilizing three microwave diagnostics namely fluctuation reflectometer, Doppler backscattering (DBS), and cross-polarization scattering (CPS) diagnostics at the NSTX-U spherical tokamak situated at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), New Jersey. These diagnostic techniques measure internal density turbulence (reflectometry and DBS), turbulence flows (DBS), and internal magnetic turbulence (CPS). These measurements are used to address important areas of fusion energy and high temperature plasma research including physics of fast ion transport, plasma turbulence, thermal and particle transport, flows, 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 proposing new experiments, leading experimental efforts, data analysis 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 NSTX-U spherical tokamak located in PPPL, New Jersey. Hiring is contingent on having the right to work in the U.S. and a willingness to relocate to New Jersey upon hiring. Candidates must also be willing to work in the NSTX-U facility under the provisions for visitors to the facility during the COVID-19 pandemic. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a current CV, and two letters of reference to Dr. Terry Rhodes at

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Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate‚Äôs past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2-4 letters of reference required