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ASSISTANT PROJECT SCIENTIST POSITION IN PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Project Scientist

Application Window

Open October 26th, 2021 through Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

ASSISTANT PROJECT SCIENTIST POSITION IN PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at UCLA seeks outstanding candidates for a full-time (100%) position as an Assistant Project Scientist in the area of Plasma and Fusion Physics. The position will focus on the development and application of advanced millimeter wave diagnostic techniques to measure internal magnetic field structure, 3-D non-axisymmetric effects and magnetic turbulence on the NSTX-U spherical tokamak at the PPPL in Princeton, NJ. The experimental effort, to be performed in collaboration with the NSTX-U Team, will play a critical role in advancing the physics basis for the spherical tokamak as a reactor-relevant configuration.

Tasks include (1) constructing, commissioning and operating a new, dedicated Faraday-Effect Polarimeter-Interferometer (FEPI) diagnostic for magnetic field measurements in NSTX-U, (2) exploiting the new diagnostic to measure the amplitude and spatial distribution of internal magnetic field structures (MHD, RMP) as well as magnetic turbulence and fast-ion driven instabilities, and (3) leading and participating in experiments in collaboration with PPPL researchers and code experts to validate predictive capabilities using fully electromagnetic gyrokinetic codes (e.g. GYRO, GENE). The Assistant Project Scientist will ultimately be stationed in Princeton at the NSTX-U facility, but would likely spend the first 1-2 years in San Diego at the DIII-D facility to gain experience and assist in development of a similar system operating there. The candidate is expected to make multiple trips between Princeton and San Diego until the FEPI system is installed and operating. The initial appointment will be for a 2-year period, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance and renewal of funding. Salary will follow standards for Project Scientist Series and will scale with the applicant’s experience. Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in Physics or a related field, 3+ years experience and a demonstrated background directly applicable to the tasks, including experience with plasma diagnostic hardware. Experience with millimeter wave hardware and quasi-optical systems are significant pluses. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a publication list, a statement of contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and arrange for 2-3 letters of reference to be uploaded to UCLA Academic Recruit. For full consideration, applications should be received by December 28, 2021.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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 University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct)

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Ph.D. in Physics or a related field
  • 3+ years experience and a demonstrated background directly applicable to the tasks, including experience with plasma diagnostic hardware

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter (Optional)

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

  • Publication list

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s 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.

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 letters of reference required

Applicants will be asked to name references, and the applicant must request letters to complete their application

Apply link: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF07031

Help contact: corinna@physics.ucla.edu

Campus Information

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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 University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

San Diego, CA / Princeton, NJ