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Plasma Analysis Scientist

at TAE

Posted: 9/25/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 3861d69a-62fd-40a6-95ba-a6ea26cfa054
Keywords: research, lab

Job Description

TAE Technologies, Inc, formerly known as Tri Alpha Energy, has a national lab sized research program in high beta magnetically confined fusion plasmas, based around the advanced, beam driven, Field Reversed Configuration.  It has built and is operating the new C-2W experiment, aka Norman, which is one of the largest fusion plasma experiments in the United States.  The goals of C-2W are to push high beta fusion plasmas into new parameter regimes and to guide the design of future fusion power plants.  With its vast diagnostic suite, C-2W is an ideal and fertile testing ground for new plasma theory and simulation.

The successful candidate will join the Experimental Data Analysis group at TAE, where they will have a creative role in developing and applying novel analysis tools for fusion high beta plasmas.  They will collaborate with leading theoretical, computational, and experimental plasma physicists to test the models against the C-2W experiment, and they will have the opportunity to use their theoretical work to propose and lead physics experiments.  They will also participate in the conceptual physics design of future next-step high beta fusion plasma devices.  They may bring as inspiration their ideas from different areas of plasma research. Present areas of interest in theory, modeling, and analysis include but are not limited to energy and particle balance models in variety of model difficulty levels (0D, 1D, 2D, multi-ion species, stability disruptions, classical and anomalous transport, non-inductive current drive).

To contribute to these efforts the successful candidate must have a strong background in theoretical plasma physics and/or computational plasma with experience of applying this knowledge to experimental research.

Performance and leadership are recognized and rewarded at TAE and there are opportunities for career growth and training.  The company culture is dynamic, collaborative, and goals oriented.  TAE scientists attend scientific conferences to report results and have the opportunity to publish their findings in scientific journals.



Required: M.S. in Computational, Theoretical or Experimental Plasma physics or related field.

Preferred: Ph.D. in Computational, Theoretical or Experimental Plasma physics or related field.


The ideal candidate will have experience in many or all of these areas:

  • Theoretical background in plasma physics with emphasis on magnetic confinement, stability, plasma-wall interaction.
  • Predictive and Interpretive Transport analysis of magnetically confined plasmas.
  • Development and usage of computational model for experimental data analysis.
  • Working in a group associated with mid-scale to large experimental installation.

Excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, and strong personal motivation are necessary. The ability to work in a dynamic, team environment is required.


Software Knowledge and Skills:

  • At least one of FORTRAN, C , C, C#
  • Python, IDL, Matlab or other tools used for data analysis.


Project Experience:

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on long term research projects.
  • Ability to organize and schedule work to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work as lead on one project and to participate in and support other projects.


Other Preferred Experience:

  • Original work published in professional scientific journals.
  • Experience presenting at national and/or international level