Postdoctoral Scholar in Physics and Astronomy

University of California Los Angeles

Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Physics & Astronomy

Job #JPF07384
  • PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY / L&S Physical Sciences / UCLA

Application Window

Open April 6th, 2022 through Monday, Jun 6, 2022 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. Qualified candidates will have received a Ph.D. in plasma science or a related field (engineering, etc.) and have a demonstrated background in experimental science. The Postdoctoral position involves (1) the operation and maintenance of an advanced fast density profile reflectometer system, (2) improvement of the density profile software, and (3) the development of new data analysis techniques to extract density turbulence, coherent mode behavior, etc. This diagnostic techniques measures electron density profiles, turbulence, and coherent modes with good time and spatial resolutions (25 microsec and 0.5 cm). These measurements are used to address important areas of fusion energy and high temperature plasma research including physics of thermal and particle transport, 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. The responsibilities of this position will include experimental efforts, analysis of data using advanced numerical techniques, 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. Hiring is contingent on having the right to work in the U.S. and a willingness to relocate to San Diego upon hiring. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a current CV, and two letters of reference to Dr. Terry Rhodes at


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Ph.D. in plasma science or a related field (engineering, etc.)
  • Demonstrated background in experimental science
  • Laboratory, technical, and software expertise

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Publication List (Optional)
  • 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.
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 2-3 letters of reference required

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Job location

San Diego, CA