Auburn, Alabama

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Postdoctoral Fellow - Physics

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The Department of Physics at Auburn University is seeking a qualified individual for a postdoctoral fellow position in experimental fusion plasma physics to work on the DIII-D tokamak experiment located in San Diego, California. The primary focus of this position is to investigate the effects of erosion and redeposition of high-Z plasma facing components in the DIII-D tokamak. Commissioning of a new high-resolution ultraviolet spectrometer on DIII-D for experiments with tungsten sources in the divertors, interpretation of erosion measurements in comparison with predictions from atomic physics modeling will comprise the primary responsibilities of the position. Previous experience with optical diagnostics, spectroscopic analysis, and/or collisional-radiative modeling is desirable. The present postdoctoral position is embedded into an ongoing collaboration between Auburn University and the DIII-D National Fusion Facility. Further opportunities for interactions with DIII-D collaborators is anticipated through additional experiments related to plasma materials interaction and transport modeling. The postdoctoral research will be employed by Auburn University but is expected to be onsite at the DIII-D facility in San Diego, California for the majority of the appointment.

This position is available for a minimum of one year and up to three years with annual renewals anticipated based on satisfactory performance. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Applications should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of three professional references, and a statement of contributions to diversity and inclusion (more information may be found at: More information about the Auburn Physics Department can be found at: Further questions about the position should be addressed to Professor David Ennis (ennis[at]auburn[dot]edu). Review of applications will begin December 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidate must possess a PhD or equivalent degree in physics or closely related field at the time appointment begins. In addition, the candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment begins and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills are required.

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Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applicants will begin December 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Please upload your statement of efforts in diversity and inclusion to the other document field under applicant documents.

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