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Postdoctoral Fellow - Physics

The University of Texas at Austin
retirement plan
United States, Texas, Austin
101 East 27th Street (Show on map)
September 03, 2023

Job Posting Title:

Postdoctoral Fellow - Physics


Hiring Department:

Institute for Fusion Studies


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



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Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Aug 31, 2022





Job Description:

To conduct collaborative research in plasma physics, including experimental research in tokamaks. Research will be done in collaboration with experimental and theoretical researchers in the Department of Physics Institute of Fusion Studies (IFS) and with outside facilities such as DIII-D National Fusion Facility and EAST.


Job Details:

General Notes

The IFS research contributes to the understanding of plasma phenomena important to fusion. The primary location for this position is on The University of Texas main campus in Austin, TX; however, there may be travel to DIII-D (San Diego, CA) and EAST (China). In addition to the experimental staff, the IFS is currently staffed with theory experts in MHD, computational physics and gyrokinetic simulations who emphasize theory-experiment comparison. There are opportunities for collaboration both in sophisticated analysis of experimental results and in development of experiments to challenge contemporary theory. This position is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Initially, the position is a one year assignment with the possibility for extension based on performance and funding availability.

  • To work on design and development of electron cyclotron emission (ECE) diagnostics on domestic and international tokamaks

  • To work on the development of the ITER ECE diagnostics

  • To conduct and analyze experiments under direction of lead experimentalists and for disseminating, presenting and reporting research results. To publish scientific results in peer-reviewed journals and at scientific meetings

Required Qualifications

PhD in Plasma Physics or related area. PhD must have been received within three years from the date of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

Background in experimental physics. Experience in magnetic confinement fusion, with emphasis on transport and turbulence in tokamaks. Knowledge in turbulent/transport simulation suites such as TRANSP and TGLF.



Working Conditions
  • Work will be performed in an academic research environment

  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation

  • Work under pressure of deadlines

Required Materials
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV), including a list of publications
  • Statement of research interests
  • 3 work references with their contact information, at least one reference should be from a supervisor

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Employment Eligibility:

Please make sure you meet all the required qualifications and you can perform all of the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an ,complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


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Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form. You will be required to present acceptable and original to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



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