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Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Physics & Astronomy at UCLA

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 Physics or a related field and have a demonstrated background in experimental plasma physics. The Postdoctoral position involves the use of advanced Doppler backscattering (DBS) and cross-polarization scattering (CPS) techniques as applied to fusion plasma research. These diagnostic techniques measure internal density turbulence and flows (DBS) and internal magnetic turbulence (CPS). These measurements are used to address important areas of fusion energy and high temperature plasma research including physics of plasma turbulence, thermal and particle transport, flows, spatial asymmetries, testing of simulations against experimental data, etc. These are very exciting areas of research with significant opportunities for journal articles and public presentations. We seek applicants with strong laboratory and technical experience and expertise. Experience with microwave diagnostics is a plus but is not required. The responsibilities of this position will include maintaining and operating DBS and CPS systems, close participation in experimental efforts, leading of 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 initially take place onsite at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility located in San Diego, CA. The qualified candidate should be open to long term work and travel overseas at the MAST-U spherical tokamak located at Culham, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a current CV, and letters (two) of reference/support to Dr. Terry Rhodes at trhodes@ucla.edu.