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R&D Associate Staff Member- Particle Control and Fueling

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN
Closing date
Nov 26, 2021

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking applicants for an Experimental Plasma Physicist to participate in power exhaust and particle control research in support of the U.S. DOE Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) Program in the Office of Science.

In this role you will report to the Power Exhuast and Particle Control Group Leader in the Burning Plasma Section of the Fusion Energy Division and will interface closely with scientists and engineers from both within ORNL as well as external collaborators.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Provide science leadership in ORNLs fusion energy particle control program elements, working closely with worldwide magnetic confinement devices.
  • Contribute to the development and leadership of ORNLs pellet fueling research on a long-pulsed, magnetic confinement, fusion device the stellarator.
  • Routinely communicate results of analyses and experimental outcomes in high-impact presentations, reports, conference papers, and key peer-reviewed journals.
  • Work closely with a broad team within the ORNL core areas of plasma exhaust and particle control, diagnostics, fusion technology and theory/modeling.
  • Provide scientific direction, guidance and/or mentorship to fellow scientists and staff as a key member of the Power Exhaust and Particle Control research group.
  • Work to create partnerships with industry, universities, and other national laboratories to identify where ORNL experience and capabilities can make an impact and lead research proposals in response to solicitations, particularly in the area of long-pulsed magnetic confinement device research.


  • Candidate requires a Doctorate in physics or nuclear engineering (or related field).
  • Candidate should have at least 2 years of post graduate experience in experimental research environments.
  • Demonstrated success in at least some aspect of designing, building, and operating plasma diagnostics and measurement systems for fusion plasma devices.
  • Excellent communication skills as evidenced by previous reports, papers, and presentations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work individually and/or as part of a team, including participation at remote facilities, and contribute based on knowledge and experience.

An ideal candidate will have one or more of the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated techincal acumen in any aspect of fusion energy devices particle control, e.g., fueling, neutral dynamics, and/or exhaust.
  • Experience with scientific data management systems and/or control software for precision scientific equipment.
  • Experience with plasma and/or neutral transport models and modeling codes.
  • Experience in one or more of the follow areas: control theory, sensor or actuator feedback control and design, and/or real-time automation.

Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.

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This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply. UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.
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