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R&D Associate, Theory and Modeling / NB50654670
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Job Location: Oak Ridge, TN

The Fusion and Materials for Nuclear Systems Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is seeking a research staff member to participate in theory and simulation research and development work in support of ongoing science and technology research for the U.S. DOE Fusion Energy Sciences Program in the Office of Science.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:
This position requires the conceptualization and performance of modeling research and development in the area of reconstruction-based multiphysics simulations and validation against experimental data, in the specific areas of magnetohydrodynamic equilibria and edge transport. Significant experience with reconstruction using high-performance computing is required, with familiarity with the VMEC, SIESTA, IPS, OMFIT, EPED, and SOLPS codes desired. The candidate will be responsible for the development of new reconstruction workflows, validating complex multiphysics simulations against experimental data from multiple toroidal confinement devices, and supporting a growing user-base as the simulation tools find routine application. Collaboration with other physicists and computer scientists in the development of simulation capability will be a regular function of the position. The position also requires interacting with the experimental plasma physics team at ORNL to coordinate validation efforts. The candidate will be expected to fully document work in technical reports and publications, effectively interface with project management and sponsors, and participate in the identification and development of research proposals.

Qualifications Required:
The position requires a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering or Physics with post-doctoral experience in an R&D environment. Excellent verbal, presentation, and writing skills are required to enable effective interaction and communication with technical peers, program managers, and collaborators. Candidate must be a self-starter and able to work independently or in a team. Preferred Qualification: Five years of reconstruction experience is required. Experience with theoretical plasma transport and equilibrium physics is required. Experience in the development and use of high-performance computing applications is highly desirable. Preferred Skills: Proficiency in using Fortran, C++, IPS, OMFIT, VMEC, SIESTA, SOLPS is preferred, as well as experience in the development of codes that take advantage of emerging computer architectures.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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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