Princeton University is seeking postdoctoral or more senior researcher(s) as part of a new multi-institution initiative 'Hidden Symmetries and Fusion Energy' funded by the Simons Foundation. The goal of the initiative is to build a mathematical and computational foundation for the design of stellarators for magnetic plasma confinement. Our multidisciplinary team includes experts in physics, mathematics, and computer science, specializing in areas such as magnetic field line flow, particle confinement, magnetohydrodynamics, multi-objective stochastic optimization, and scientific computing. The role of the Princeton researcher(s) in this project will be to develop computational tools for optimizing magnetic field and coil shaping to achieve particle confinement, maximizing integrability and quasisymmetry.Applicants should have a PhD in physics or a related area. Candidates will be expected to be proficient with analytic methods as well as able to program in Fortran and/or C. Previous experience with stellarators is not essential. The initial appointment is for one year, with the expectation of renewal for a second year. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience. The start date is negotiable. Note this position would be based at Princeton University; for opportunities with the Simons team at other institutions, please refer to the information below. Applicants must apply online and submit a cv, cover letter and contact information for three references at: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/8881. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site.Application materials: *1-3 page cover letter, describing your previous research, future research goals and career plans, and interest in the Simons project. Please comment on your experience with both analytic methods and scientific computing.*CV, including complete list of publications.We are seeking to recruit from as diverse a pool of talent as possible, and endeavor to preserve the Department of Astrophysical Sciences' reputation as a pleasant workplace with a lively and friendly scientific atmosphere which recognizes that technical innovations are an important intellectual contribution to the science produced.Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as they are received. Applications should be submitted by October 25, 2018 for full consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Further information about the 'Hidden Symmetries and Fusion Energy' project can be found here: https://hiddensymmetries.princeton.edu/. This position is subject to Princeton University's background check policyOther institutions in our Simons team (University of Maryland, Warwick, Cornell, University of Texas, Max Planck Institute and NYU-Courant) are seeking postdoctoral researchers to work on other elements of this initiative. Different responsibilities, requirements, and deadlines apply for these positions; consult the relevant institution for details.
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