Open positions in Physics & Astronomy


University of California, Los Angeles
Faculty Position in Experimental Plasma Physics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invites applications for a full time faculty position at the assistant professor level in the area of experimental plasma physics. The Department is seeking outstanding candidates with the potential for exceptional research, the capacity for excellence in teaching, and a clear commitment to enhancing the diversity of the department. Individuals with a history of and commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the teaching mission of the department at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree prior to the anticipated start date, which is July 1, 2022. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

The UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy has active research programs in theoretical, computational, and experimental plasma physics which include particle-in-cell simulation, turbulence and transport in magnetized plasmas, the nonlinear optics of plasmas, intense laser and beam plasma interactions, plasma-based acceleration, magnetic reconnection, inertial and magnetic confinement fusion energy, high-energy density plasmas, and space plasmas. Outstanding candidates are sought with expertise in plasma experiment and research interests in frontier areas of plasma physics.

Initial review will start on November 29, 2021 and for full consideration, applications should be received by January 3, 2022, however applications will be accepted after that date and until the search is closed.

Apply online via the UCLA Academic Recruit website: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF06939. Candidates should please submit: a cover letter; a curriculum vita; a statement of research accomplishments, interests and plans; a list of publications; a statement of teaching experience or interest; and a statement on the candidate's past, present, or planned contribution to equity, diversity and inclusion. Please arrange through this website to have 3-5 letters of recommendation submitted as well.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy please cut and paste the following link into a browser: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct


University of California, Los Angeles
Faculty Position in Physics and Astrophysics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invites applications for a faculty position at the assistant, associate or full professor level, in the area of experimental quantum information science with an expected emphasis on research using atomic, molecular, and optical physics tools. The anticipated starting date is July 1, 2022. The department is seeking outstanding candidates for a tenure-track position with the potential for exceptional research achievement, the capacity for excellence in teaching, and a commitment to enhancing the diversity of the department. Outstanding candidates for a tenured appointment will have a commensurate record of exceptional research achievement and excellence in teaching at all levels. The appointee is expected to maintain a vigorous externally funded research program. A Ph.D. or equivalent degree is required. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Initial review will start on November 28, 2021 and for full consideration, applications should be received by December 18, 2021. However, applications will be accepted until the search is closed.

Apply online via the UCLA Academic Recruit website: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF06944. Please submit cover letter, curriculum vita, publication list, statement of research accomplishments and description of future research plans, statement of teaching experience and interest, and statement of contributions and commitment to diversity. Please arrange through this website for 3-5 letters of recommendation to be submitted.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy please cut and paste the following link into a browser: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.


University of California, Los Angeles
ASSISTANT RESEARCHER POSITION
IN EXPERIMENTAL FUSION AND PLASMA PHYSICS – UCLA

The Plasma Diagnostics Group (PDG–https://plasma-diagnostics-group.physics.ucla.edu) in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at UCLA invites outstanding candidates to apply for a full- time (100%) appointment as an Assistant Researcher in the area of Plasma and Fusion Physics. The appointee will engage in independent, creative experimental research within the broad area of fast-ion physics in fusion research plasmas in the National Spherical Torus eXperiment Upgrade facility (NSTX-U–https://nstx-u.pppl.gov), located at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in Princeton (PPPL), NJ, USA. The appointee will be stationed full time at PPPL and the position is open starting July 2022.

NSTX-U is an innovative magnetic fusion device in the spherical tokamak configuration featuring a powerful suite of plasma diagnostics and world-leading high power, high energy neutral beam injection capability. This capability will enable new opportunities for advances in many areas of fast-ion physics including fast-ion driven instabilities and fast-ion transport, as well as their interaction with turbulence and impacts on fast-ion current drive and heating. The appointee will work in close collaboration with other members of the PDG and the NSTX-U Research Team. The NSTX-U Research Team includes physicists and engineers from more than 30 other U.S. laboratories and universities and 20 international institutions from 9 countries.

The appointee will be responsible for identifying and pursuing novel, high-value opportunities for advances in fast-ion physics that exploit the unique capabilities of NSTX-U. In practice, this will consist of leading or collaborating in the design and execution of experiments in NSTX-U, the performance of related modeling and dissemination of the results through presentations at conferences and publications in peer reviewed journals. In addition, the appointee will help mentor UCLA students engaged in research in NSTX-U and will actively participate in the preparation of grant proposals and progress reports.

The Assistant Researcher position is an academic career position that encourages and expects the appointee to grow into a role of scientific leadership (https://www.apo.ucla.edu/policies- forms/the-call/professional-research-series/professional-research-series-1). The position potentially affords the appointee the opportunity to write proposals to agencies such as the U.S. DoE and NSF for funding to support self-directed research. The initial appointment is for two years with renewal subject to satisfactory professional development and renewal of funding. Salary will follow standards for the Professional Research Series and will scale with the appointee’s experience (starting at $80,800/year, as of 7/2021). The appointment includes health and pension benefits.

Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in Physics or a related field, and a demonstrated background applicable to the area of research. Ideally, the candidate should have at least two years related work experience following receipt of a Ph.D., although exceptional candidates with less experience will be considered. Candidates should provide a curriculum vita, a publication list and arrange for 2–3 letters of reference to be included with the application. The PDG and the Department are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive research community. Candidates should also provide a statement that describes their past, present, and planned contributions to equity, diversity, and/or inclusion. Please submit your application materials at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF06746. Applications should be received by November 30, 2021. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.


University of California, Los Angeles
STROBE Postdoctoral Fellow Position

The University of California at Los Angeles and the STROBE NSF Science & Technology Center are seeking candidates for a SROBE Postdoctoral Fellow to work in atomic electron tomography, coherent diffractive imaging (CDI) and/or ptychography. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art electron microscopes and/or coherent X-ray sources to study quantum, energy, disordered, and/or biological materials. Experience in S/TEM, CDI / ptychography, computational methods, phase retrieval, X-ray/electron imaging/diffraction or material characterization is preferred, but candidates with a strong background in other areas will be equally considered. Applicants should send a CV and a list of publications to Prof. John Miao (miao@physics.ucla.edu).

For more information, please visit www.physics.ucla.edu/research/imaging.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy Policy (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct).


University of California, Los Angeles
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. A qualified candidate should have received a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics or a related field and have a demonstrated background in experimental plasma physics. The Postdoctoral position involves implementing, operating, and utilizing two microwave diagnostics: Doppler backscattering (DBS) and cross-polarization scattering (CPS) diagnostics at the MAST-U spherical tokamak located at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Culham, UK. These diagnostic techniques measure internal density turbulence (DBS), turbulence 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, etc. These are very exciting areas of research with significant opportunities for journal publications and public presentations. We seek applicants with laboratory, technical, and software expertise. Experience with microwave diagnostics is a plus but is not required. The responsibilities of this position will include proposing new experiments, leading experimental efforts, data analysis using advanced numerical techniques, close participation in experimental efforts, 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 take place onsite at the MAST-U spherical tokamak located at Culham, UK. Hiring is contingent on having the right to work in the U.S. and a willingness to relocate to the MAST-U facility located in Culham, UK upon hiring. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a current CV, and two letters of reference to Dr. Terry Rhodes at trhodes@ucla.edu.


University of California, Los Angeles
Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Physics & Astronomy at UCLA/
                     DIII-D National Fusion Facility

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 plasma science or a related field (engineering, etc.) and have a demonstrated background in experimental science. The Postdoctoral position involves (1) the operation and maintenance of an advanced fast density profile reflectometer system, (2) improvement of the density profile software, and (3) the development of new data analysis techniques to extract density turbulence, coherent mode behavior, etc. This diagnostic techniques measures electron density profiles, turbulence, and coherent modes with good time and spatial resolutions (25 microsec and 0.5 cm). These measurements are used to address important areas of fusion energy and high temperature plasma research including physics of thermal and particle transport, spatial asymmetries, testing of simulations against experimental data using the synthetic diagnostics developed here, etc. These are very exciting areas of research with significant opportunities for journal publications and public presentations. We seek applicants with laboratory, technical, and software expertise. Experience with microwave diagnostics is a plus. The responsibilities of this position will include 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 take place onsite at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility located in San Diego, CA. Hiring is contingent on having the right to work in the U.S. and a willingness to relocate to San Diego upon hiring. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a current CV, and two letters of reference to Dr. Terry Rhodes at trhodes@ucla.edu.


University of California, Los Angeles
Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Theoretical Astroparticle Physics at UCLA

UCLA is inviting applications for a postdoctoral position to begin in October 2022. This appointment is for three years, contingent upon satisfactory performance and funding availability. The successful applicant is expected to conduct research in theoretical particle physics and astroparticle physics, and to interact with Prof. Graciela Gelmini, Prof. Alexander Kusenko, and other members of the department. Three letters of recommendation are required. https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/19771

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy Policy (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct).

Contact: Alexander Kusenko (UCLA) (kusenko@ucla.edu)
More Information: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/19771


University of California, Los Angeles
ASSOCIATE PROJECT SCIENTIST POSITION IN PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at UCLA seeks applications for a full-time (100%) Associate Project Scientist in the area of Plasma and Fusion Physics. The position will involve analysis of Doppler backscattering and cross-polarization scattering data, designing and performing physics experiments, writing and publishing scientific journal articles, public speaking, design of new diagnostics systems and repair of same. All work will take place onsite at General Atomics Corporation located in La Jolla, CA working on the DIII-D Tokamak National User Facility. Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in Physics or a related field and a demonstrated background in physics of Doppler backscattering and cross-polarization scattering, plasma and fusion physics, and design of experiments on a fusion research device. Candidates should provide a curriculum vita, a publication list, a statement on equity, diversion and inclusion and arrange for 2-3 letters of reference to be uploaded to UCLA Academic Recruit. Please submit your application materials at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF06689. The deadline for applications is August 15, 2021.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.


University of California, Los Angeles
Assistant Researcher (Experimental Plasma Physics)

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at UCLA seeks applications for a full-time (100%) Assistant Researcher in experimental plasma physics. Highly qualified applications may also be considered for appointment at the Associate Researcher level. The researcher will be associated with the Basic Plasma Science Facility (BaPSF) at UCLA, a DOE and NSF funded national user facility for fundamental plasma science. The duties of the position include the performance of an independent research program using the facility and direct support of the operation of the user facility (which may include maintenance of hardware/software infrastructure, design and implementation of state-of-the-art facility improvements, and assisting external users with the execution of their experiments). The appointee is expected to disseminate research results through publications in peer reviewed journals and presentations at conferences.

The Professional Researcher series at UCLA is an academic career position for appointees who engage in independent research and grow into a role of scientific leadership (https://www.apo.ucla.edu/policies-forms/the-call/professional-research-series/professional- research-series-1).Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in Physics or a related field, and a demonstrated background directly relevant to the duties described above. Ideally, the candidate should have a few years of related work experience following receipt of a Ph.D. Experience with design, fabrication, and operation of experimental apparatus, plasma diagnostics, and/or high- power electronics relevant to a mid-scale plasma experimental facility is highly desirable. Candidates should provide: a curriculum vitae; a statement of research interests; a publication list; a statement of contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and should arrange for 2-3 letters of reference to be uploaded to UCLA Academic Recruit. Please submit your application materials at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF06986. For full consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2021. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy at https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscriminatioHarassmentAffirmAction