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Associate Research Physicist - Low Temperature Plasma Simulations

Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey
Salary will be discussed during interview process.
Closing date
Jun 17, 2023

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The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) seeks to fill a post-doctoral research physicist position to perform plasma simulations for the modeling of low-temperature plasma devices for microelectronics and quantum information science. Applicants will have multi-disciplinary experience in material synthesis with proficiency in the fields of plasma physics and chemistry, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The applicant will develop a model of a plasma reactor for the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of diamond. Therefore, experience in modeling of plasma-material interaction with important aspects including plasmas that are not in the state of thermodynamical equilibrium is crucial. Particularly, experience in developing integrated models of plasma reactors for plasma processing and CVD is crucial.


Validation and verification of the code will be facilitated through collaboration with research and industry partners, and the candidate should be adept at managing and maintaining these relationships. Through these collaborations they will be asked to apply these codes to model micro-wave (MW) discharges for diamond CVD. The candidate should be proficient on the physics and chemistry which govern these devices, including the importance of self-consistent plasma formation in MW plasmas and impurity transport. A proven record of collaboration with experimentalists and demonstrated impact on experimental programs is desirable. Previous experience working with industry is beneficial.


A proud U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory managed by Princeton University, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is a longstanding leader in the science and innovation behind the development of fusion energy — a clean, safe, and virtually limitless energy source. With an eye on the future and in response to national priorities, PPPL also has begun a strategic shift from a singular focus on fusion energy to a multi-focus approach that includes microelectronics, quantum information science, and sustainability science. Whether it be through science, engineering, technology or professional services, every team member has an opportunity to make their mark on our world. PPPL aims to attract and support people with a rich variety of backgrounds, interests, experiences, and cultural viewpoints. We are committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility and believe that each member of our team contributes to our scientific mission in their own unique way. Come join us!


  • The candidate will be responsible for developing model of diamond CVD (70%).
  • The candidate will work with research and industry partners on modelling of industrial plasma systems (30%).


Education and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in Plasma Physics or Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Extensive experience in modeling plasma processing devices.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.


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