Postdoctoral Scholar – The Center for Energy Research (CER)

University of California San Diego

The Center for Energy Research (CER) at the University of California, San Diego, is currently recruiting a postdoc with a focus on experimental research on plasma-wall interactions. The main experimental duty will be assisting with the set up and operation of an experimental test stand to simulate slurry flow and also experimentally simulate high heat flux exposure of the dried slurry as a plasma-facing wall component. The scientific focus will be on the development of a high heat flux-handling, disintegrating, ceramic-based plasma-facing conglomerate which can serve as the basis for a renewable low-Z first wall system with tritium recovery in future magnetic fusion based power reactors. The work will be in collaboration with other scientists and technical staff at the UCSD CER. Numerical work on simulating neutron damage on the proposed ceramic, in collaboration with Idaho National Lab, may also be a part of this project. 

The University of California employs about 5,963 postdoctoral scholars (approx. 1,200 at UCSD) who contribute to the academic community by enhancing the research and education programs of the university. The postdoctoral experience emphasizes scholarship and continued research training. UC’s postdoctoral scholars bring expertise and creativity that enrich the research environment for all members of the UC community, including graduate and undergraduate students. Appointment durations vary depending on the length of the research project and availability of funding. Total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at other institutions. The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) is the exclusive representative of the postdoctoral scholars.

Required Qualification: Doctorate degree or its equivalent in project area. Appointment is dependent on academic experience, scholarly achievements, skills and knowledge and needs of the ORU. A PhD is required for this position, ideally in plasma physics, chemistry, materials science, or a related discipline. Candidates must be able to work remotely.

Preferred Qualification: Postdoctoral or equivalent experience, and commitment to mentoring and research training service to build equitable and diverse scholarly environment. The preferred candidate will have a strong experimental background with experience doing hands-on work in a research environment. All candidates will be considered, but a backgrounds with experience in plasma-wall interactions, chemistry, or materials science will be given preference. A proven ability to analyze, model, and disseminate experimental data is also desired. 

Review of applications will commence on October 1, 2020 and will be ongoing. This recruitment will close December 31, 2020. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on published University of California pay scales. Applications (CV, Research Statement, Cover letter, and references, at minimum) must be submitted to the UCSD on-line application collection system, AP-On-Line Recruit, at:

The Office of Research Affairs and CER at UC San Diego is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the academic, staff, and student body. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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