General Fusion is actively developing full scale subsystems of its reactor to demonstrate that they can meet their performance targets. This includes full scale plasma injectors. Every step is matched with simulation to guide ongoing development work.
General Fusion invites applications for the position of Plasma Simulation Director. The candidate with relevant expertise will lead the development of simulations of the plasma physics relevant to tokamak plasmas, plasma compression techniques, plasma instabilities among others.
The Plasma Simulation Director will work closely with the technical leadership of General Fusion to specify plasma simulation tasks and to ensure those tasks are aligned with the rest of the development program. They will lead a variety of simulation projects related to the process of creating compact toroid (CT) plasmas, merging them to create spheromak or FRC targets, and compressing them to optimize fusion yield.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Providing leadership to and prioritizing and coordinating the work activities of General Fusion’s computational plasma scientists
- Managing the plasma simulation team’s tasks, goals, milestones and deadlines
- Further building the simulation team
- Coordinating and integrating the efforts of external plasma simulation consultants, and joint research with Universities and National Labs.
- Maintaining, and upgrading where necessary, General Fusion’s simulation software and computing resources
- Ensuring best practices are continuously implemented
Candidates for this position must have:
- Education: Ph.D. or equivalent degree in plasma physics, fluid mechanics, applied computer science or a closely related field.
- Proven experience in leading a computational research team in plasma physics or hydrodynamics
- Strong programming skills and a willingness to learn new methods
- Experience in running code on parallel machines is essential
- Familiarity with VAC, NIMROD and other fusion-related simulation codes is desired
- Familiarity with experimental methods and electromagnetic theory
The work involved in this project combines a wide range of skill sets, and the Plasma Simulation Director will need to become familiar with the full scope of plasma development at General Fusion and understand how simulation relates to the broader experimental process. General Fusion seeks individuals who are self-motivated, have good communication skills and are comfortable with creative problem solving independently and within a group.
Please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply you MUST be a citizen of the United States, or a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, others need not apply. Please reference DIRSIM in the subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.