November 29, 2022

Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Fusion Energy Sciences

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Application Deadline: January 11, 2023 5:00 PM EST

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education is currently accepting applications for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) Postdoctoral Research Program.

What will I be doing? As a postdoctoral researcher in the FES Postdoctoral Research Program, you will conduct your proposed research related to the FES mission utilizing the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at your hosting facility.

Research must support the program mission, specifically in the following areas:

  • Burning Plasma Science: Foundations advances the predictive understanding of plasma confinement, dynamics, and interactions with surrounding materials.
  • Burning Plasma Science: Long Pulse explores new and unique scientific regimes that can be achieved with long-duration superconducting international machines and addresses the development of the materials and technologies required to withstand and sustain a burning plasma.
  • Discovery Plasma Science supports research that explores the fundamental properties and complex behavior of matter in the plasma state to improve the understanding required to control and manipulate plasmas for a broad range of applications.

Why should I apply? You will acquire experience and training in areas related to fusion energy and basic plasma science, have access to advanced equipment and facilities, increase your marketability in fusion energy disciplines, gain access to top scientists and gain insight into research and career opportunities through your experience. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from experts researching and experimenting with fusion energy.

Where will I be located? You are responsible for finding a hosting facility and securing a mentor, so you will be embedded in a facility whose research aligns with your research goals and who can provide the resources you need for your research.

What are the benefits? You will receive an annual stipend of $90,000 plus limited reimbursement for health insurance costs. The program will also provide a one-time $3,000 relocation allowance (if eligible). You will also receive a $4,000 travel allowance per year. Travel allowance can be used to support travel to FES-related conferences (domestic or foreign). An International Collaboration Supplement is also available (optional).

Am I eligible? You must be a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) to be eligible for this opportunity and have received a doctoral degree in appropriate science or engineering discipline within four years of the desired start date or expect to complete degree requirements prior to the desired start date.

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