We have an opening for an experimental Postdoctoral Researcher with a background in pulsed power, high voltage, &/or fusion plasmas to advance the science and engineering of magnetic drive systems for magneto-inertial fusion and other high energy density science (HEDS) experiments on the National Ignition Facility (NIF). You will develop pulsed, single-shot high-field magnets and associated pulsed power systems for magnetizing NIF targets at up to 50T as part of a multidisciplinary team exploring the use of magnetic fields to improve NIF implosion performance for ignition (https://lasers.llnl.gov/news/could-magnetized-targets-improve-nifs-ignition-chances). In addition, you will develop this system for magnetizing targets used for high neutron and x-ray sources, Discovery Science experiments and magnetized liner inertial fusion research. This position is within the Laser Systems Engineering and Operations (LSEO) division within the Engineering Directorate.
In this role you will
- Design and execute experiments on NIF magnetic pulsed power systems to develop innovative high-field magnets for a variety of magneto-inertial fusion and HED NIF targets, including cryogenic targets, as part of a multidisciplinary team.
- Design, build, and commission new pulsed power systems, components, and diagnostics for increasing NIF magnetic field capability as part of a multidisciplinary team.
- Analyze and interpret electrical, optical, thermal performance data, leverage simulation and modeling tools in partnership with team members, to draw conclusions and plan experiments that improve understanding of electrical, material, and debris and shrapnel dynamic behaviors in high-field pulsed magnets, in order to enable a reliable high-field capability for the NIF.
- Collaborate with scientists, researchers, and engineers to accomplish research goals.
- Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
- Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals, and present results at external conferences, seminars, and/or technical meetings.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
- PhD degree in electrical engineering, physics, or a related field.
- Knowledge of and experience with one or more of the following: design and operation of pulsed power and/or high voltage systems; design and operation of diagnostics associated with pulsed power and/or high voltage systems, including laser and imager based diagnostics; design and execution of experiments producing pulsed high magnetic fields; experimental plasma physics in a related area.
- Ability to perform as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques, and execution, including developing innovative solutions to scientific and technical problems.
- Experience developing independent research projects, including publication of peer-reviewed literature.
- Proficient verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment and present and explain technical information.
- Effective initiative and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.