Postdoc in Fundamental Plasma Physics (m/f/d)

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  • Germany
  • Posted 1 month ago

Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, Garching

Job Code: 23/015

Job Offer from February 11, 2023

The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics as an institute of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (registered association) is the largest centre for fusion research in Europe with about 1100 employees in Garching near Munich and Greifswald. The scientists are investigating the physical principles for a fusion power plant which – like the sun – generates energy from the fusion of light atomic nuclei. The research is carried out in seven experimental and theoretical projects aimed at developing nuclear fusion into an inexhaustible and safe source of energy for the future.

The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching offers within the APEX (“A Positron-Electron eXperiment”) Group, based in the Tokamak Scenario Development Division, a position for a Postdoc in Fundamental Plasma Physics (m/f/d).

Your tasks

  • The research will be at the intersection of experimental and numerical plasma physics, with a focus on diagnosing, optimizing, and capturing pulses of positrons from buffer-gas trap (BGT) systems.
  • Tasks include upgrading and commissioning a retarding field analyzer, to be used in characterizing BGT pulses; positron injection and confinement experiments in dipole magnetic traps; and the further development and exploitation of numerical tools to guide and interpret experiments.
  • You will also be involved in supervision, mentoring, and training of other scientists (e.g., students, interns, visitors, colleagues, etc.) to operate and exploit your experiment and simulation systems, as well as the dissemination of results.

Your profile/Our requirements

  • doctoral degree in plasma physics or a related field
  • experience with both experimental and numerical approaches to diagnosing collections of magnetized, charged particles
  • enthusiasm for fundamental plasma science experimentation
  • very good written and spoken English (the working language of the APEX Collaboration)

Your abilities

  • research expertise in technical areas relevant to the pair plasma mission (e.g., simulation of charged particles in a range of magnetic geometries; control and data acquisition for various experiment systems; detection and interpretation of annihilation gamma signals)
  • prior authorization to work in radiation-controlled areas and comfort with working in such environments
  • fluent German language skills, or the willingness to develop them

We offer

  • an interesting job at one of the largest research institutes for fusion research
  • flexible working hours
  • training and further education opportunities
  • company pension scheme
  • further social benefits (e.g. capital-forming benefits, discounted public transport tickets)

The position is limited to a duration of two years. The salary is based on the assignment of tasks and qualifications and goes up to pay group 13 according to the collective agreement for the public service (TVöD Bund).

Further information about APEX can be found here: and/or by contacting Dr. Eve Stenson ([email protected]).

The IPP seeks to increase the proportion of employed women in those areas where they are underrepresented and explicitly encourages women to apply for this position. The IPP is committed to employing more disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply.

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Then we are looking forward to your complete online application until 25.02.2023.

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