Post Doctoral Associate in Plasma Physics/Applied Mathematics

University of Maryland

United States

Posting Details

Position Number: 126207

Title: Post Doctoral Associate

Functional Title: Post Doctoral Associate

Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con

Applicant Search Category: Faculty

Unit: CMNS-IREAP-Inst Res Elec & Applied Phys

Hiring Range Minimum: 67000

Hiring Range Maximum: 67000

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The plasma theory group at the University of Maryland – College Park is seeking a postdoctoral associate in the area of stellarator optimization. The stellarator, a plasma confinement device that uses magnetic fields with carefully designed shaping, is a candidate configuration for fusion energy, as well as a general charged particle trap. The postdoc will work to understand how the magnetic field in a stellarator can be shaped to optimize confinement. In particular, methods of global and multi-objective optimization will be applied, along with an asymptotic expansion of the underlying equations. The project will involve some amount of both analytic theory and scientific computing. The project could be weighted more towards theory or towards numerical work, depending on the candidate’s interests.

Minimum Qualifications:

• PhD in a related field such as plasma physics or applied mathematics. If you have not yet defended, indicate your expected defense date.
• Fluency in one or more of the following languages: python, C++, fortran, Matlab, Mathematica.
• Previous experience with stellarators is an advantage but is not necessary.

Additional Information:

The start date is flexible.

This appointment will initially be for two years. There may be a possibility of extension contingent upon mutual agreement and the availability of funds. Salary is expected to start at $67,000.

Applicants should provide the following:

• A cover letter describing your interest in the position. Please comment on your experience with both analytic methods and scientific computing.
• A resume/CV, including complete list of publications.
• An example of some scientific code you have written (upload as Supplemental Document 1). You can provide either source file(s) or a web link.
• Two letters of recommendation, emailed to by the authors by the end of May 28, 2021.

For full consideration, applications should be submitted by the end of May 28, 2021. Contact Matt Landreman ( with any questions.

Maryland’s plasma theory group carries out research on a diverse range of problems, including space and astrophysical plasmas, fusion energy (including tokamaks, mirror machines, and stellarators), accelerator physics, laser-matter interaction, and basic plasma physics. We have a strong collaboration network with experimentalists and applied mathematicians, and are members of the Simons Collaboration on Hidden Symmetries and Fusion Energy ( Students and postdocs in our group are given strong support for career development, including opportunities to present at conferences and to build their professional networks. The postdoc position would be based in the University of Maryland’s Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP). Further information about the Maryland plasma theory group can be found at, and information about the stellarator group can be found at

Posting Date: 04/14/2021

Closing Date: 05/28/2021

Open Until Filled No

Physical Demands

Sedentary work. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Repetitive motion. Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Supplemental Document 1
Optional Documents
  1. Resume

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