Postdoctoral Associate

Job Number: 16418

Hours: Full Time

Date: August 10, 2018

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE, Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), to work in the area of finite element modeling (FEM) of high temperature superconducting (HTS) magnets. The research focusses on capturing the dynamics of electromagnetic and thermal energy propagation in HTS magnets. The successful applicant will develop scalable algorithms on high performance architectures appropriate for the sparse matrices generated  by FEM. Applications include quench propagation, thermal stress, sensitivity analysis and design optimization. This research will be performed working closely with other research staff.

MIT PSFC is an internationally recognized facility at the forefront of plasma physics and fusion energy research. It recently announced a new, accelerated pathway to fusion energy that is based on the development and demonstration of the world's highest performing superconducting fusion magnets and the design of the first net energy fusion device -- the SPARC tokamak. Additional information is available at

Requirements: A PhD in applied math or closely related discipline, experience in finite element model and high performance computing is required. Knowledge of high temperature superconductors and experience modeling them is a plus. Strong programming and numerical modeling abilities and familiarity with C++ and python languages and parallel computation concepts is desired. 

Applicants should send a CV, a publication list, and a statement of research interests along with three letters of reference.  The publication list may be included in the cover letter or CV download.

This position is for a one-year term with the possibility of one or two more one year re-appointments assuming satisfactory performance and the availability of funds. Job applicants should be prepared to begin by late Fall 2018. 

Resumes should be submitted with a cover letter specifically addressing why the applicant feels qualified for this position. Resumes without an acceptable cover letter will not be considered. Please apply for this position on the Careers at MIT website.