Postdoctoral Associate

Job Number: 16418

Hours: Full Time

Date: August 10, 2018

The MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to scale our finite element simulations of superconducting magnets to world-class high performance computers (HPC).

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

Understanding the dynamics of energy propagation during quenches in superconducting magnets is a crucial part of creating reliable magnet systems. To this end, scientists at the PSFC are developing high-fidelity finite-element simulations of high-temperature superconducting magnets using the in-house built Petra-M, a physics-based modeling interface to the scalable MFEM library. Such simulations will be validated with small-scale experiments and then used to design full-scale magnet systems. It will be the role of this Postdoctoral Associate to develop the algorithms, processes, and framework to scale these simulations to be used on world-class HPC platforms. The Postdoctoral Associate will work closely with the Petra-M developers at the PSFC to complete this work.


  • A PhD in applied math or closely related discipline, experience in finite element modeling (FEM), and high performance computing is required.
  • Strong programming and numerical modeling abilities, familiarity with C++ and Python languages, and parallel computation concepts are desired. 
  • Knowledge of high temperature superconductors and experience modeling them is a plus but not required.
  • No plasma physics experience is needed for this role.

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.