Postdoctoral Associate

Job Number: 18062

Hours: Full Time

Date: October 3, 2019

The MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center is seeking two Postdoctoral Associates to join a project on millimeter-wave directed energy to open boreholes in deep rock. The successful applicants will conduct experimental and analytical research in a potentially game changing research and development program to apply intense energy to displace matter for mining geothermal energy. Research will include work with high power millimeter-wave gyrotrons, waveguide transmission and beam control technologies, real time diagnostics, and application to high pressure, high temperature environments to melt and vaporize materials.  Interfacing sensitive remote diagnostics colinear with a high-power millimeter-wave beam will be an important topic.  The successful applicants will be expected to make original research contributions, produce work for publication, and present work at scientific conferences.

REQUIREMENTS A Ph. D degree in experimental science or engineering is required.  Preference will be given to applicants with background in microwave to terahertz technologies, radiometers, and FM radar. Knowledge of computer codes such as LabView, Solidworks, and finite element analysis codes such as COMSOL for RF and thermodynamic modeling would be desirable.  A balance between analytic ability and hands on aptitude is desirable.  Travel to work with high power gyrotron systems at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee will be required. The associates must display outstanding scientific research ability, excellent communication skills, and the willingness to work both independently and with multi-intuitional teams.

Salary Range: $63,000 – $70,000


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.