Research Scientist

Job Number: 18374

Hours: Full Time

Date: December 18, 2019

The MIT Plasma Science & Fusion Center is looking for an exceptional early-career scientist to carry out fundamental and applied research associated with the physics and optimization of the SPARC tokamak — a novel and powerful scientific instrument, designed to be the world’s first net-energy fusion experiment. The candidate would work as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers.

The focus of this job will be on Magnetohydrodynamics including plasma equilibrium, stability and control; disruption prediction, avoidance and mitigation; impact and mitigation of non-axisymmetric error fields; ideal and non-ideal MHD instabilities.

Duties will include:

  • Participate in and conduct MHD research on the SPARC facility including designing and conducting experiments.
  • Analysis of ideal and non-ideal MHD instabilities in SPARC requiring development and application of new theory.
  • Assessment of SPARC design for creation, reconstruction and control of its equilibrium linked to development of experimental programs, design of experiments and interpretation of results.
  • Development of control algorithms including optimizing strategies for plasma start-up.
  • Analysis of the sources of intrinsic, non-axisymmetric error-fields and development of strategies for their compensation in SPARC.
  • Development of strategies for disruption prediction, avoidance and mitigation.
  • Proven ability to lead experiments, author scientific papers and present research results at scientific conferences.


  • PhD in plasma physics
  • Additional 2-5 years of experience in magnetic confinement research with a deep and broad knowledge of magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) theory and practice
  • Experience with the science and computational tools for study of plasma equilibria, stability and control, including magnetic measurements and equilibrium reconstruction
  • Experience in the study of tokamak disruptions including prediction, avoidance and mitigation
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team of scientists and engineers

Salary Range: $75,000 – $90,000

CVs 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.