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Research Associate in H-mode Pedestal Physics

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This is an opportunity for a postdoctoral research associate with experience in plasma physics to join a collaboration between General Atomics San Diego, the University of York, and the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE). You will be based in the UK, with visits to General Atomics (GA), working primarily with Dr Phil Snyder and Dr Thomas Osborne (GA), Prof. Howard Wilson and Dr David Dickinson (York).

You will work to improve understanding of the H-mode pedestal in low aspect-ratio tokamaks, using and improving the EPED computational tool and its underlying theoretical model. You will then use this improved understanding to achieve high pedestal performance in experiments on the MAST-U spherical tokamak, including regimes such as Super H-mode and QH-mode. In addition you will work to develop and improve the H-mode pedestal analysis tools, and to integrate them into the OMFIT framework.

The present post is one of three postdoctoral researchers we are seeking, funded through General Atomics under contract to the US Department of Energy. This is an international collaboration, and you will be expected to make an international impact through your research outputs. Funding is available for international conferences and research visits.

The initial contract term is for one year, renewable annually subject to performance. We anticipate that this will extend until the end of the currently funded period in June 2021, subject to agreement by all parties.


The Department of Physics is at the forefront of pioneering global research and technological advancement in our world leading research centres, focused around condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, and plasma physics and fusion energy at the York Plasma Institute. As a Department we strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We aim to ensure that there is a supportive and egalitarian culture at all levels and across all staff groups. We promote good practice and a strong culture of equality in higher education, and are proud of our Juno Champion Award and Athena SWAN Silver Award.


  • To conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and to contribute to the production of research.
  • To assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects.
  • Writing up of research results and dissemination through publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • PhD in Plasma Physics, or related discipline
  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience
  • Ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination

For more information, please e-mail The closing date for applications is 9 September 2019

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