The Radiation Hydrodynamics Branch at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC has been actively investigating Z-pinch dynamics, laser-target interactions and ICF, and radiation source development for over three decades. The research in the Branch is focused on: (i) Atomic physics and non-LTE ionization kinetics; (ii) Numerical simulations of multi-dimensional, resistive magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) and laser-driven implosions; (iii) Methods and applications of radiation transport; and (iv) Synthetic spectra and spectroscopic analysis in optically transitioning conditions.
The Radiation Hydrodynamics Branch is interested in candidates for a Postdoctoral Associate position who can initiate research into novel aspects of any or all of the above areas. Applications of the research presently emphasize energy coupling and radiation output from High Energy Density (HED) plasmas driven by Z-pinches or high powered lasers. Modeling efforts are done for both university scale and National Laboratory facilities. The primary objective is the continued development of state-of-the-art simulations that combine MHD or laser deposition with non-LTE ionization dynamics and non-local radiation transport. Publication of results is an important metric of success. The Postdoctoral appointment would be for two years, with potential for a longer term position.
A degree in the physical sciences or engineering related to plasma physics. A PhD is highly desirable.
Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or better for the latest degree.
Demonstrated quality communication and writing skills.
Interest and ability to work as a contributing team member.
Working knowledge of at minimum FORTRAN 77 – 90 programming language.
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible to apply.
A broad background in HED plasmas that will allow the candidate to participate in multi-disciplinary research within the Branch.
Experience in simulating plasmas and comparing with diagnostic measurements.
Experience and knowledge of numerical techniques.
About Naval Research Laboratory
NRL is the corporate research laboratory for the Navy and Marine Corps and conducts a broad program of scientific research, technology and advanced development. The Plasma Physics Division is the major center for in-house Navy and DoD plasma physics research. The division conducts a broad program in laboratory and space plasma physics and related disciplines, including high power lasers, pulsed-power sources, intense particle beams, advanced radiation sources, materials processing, and nonlinear dynamics.