The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory seeks a post-doctoral researcher for a new project researching Machine Learning based approaches to controlling plasmas at high temperatures and pressures in a tokamak. Relevant knowledge for the position includes: System Identification using Neural Networks and Deep Learning; Reinforcement Learning; Adaptive Neural Control; Optimal and Model Predictive Control; State Estimation; Nonlinear control techniques such as Adaptive Control and Nonlinear Model Predictive Control; and use of software such as MATLAB/Simulink Python Keras and TensorFLow.
The methods will be tested first using PPPL's simulations of tokamaks and those that are successful will be tested on fusion reactors.
Researching Machine Learning based approaches to controlling plasmas at high temperatures and pressures in a tokamak.
Education and Experience:
A PhD degree in a machine learning, control, physics, or related discipline
A very strong quantitative background
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Excellent software development skills in Python and/or C/C++, MATLAB/Simulink Keras and TensorFLow.
A strong background in at least one or more of the research areas listed above
A strong interest in both machine learning and nuclear fusion.
Excellent presentation, writing, and communication skills
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW
Internal Number: 2019-11134
About Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is a collaborative national center for fusion energy research. The Laboratory advances the coupled fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research, and, with collaborators, is developing the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world. An associated mission is providing the highest quality of scientific education.