Postdoctoral researcher to further advance the understanding of boronization aspects for fusion reactor conditions (m/f/d)

Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching

Type of Job

Young Researchers

Particle, Plasma and Quantum Physics

Job Code: 24/036

Job offer from May 06, 2024

The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics as an institute of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (registered association) is the largest centre for fusion research in Europe with about 1100 employees in Garching near Munich and Greifswald. The scientists are investigating the physical principles for a fusion power plant which - like the sun - generates energy from the fusion of light atomic nuclei. The research is carried out in seven experimental and theoretical projects aimed at developing nuclear fusion into an inexhaustible and safe source of energy for the future.

The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching offers an opportunity to participate in a post doctorate program to perform research activities in the division Tokamak Scenario Development (E1) which operates the ASDEX Upgrade (AUG) tokamak. Boronization, i.e. the coating of surfaces with boron-hydride layers is a key technique to provide stable plasma start-up and high performance operation conditions. With this technique comprehensive experience exists for AUG´s operation domain, however, an evaluation in view of the specific ITER fusion reactor requirements is still missing.
We look for a postdoctoral researcher to further advance the understanding of boronization aspects for fusion reactor conditions (m/f/d)

Your tasks

  • to optimize the glow discharge conditions, which are used for boronization
  • to perform residual gas analysis using quadruple instruments, including modeling of the results
  • to analyze samples using scanning electron microscopy and ion beam techniques

Your profile/Our requirements

  • PhD in experimental physics, chemistry or material science with strong focus on surface science
  • profound knowledge of plasma wall interaction and diagnostics
  • experience in the analysis of physics data

Your abilities

  • experience with Python, residual gas and surface analysis
  • ability to fluently present complex scientific and technical matters in English
  • enthusiasm to work in science and willingness to join an international team

We offer

  • an interesting job at one of the largest research institutes for fusion research
  • flexible working hours
  • training and further education opportunities
  • company pension scheme
  • family service
  • further social benefits (e.g. capital-forming benefits, discounted public transport tickets (MVV IsarCardJob) and travel allowance)
The position is limited to a duration of three years. The salary is based on the assignment of tasks and qualifications and goes up to pay group 13 according to the collective agreement for the public sector (TVöD Bund).
The IPP seeks to increase the proportion of employed women in those areas where they are underrepresented and explicitly encourages women to apply for this position. The IPP is committed to employing more disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply.

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Then we are looking forward to your complete online application until 02.06.2024.
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