What if you could have an impact on the search for an abundant, safe, affordable, and environmentally sound means of generating electricity? This is the goal of fusion energy research at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), a United States Department of Energy national laboratory for plasma physics and nuclear fusion science. If that idea appeals to you, Princeton University's Research Computing department is recruiting a Research Software Engineer to join the fast-growing Research Software Engineering (RSE) Group.
In the RSE Group, we collectively provide computational research expertise to multiple divisions within the University. As a central team of software experts, we are focused on improving the quality, performance, and sustainability of Princeton's computational research software. Our group is committed to building collaborative and inclusive environments in which the best software engineering practices are valued, and to sharing and applying cross-disciplinary computational techniques in new and emerging areas.
In this position, you will be an integral part of the Gkeyll group in the PPPL Computational Sciences Department. Gkeyll is a plasma simulation code developed at PPPL that is used to model the behavior of plasmas in fusion devices like tokamaks. It is designed to run on high-performance computing (HPC) systems and is optimized for parallel computing, which allows it to simulate very large plasma systems with high accuracy. Gkeyll is open-source software that is actively developed by researchers at PPPL and other institutions, and new features and capabilities are constantly being added. Overall, Gkeyll is a powerful tool that helps researchers understand the behavior of plasmas in fusion devices, which is important for achieving nuclear fusion and developing new fusion energy technologies.
If you have a strong background in scientific programming, academic research, and an interest in nuclear fusion, you have the right skill set to immediately impact multiple high-profile research projects. This role functions within a dynamic, supportive team environment that permits diverse backgrounds to thrive, including those wanting to make a career change and those with non-traditional career tracks, educational paths, or life experiences. If this environment sounds like a strong match or even an exciting challenge, we encourage you to apply and use your cover letter to explain why you would be a good fit for the role.
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