Postdoctoral Fellow Plasma Physics / Electric Propulsion

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POST DATE 9/10/2016
END DATE 1/6/2017

Agilent Technologies Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara, CA
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Doctoral Degree


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Join us at the California Research Center, part of Agilent's Spectroscopy and Vacuum Solutions Division, where we push the state-of-the art in vacuum and spectroscopy science and instrumentation.
We need your passion and talent in plasma physics/electric propulsion in order to develop cutting edge technology for next generation ion pumps. If awarded this fellowship, you would be responsible for:

- Creating and analyzing novel ion pump constructs and identifying opportunities to apply contemporary design concepts and methodologies

- Designing, developing, and debugging ion pump systems that drive a step change improvement in performance or cost.

- Presenting your results to our international partners and to the broader technical staff

Required qualifications:

- Ph.D. in plasma physics, applied physics, or related field received within the last two years

- Design and operation of low-pressure plasma sources, especially electric propulsion systems such as Hall-effect thrusters

- Plasma diagnostics such as probes (such as Langmuir probes, retarding-potential analyzers) and laser diagnostics (such as laser-induced fluorescence)

- Design and operation of vacuum systems

- Generation of magnetic fields via electromagnets and permanent magnets

- Track record of novel research via publications, patents, etc.

- Superb analytical skills and decision-making ability

- Excellent communication skills and capacity to excel in a multidisciplinary, international team

Desired qualifications:

- Computational simulation of low-pressure plasmas and/or vacuum electronic devices

- Knowledge of plasma chemistry

- Design and operation of electron sources (such as thermionic or field emission devices)

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