Postdoc Experimental Physicist (m/f/div)

The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics as an institute of the Max Planck Society for the Ad­vance­ment of Science (registered association) is one of the leading centers for fusion research and is engaged in developing the physical foundations for a future fusion power plant. The institute is affilia­ted to the European Fusion Programme.

The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald offers within the Stella­rator Heating and Optimization division (E3) a position for a postdoc (m/f/div) to operate the pellet injector and improve its performance and to develop and conduct experimental pellet programs on W7-X.

The institute is a world-renowned labora­tory conducting pioneering research in the field of magne­tic fusion science, being the home of the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator. Our inter­national research team focuses on plasma physics and engineering to advance sustainable energy solutions through con­trolled fusion reactions. One of the research objec­tives is the safe opera­tion of high power fusion devices. A reactor rele­vant pro­cess is the fueling of the burning plasma with hydrogen isotopes in the form of frozen hydrogen ice pellets. At W7-X, a pellet injector is available to investigate the pellet injec­tion and sub-sequent particle distribution within a fusion relevant plasma. The obser­vation of pellet ablation and plasma trans­port with appropriate diagnostic means as well as the understanding of the physical processes during the material distribution are essential for the development of a fusion reactor.

  • Operate and improve the pellet injector on W7-X
  • Write / maintain safety and quality relevant documentations and specifications
  • Conduct a scientific project within the framework of a large experiment
  • Develop and realize particle fueling and transport experiments
  • Evaluate the experimental data and publish them
  • Supervision of internship / bachelor / master students

  • PhD in the field of experimental physics
  • Knowledge / skills in vacuum and cryogenic physics
  • Fundamental knowledge in plasma physics
  • Very good command of written and spoken English
  • Independent-level German knowledge (at least level B2)

Your abilities

  • Ability to cope with and understand complex physics scenario
  • Ability to work constructively in a big international team

  • Research work within one of the largest scientific projects in Germany
  • Salary is according to the TVöD Bund grade E 13
  • Flexible working hours
  • Training and further education opportunities
  • Company pension scheme
  • Other social benefits

The position is limited to a duration of two years.

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.