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Staff Research Physicist

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08540


Optical diagnostics of low temperature plasma at low and high pressures, including optical emission spectroscopy and laser-based methods. Participate in projects involving experimental investigations of cold plasma sources and plasma-induced chemistry in highly collisional environments, plasma-liquid interactions, high-pressure discharges under strong overvoltage, plasma processing of materials, and plasma-assisted synthesis of nanomaterials.   


  • Development, implementation, and use of various optical diagnostics of plasma, nanoparticles and plasma-facing surfaces in situ and in real time.
  • Writing proposals and leading projects on low temperature plasma and its applications.
  • Working with users of the Princeton Collaborative Research Center (PCRF).
  • Supervising students and technical personnel.                                                                                                                                                           


Education and Experience:

  • Must have completed PhD with an emphasis on plasma physics or closely related disciplines.
  • Sufficient post-graduate experience in low-temperature plasma experiments with various laboratory plasma sources and diagnostics.
  • Expertise and demonstrated experience in the following plasma diagnostics: Optical Emission Spectroscopy, Laser-Induced Fluorescence, Laser Scattering methods (Thomson, Raman, CARS, and Rayleigh), Laser-Induced Incandescence, and Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a record of working with and designing pulsed power sources, materials processing and synthesis reactors, nanosecond discharges, and dielectric barrier Post-graduate experience in developing, implementing, and use of plasma sources and diagnostic methods.    

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Expertise in optical plasma diagnostic methods and in situ diagnostics of nanoparticles synthesized in plasma generated by electrical discharges or lasers is highly desirable.  
  • Expertise in in-situ characterization of plasma-facing surfaces is advantageous.
  • Ability to work simultaneously on several different projects as a part of a team of researchers, students and technicians, and with users of the PCRF is required.
  • Ability to design and lead plasma experiments, as well as conduct analysis of experimental data, is required.
  • Proven capability to perform basic calculations and modeling in support of experiments is required.   
  • Aptitude to conduct an independent research program and to mentor younger scientists (PhD and postdoc) is necessary.                         


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

Salary Grade

RES, 02

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Driver's License Required

Posted: 2019-10-01 Expires: 2019-10-31

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