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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Advanced Computational Plasma Physics Modeling for Next Generation Technologies


Directed Energy Directorate, RD/Engineering, Applied Sci, and Computer Science

RO# Location
13.10.03.C0029 Kirtland Air Force Base, NM 871175776


name email phone
Michael D White 505-853-8172


We are looking for motivated researchers to help develop algorithms for NextGen plasma modeling. Among the technologies of interest are relativistic non-neutral plasmas for microwave radio-frequency (RF) enhancement and laser plasma research utilizing a range of computational methods including particle-in-cell (PIC), plasma fluid modeling, and kinetic theory. Two specific areas of research are in accurate modeling of complex microwave devices and the RF generation from ultra-short pulsed laser (USPL) derived filaments. For the microwave devices, we are interested in high-fidelity, fully conformal, relativistic simulation electromagnetic-PIC of complex geometries. For USPL, we are interested in simulation of Vlasov and collisional Boltzmann equations to handle the non-equilibrium modeling of the underlying physics. Successful candidates should know an advanced programming language such as C/C++ and/or modern Fortran, as well as the basics of parallel programming for large scale computing. Experience with high-order and/or spectral methods and advanced computer architecture hardware (such as GPGPU and or coprocessor [e.g. Tesla, Phi, etc.]) programming is a plus.



Houard, Aurélien, Liu Y, Mysyrowicz A: "Recent developments in femtosecond filamentation". Journal of Physics: Conference Series 497(1): IOP Publishing, 2014

Shizgal, Bernard: "Spectral methods in chemistry and physics". Springer-Verlag 2015


Plasma; Kinetic theory; Boltzmann; Vlasov; Particle-in-cell; EM-PIC; USPL; High-order/spectral


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$76,542.00 $4,000.00

$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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