General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Scientist in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 18826BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: Scientist

Job Category: Scientists

City: San Diego

State: California

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Salary

Travel Percentage Required: 0% - 25%

Clearance Required?: No

Job Summary:

General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies. The GA Theory and Computational Science Department conducts fundamental research in the theory of fusion plasmas and facilitates scientific discovery through advanced computing. Located at the site of the DIII-D National Fusion Facility, the group provides theoretical and simulation and modeling support to DIII-D, as well as to ITER and other fusion experiments worldwide.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

We currently have an opportunity for an experienced Scientist in the tokamak scenario development and integrated simulation and modeling areas with self-consistent core, pedestal, and boundary coupling including fueling, heating, and current drive. This position requires general supervision with limited review and is responsible for determining and developing effective theoretical and computational approaches for solving a wide range of challenging scientific problems related to tokamak magnetic fusion research in the whole device and integrated simulation and modeling areas. The role is located in Torrey Pines, CA.


  • Participates in the development and integration of large equilibrium, transport, and stability codes and their applications to perform scenario development and whole device modeling of DIII-D and other tokamak experiments as well as ITER and other future devices such as CFETR, with self-consist fueling, heating, and current drive profiles.

  • Supports the overall integrated modeling capability of the Theory Group, in particular code integration, verification, and validation.

  • Participates in the planning and integrated modeling of experiments in present tokamaks and future devices and performs verification and validation of modeling codes.

  • Presents and publishes research results at professional meetings and refereed journals.

  • Provides documentation and makes technical presentations as required, and assist in responding to proposals for new or the expansion of existing business opportunities.

  • Leads activities of less experienced professional staff within the DIII-D team and Theory Group.

  • Familiarity with MHD and kinetic theory, boundary physics, and modern programming languages is desirable.

  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Job Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a Bachelor degree, Master degree, or PhD in scientific or related technical field and progressively complex scientific experience as follows; four or more years of experience with a Bachelor degree and two or more years of experience with a Master degree. Equivalent scientific experience may be substituted in lieu of education.

  • Must have; (1) a complete understanding of scientific concepts, principles, codes, and theory; (2) experience demonstrating a broad application of those concepts; and, (3) an expanding knowledge of principles, concepts, theory, and practices in related technical specialties. Must possess the ability to; (1) understand new concepts quickly; (2) apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment; (3) organize, schedule, and coordinate work phases; and, (4) determine the appropriate approach at the task level or, with assistance, at the project level to provide solutions to a range of complex problems.

  • Must have strong communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team; able to perform complex tasks in one scientific area; and, lead a team of less experienced professional employees on semi-routine tasks.

  • Able to work extended hours and travel as required.

  • Original work(s) published in professional scientific journals or formal technical equivalents are highly desirable.

General Atomics and affiliated companies is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, genetic information, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.