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Date posted 05/19/2016

Job ID#: 8729BR
Company: General Atomics
Job Title: Scientist
Job Category: Scientists
City: San Diego
State: California
Regular/Temp: Regular Employee
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Salary

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.

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 exciting opportunity for an experienced Scientist to work within our Magnetic Fusion Technologies (MFE) group in support of the DIII-D program in San Diego, CA, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor and other fusion facilities.  This position under general supervision with limited review will conduct high and lower power microwave system designs, analyses, fabrication, installation and operation of plasma heating and diagnostic equipment.


  • Design, analyze, manufacture, test, install and operate plasma diagnostic equipment.
  • Troubleshoot, repair and maintain diagnostic components and systems.
  • Work with scientists, engineers, and technicians to develop requirements for diagnostic systems and components.
  • Interface with the plasma diagnostic community.  Document designs, analyses, test results and conclusions, and communicates results to staff and community via technical presentations.
  • Design, analyze and test new diagnostic components and systems.  This requires familiarity with electromagnetic and light transmission theories, and the use of numerical simulation tools.  May develop and/or perform computational modeling of scientific phenomena.
  • Perform research and development efforts in development of new plasma diagnostic techniques.
  • Provide direction to engineering and technician staff.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Typically requires a bachelors degree, masters degree or PhD in scientific or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and progressive complex scientific experience as follows; four or more years of experience with a bachelors degree or two or more years of experience with a masters 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 millimeter wave, laser, visible light, and infrared generation, transmission and detection.

  • 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.

  • Experience with C, Matlab, Fortran, ZEMAX, Quickwave, HFSS or other similar software analysis packages. Working knowledge of MS Office Suite. Experience with Solidworks desirable.

  • 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.

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

  • Able to work extended hours as required.

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