You must identify a hosting facility and potential mentor currently conducting or directing research in an area  related to Fusion Energy Sciences (FES). You may propose another hosting facility other than the facilities included in the list below including facilities supported by private industry.

The following list of facilities have agreed to host current FES applicants for the current application cycle.  If you need assistance obtaining a hosting facility, please contact the facilities list below:


LaserNetUS Facilities:

LaserNetUS is a scientific ecosystem established by the U.S. Department of Energy to advance and promote Intense Ultrafast Laser Science and application. The network achieves its mission by advancing the frontiers of laser-science research, by providing students and scientists with broad access to unique facilities and enabling technologies, by fostering collaboration among researchers and networks from around the world, and by enabling the private sector to carry out R&D and collaborate with academic institutions and national laboratories.

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General Atomics – DIII-D

POC: Dr. Craig Petty
Phone: 858-455-2831


General Atomics

POC: Dr. Robert Pinsker
Phone: 858-455-2074


Georgia Institute of Technology

POC: Dr. Minami Yoda
Phone: 404-894-6838
Focus:  Thermo-fluids of plasma-materials interactions, including helium cooling of divertor target plates


Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

POC:  Dr. Tammy Ma
Phone:  (925) 423-8902
Focus:  Our group focuses on short-pulse, high-intensity laser interactions with matter, laser-driven secondary sources, plasma optics, future light sources, innovative High-Energy-Density Physics (HEDP) research, and the development of high-repetition-rate diagnostics, targetry, modeling, and machine learning techniques.   

Please also contact Dr. Ma for help matching to a mentor across any of the other LLNL FES research areas including MFE experimental research, Fusion & Plasma Theory and Modeling, Fusion Materials and Technology, and other High-Energy-Density Laboratory Plasma (HEDLP).


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center
Contact: Paul Rivenberg
Phone: 617-253-8101


Oak Ridge National Laboratory

POC: Dr. Theodore Biewer
Phone: 865-574-2715


Ohio State University

Ohio State University High Energy Density Physics Research Group
POC: Prof. Chris Orban
Phone: 740-725-6368

Focus: Our group at OSU specializes in ultra-intense laser science and targetry, including collaborations with other labs pursuing similar goals. We are home to the SCARLET laser, which is part of DOE LaserNetUS. The postdoc position would involve experimentally-motivated theoretical/simulation work


Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

POC: Dr. Rajesh Maingi
Phone: 609-243-3176
Website NSTX-U: 
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Princeton Satellite Systems

POC: Mr. Michael Paluszek
Phone: (609) 275-9606

Focus: Postdoctoral participants will join a team of PSS and PPPL physicists and engineers to diagnose and operate the Princeton Field Reversed Configuration experiment. The experiment is an odd-parity rotating magnetic field driven field-reversed configuration, an experiment into the plasma regimes of interest for eventual compact, portable D+He3 burning fusion reactors. Postdoctoral fellows with broad experience in theory, experiment, and modeling of both low and high temperature plasmas are recommended.


Purdue Quantum Science and Engineering Institute (PQSEI)

POC: Dr. Yong Chen
Phone: 765-494-0947

Focus: plasma-materials interactions, plasma science frontiers, and atomic-molecular-optical physics


University of California Los Angeles

Title: The science of ion cyclotron frequency range energetic ion driven instabilities in the DIII-D tokamak using novel internal high frequency Doppler backscattering

POC: Dr. N. A. Crocker
Phone: 310-794-5491

Focus: The Postdoctoral Fellow would exploit a unique high frequency Doppler Backscattering system (HF DBS) in collaboration with UCLA researchers to make ground-breaking advances in the understanding of energetic ion driven instabilities in the ion cyclotron range of frequencies in the DIII-D tokamak. These instabilities, referred to as coherent Ion Cyclotron Emission (ICE), are frequently observed to occur at low harmonics of the ion cyclotron frequency in beam heated tokamak plasmas.  They are of great interest in the fusion research community for their potential role in diagnosing the energetic ion population in burning plasmas. However they are poorly understood, in part because experimental investigation has been limited to measurements via RF antennae located outside the plasma.  The HF DBS diagnostic, recently implemented by UCLA in the DIII-D tokamak, offers the unique capability of measuring ICE density fluctuations inside the plasma.


University of California San Diego

Center for Energy Research – Fusion Energy
POC:George Tynan Principal Investigator, PISCES, DIII-D, Center for Momentum Transport and Flow Organization; Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Phone:(858) 534-9724


University of Washington

POC: Dr. Chris Hansen
Phone: 206-790-4543

Focus: Post-docs will join Dr. Hansen's experimental research group focusing on the study of inductive helicity injection on compact tori for fusion energy applications funded by CTFusion, Inc. and ARPA-E. As part of the Aeronautics & Astronautics department at the University of Washington, Dr. Hansen’s group is a part of a dynamic and diverse environment for plasma and fusion energy research with connection to other groups funded by private fusion ventures (CTFusion, FuZE), FES funded research, and cutting edge research in related fields such as plasma propulsion and non-linear control.


Xantho Technologies, LLC

POC: Diane R Demers, Ph.D.
Phone: 608-263-2967

Focus: Xantho Technologies is a small company located in Madison, WI and an international leader of ion beam diagnostic technology. We provide application-specific systems and innovative solutions for fusion energy research. Our efforts include design, fabrication, deployment, and operation of diagnostics; computer modeling of phenomenology; and experimental studies of fusion plasmas. Some of our activities presently include development of a heavy ion beam probe diagnostic for the W7-X stellarator at the Max Planck Institute in Greifswald, Germany; simulations, engineering, and applications of diagnostics in collaboration with (MST and HSX at) the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego, CA; and an SBIR project in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


The following list of facilities have hosted FES participants in the past: