Plasma Physicist at Riverside Research | Powderkeg

Riverside Research is an independent National Security Nonprofit dedicated to research and development in the national interest. With revenues of $125M+, and a staff of more than 630, Riverside Research provides high-end technical services, research and development, and prototype solutions to some of the country’s most challenging technical problems. Riverside Research also supports advanced technical education and collaborates widely with university researchers.

The company was formed from a respected research laboratory at Columbia University and has a current focus on technical areas including Radar systems, Optics and Photonics, Electromagnetics, Plasma physics, Geoint, Masint, Systems Engineering, and Modeling & Simulation.

Riverside Research’s open innovation R&D model encourages both internal and external collaboration to accelerate innovation, advance science, and expand market opportunities. In 2015, Riverside Research expanded its facility in Dayton, OH, adding a 30,000 square-foot Open Innovation Center (OIC). The OIC is a collaborative R&D environment that fosters creativity, synergy, and ultimately delivers innovative solutions to current and anticipated challenges. The OIC sets the standard for collaborative innovation and is dedicated to promoting research across the company. Riverside Research has additional research facilities in Boston, MA; New York, NY; Centreville, VA; and Champaign, IL.

Job Number: 726

Riverside Research, an independent, not for profit organization chartered to advance scientific research, has an immediate opening in its Plasma Research Program. Riverside Research’s Plasma Program performs experimental and computational research in topics such as ionospheric physics, plasma turbulence, electromagnetic wave phenomenology and interaction, and space weather physics. Riverside Research is focused on expanding its current research program and has an immediate opening for an experimental plasma physicist. This is a full-time position at Wright Patterson AFB.

A successful candidate will perform basic and applied research in plasma physics, and work on contracts for the Department of Defense (DOD). The candidate must be a motivated researcher able to function independently without supervision, as well as in a team environment. Current efforts include the study of the phenomenology of electromagnetic and plasma waves in Earth’s ionosphere and magnetosphere, the mitigation of plasma sheaths around hypersonic vehicles.

All Riverside Research opportunities require U.S. Citizenship.

Job Responsibilities :

  • Perform basic and applied research in experimental plasma physics, involving sources
  • Plan, design, and conduct experimental testing and validation of theoretical models and numerical simulations
  • Design and fabricate diagnostics for use in experiment
  • Carry out both independent and collaborative research
  • Publish research in peer reviewed scientific journals, and technical journals.
  • Present results at external conferences, seminars, and or technical meetings

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance
  • PhD or master’s degree in Plasma Physics, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, or related field
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment as well as the ability to work independently
  • Experience working in a laboratory
  • Experience with programming (Matlab and/ or Python)
  • Possesses knowledge in operation and analysis of plasma experiments and plasma physics diagnostics
  • Record of achievement authoring scientific publications, technical reports and delivering scientific presentations

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with plasma sources
  • Knowledge of antennas, microwave circuits, and electromagnetic propagation
  • Experience with programming in C++ or Fortran
  • Experience developing control systems for scientific instrumentation
  • Experience with modeling
  • Experience working with Raspberry Pi computers
  • Experience with a customer-service oriented environment

Riverside Research strives to be one of America's premier providers of independent, trusted technical and scientific expertise. We continue to add experienced and technically astute staff who are highly motivated to help our DoD and Intelligence Community (IC) customers deliver world class programs. As a not-for-profit, technology-oriented defense company, we believe service to customers and support of our staff is our mission. Our goal is to serve as a destination company by providing an industry-leading, positive, and rewarding employee experience for all who join us. We aspire to be a valued partner to our customers and to earn their trust through our unwavering commitment to achieve timely, innovative, cost-effective and mission-focused solutions.

All positions at Riverside Research are subject to background investigations. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history and identity check.

Our EEO Policy
Riverside Research is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote without regard to race, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability/veteran, status as a protected veteran, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and local law.

If you need assistance at any time in our application or interview process, please contact Human Resources at 937-427-7074 or email A member of the HR team will be available to assist.

This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-741.5(a). This regulation prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability and requires affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities.

This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a). This regulation prohibits discrimination against qualified protected veterans and requires affirmative action by covered contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans.

For more information on "EEO is the Law," please visit:

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Plasma Physicist
  • Company
    Riverside Research
  • Location
    Lexington, MA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
Ready to apply?
Ready to apply?