Computational Plasma Physicist (Remote Options Available)
Beavercreek, OH 
Posted 1 month ago
Job Description

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: 946

Riverside Research's Applied Mathematics and Physics Solutions (AMPS) group is seeking a Computational Plasma Physicist. Our team performs experimental and computational research in a wide range of diverse topics in plasma physics. Current research interests include topics related to the Earth's ionosphere and magnetosphere, the mitigation of plasma sheaths around hypersonic vehicles, and the development of novel microstrip based plasma devices. The ideal candidate has a strong computational physics background involving plasma physics and electromagnetics and will help us expand the research program and provide modeling capability for our various research activities. The candidate will participate in work funded by Riverside's Independent Research and Development (IRAD) program, and work carried out under contract for the U.S. government customers. This is a full-time position in the Dayton, OH area, with alternate locations including Boston, MA or Champaign, IL.

All Riverside Research opportunities require U.S. Citizenship.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Model various types of plasma (microwave, ionospheric, propulsion, etc.)
  • Develop, modify, and test internally created or open source codes for plasma physics, electromagnetics, and other related physics phenomena, as required
  • Carry out both independent and collaborative research
  • Author and coauthor technical proposals

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Physics, Engineering or closely related field, with at least 2 years of experience after degree was granted
  • Knowledge of plasma physics and electrodynamics at the graduate level are required
  • Experience in various types of plasma modeling (fluid, kinetic, etc.)
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment as well as work independently
  • Record of achievement authoring scientific publications, technical reports and delivering scientific presentations
  • Proficiency in writing and developing research proposals
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI Security Clearance

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience designing, developing, modifying and validating complex algorithms for plasma physics applications
  • Demonstrated conceptual and practical expertise in computational plasma physics, electromagnetics (EM), computational methods, or related area
  • Experience in software development using C++, Fortran, Python, etc.
  • Experience with commercial software packages such as VSIM, USIM, COMSOL, HFSS, CST, etc.
  • 5+ years of experience in computational plasma physics after degree was granted

Riverside Research does not mandate COVID vaccination as a condition of employment. However, proof of vaccination or negative test may be required to enter certain government facilities and sites. Vaccination requirements will depend on the status of the federal contractor mandate and customer site-specific requirements. To protect the health and safety of its employees, their families, and to comply with customer requirements, the company requires all employees to disclose vaccination status (upon hire).

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.

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


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Required Experience
2+ years
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