Postdoctoral Research Position: Laser Spectroscopy
Applied Sciences Laboratory, Washington State University
August 8, 2018
Spokane , Washington
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Chemistry, Physics: Optics and Laser, Physics: Spectroscopy
The Spokane-based Applied Sciences Laboratory (ASL) of the Institute for Shock Physics (ISP) at Washington State University is a contract research organization that emphasizes multidisciplinary research activities in the physical sciences and engineering to undertake a broad range of applied science and technology projects for government agencies and corporations, including technology transfer for commercial applications. The scientific underpinnings to address the multidisciplinary challenges involve physics, materials science, chemistry, mechanics of materials, and computational modeling and simulations.
We have an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research associate to conduct various types of laser spectroscopy experiments for optical characterization of materials. Representative examples include: characterize irreversible phase transitions due to short-term heating, and to identification of materials or compounds through Raman measurements. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to a range of related research projects. We are looking for a creative, self-motivated researcher who has the ability and the drive to pursue challenging, interdisciplinary problems in a fast-paced research environment.
Only applicants who are currently in the U.S. and meet the following minimum qualifications will be considered for the position:
• A recent Ph.D. degree in Physics, Chemistry, or other closely related field • Strong academic and research background related to laser spectroscopy, interpretation of optical spectra (e.g., lanthanide photoluminescence, Raman scattering, etc.), and excellent problem-solving skills • Hands-on experience with optical spectroscopy equipment, including pulsed and cw lasers, spectrometers, CCD cameras, and data acquisition • Demonstrated experience in analyzing optical spectra, including pre-processing of data, statistical modeling and multivariate analysis, and analysis automation • Graduate or post-graduate experience at a U.S. Academic Institution or National Laboratory • Ability to work independently and in a team environment, as needed. • Interest to pursue challenging, interdisciplinary problems, and the ability to deliver proof-of-concept level results are essential. • Personal attributes should include critical thinking; excellent communication skills, both oral and written; sound judgment; clear sense of purpose; attention to detail; and accountability
Preferred qualifications include experience with nonlinear optical properties, and maintenance and alignment of lasers, boxcar integrators, and lock-in amplifiers.
Individuals with a strong desire to work in applied research within a contract research organization, and who are comfortable working within a milestone-driven project-management environment are encouraged to apply. This is an ideal position for a creative, self-motivated individual.
The salary structure is both attractive and nationally competitive. Other benefits include health/dental insurance, vacation/sick leave, retirement plans, and access to all University facilities. The position is located in Spokane, WA.
Application Process Applicants should submit a letter of application explicitly addressing the required qualifications for this position and date of availability; detailed curriculum vitae; and the contact information for three professional references to the attention of Dr. Hergen Eilers via email at email@example.com.
To ensure consideration, please specify the position (Postdoc: Laser Spectroscopy) for which you are applying. We will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to do so until the position is filled. Please contact Ms. Julie Cronnelly with inquiries regarding this position (firstname.lastname@example.org, 509-358-7700).
Due to the large volume of applications, we will contact only those selected for next steps.
The Institute for Shock Physics Overview The Institute has ongoing research activities at the following three locations: • Applied Sciences Laboratory - Spokane, WA: Transforming science into practical solutions (asl.wsu.edu) • Institute for Shock Physics - Pullman, WA: Combining research innovations and rigorous education (shock.wsu.edu) • Dynamic Compression Sector - Argonne, IL: Frontier of dynamic compression science (first-of-a-kind worldwide user facility) located at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory (dcs-aps.wsu.edu)
About Applied Sciences Laboratory, Washington State University
THE INSTITUTE FOR SHOCK PHYSICS
A multidisciplinary research organization within the College of Arts and Sciences, the ISP undertakes a broad range of fundamental scientific activities related to understanding condensed matter response under dynamic and static compression. Washington State University has a long and distinguished history of conducting research in dynamic compression science. In 1997, the Institute was established with support from the DOE (Defense Programs) to ensure a strong, long-term academic base for the DOE’s national security mission, and is currently funded through NNSA’s Stockpile Stewardship Academic Alliance (SSAA) program.
Continuum-to-Atomic level understanding is the pervading scientific theme of the research activities that emphasize integration of innovative experiments with theoretical and computational advances. Multidisciplinary efforts that combine expertise in Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, and Mechanical Engineering are underway to address several exciting and challenging scientific problems. In addition to the faculty within the Institute, students and faculty from several departments within the College of Arts and Sciences and... the College Engineering participate in the Institute’s research projects. Excellent research interactions are in place with the NNSA National Laboratories: Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, and Sandia.
A brief summary of the Institute’s activities follows. Experimental work, under dynamic compression, typically involves fast, time-resolved measurements in single event, impact experiments. Research projects currently underway include: time-resolved x-ray diffraction studies; pressure induced structural phase transitions; understanding of inelastic deformation and failure under dynamic loading; effect of material microstructure on dynamic deformation; chemical decomposition in energetic materials; development of fast optical methods to probe shock induced changes; effect of deformation on semiconductor properties; high pressure equation of state studies; and chemical and physical changes under static high pressures. Since Professor C. S. Yoo’s appointment in 2007, a strong static high pressure research program has complemented the shock wave effort. Very recently (Summer 2013), Professor Christian Mailhiot was hired to build a strong theoretical/computational research effort to complement the experimental activities.
State-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities are housed in the Shock Physics Building. Inaugurated in 2003, the building was designed specifically for shock wave research and represents a unique facility among academic institutions. The major experimental research facilities available for studying physical and chemical phenomena over a large range of length and time scales include the Impact Laboratory, Laser Shock Laboratory, Static High Pressure Laboratory, and the Compact Pulsed Power Facility. Among the Institute’s research capabilities is a Computational Facility designed to complement the experimental effort. Further details may be seen at www.shock.wsu.edu.
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