NOTICE OF VACANCY Research Optical Engineer for the Dynamic Compression Sector at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne, Illinois
Description of Position
Washington State University (WSU) is seeking to hire a strongly self-motivated talented Optical Engineer (Administrative/Professional Staff Member) to support the research activities at a first-of-a-kind experimental user facility: The Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS) at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory. The DCS constitutes a new paradigm for understanding the dynamic compression and deformation response of materials on under extreme conditions. Real-time, atomistic-scale investigations of condensed matter phenomena can be undertaken in single event experiments through time-resolved, in-situ measurements utilizing the tunable, high energy X-ray capabilities at the APS.
The position is located at the DCS in Argonne, IL; however, initially, the individual hired in this position will be temporarily located for training in Pullman, WA to obtain hands-on experience on the capabilities used to make measurements under dynamic compression.
We are looking to hire an experimentalist who enjoys hands-on work and problem solving in a fast-paced, research environment. The DCS research activities involve state-of-the-art, dynamic compression experiments that utilize X-ray and optical measurements on nanosecond time-scales to understand the response of materials at high dynamic stresses.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Take the lead in the design, development, and use of optical equipment and systems, for laser-interferometry measurements and other laser-based diagnostics.
Participate in the design and development of research methodologies for a broad range of experimental projects.
Independently define and complete experimental projects and tasks.
Contribute effectively to all aspects of the research projects including assistance to DCS users; maintenance of the experimental facilities; ordering experimental components, equipment and supplies; and working effectively in a team setting.
Conduct and analyze research experiments, and prepare reports and publications as appropriate.
Many of the experiments performed at the DCS utilize a wide variety of lasers that are integral to the measurement of the shocked state of materials (e.g. pulsed high energy DPSS lasers, CW DPSS frequency doubled lasers, pulsed and CW high power IR and visible fiber lasers, short pulse low energy lasers, and pulsed and CW laser diodes). A wide array of optical detection and analysis apparatus are also utilized, including biased and amplified photodiodes, APD’s, image intensifiers, fast framing cameras, ICCD’s, streak cameras, and other state-of-the-art electro-optic instrumentation. The successful candidate will learn to operate and maintain these systems, as well as design new systems, and select appropriate components to advance the capabilities of the DCS.
Only applicants who are currently in the U.S. and meet the following minimum qualifications will be considered for the position.
Background in dynamic compression research is not required for this position. However, strong, hands-on experimental background and skills are essential. The required professional qualifications and personal attributes are:
A recent Ph.D. degree in Physics or a related field with a strong experimental background in optical physics, optics, lasers or optoelectronics.
Strong hands-on ability with design and fabrication of instruments and experimental components.
Good familiarity with hardware and software required for photonic based experiments.
Good computer skills, including experience with technical/design programs, such as LabView and SolidWorks, and working knowledge of data analysis software.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Personal attributes should include critical thinking, good judgment, clear sense of purpose, attention to detail, ability to work effectively in a team, and accountability.
Must be able to obtain a badge at U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories to gain access to restricted areas.
The salary structure is both attractive and nationally competitive. Other benefits include health/dental insurance, vacation/sick leave, and retirement plans.
To apply, please submit application materials via the WSU Human Resource Services website: https://www.wsujobs.com/postings/34500 . Applicants should submit a cover letter addressing the required qualifications for this position, detailed resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references.
Questions may be submitted to Sheila Heyns, Senior Manager, Institute for Shock Physics, 509-335-1861, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information about the Institute for Shock Physics and Washington State University follows:
The Institute has ongoing research activities at the following three locations:
Institute for Shock Physics - Pullman, WA: Combining research innovations and rigorous education (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)
Washington State University, one of the two research universities in the state, was founded in 1890 as the state’s land-grant institution and is located in Pullman with regional campuses in Spokane, Vancouver and the Tri-Cities. Due to its strong emphasis on excellence in research and education, the Carnegie Classification™ has designated WSU as RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity). Current enrollment is approximately 29,686 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The University offers more than 200 fields of study, with 90 majors for undergraduates, 76 master’s degree programs, 64 doctoral degree programs, and 3 professional degree programs. Academically, the University is organized into 11 colleges (Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Business; Communication; Education; Engineering and Architecture; Honors; Medical Sciences, Nursing; Pharmacy; Veterinary Medicine) and a Graduate School. WSU has established a medical school with preliminary accreditation received in Fall 2016. For more information, please visit www.wsu.edu.
About Institute for Shock Physics/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.