Institute for Shock Physics Washington State University
January 24, 2018
Government and National Lab
X-Ray Scientist for the Dynamic Compression Sector at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne, Illinois
Washington State University (WSU) seeks applications for an X-ray Scientist for a first-of-its-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 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.
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 (peak stresses from a few GPa to over 350 GPa and shock wave durations from ~5 ns to microsecond).
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Interacting with users to conduct time-resolved dynamic compression experiments using x-ray techniques, such as x-ray diffraction, phase-contrast Imaging (PCI), and small/wide angle x-ray scattering (SAXS/WAXS). This includes setting up and characterizing the x-ray beam for users.
Support and maintain the components related to the DCS x-ray beamline including: vacuum systems, a Kohzu high-heat-load x-ray monochromator with a liquid nitrogen cooling system, several large Kirkpatrick-Baez (KB) focusing mirror systems, and x-ray beam choppers and shutters.
Design and implement experimental components used on the x-ray beamline and in the experimental end stations.
Initiate and participate in research activities, including new types of x-ray measurements and analyses, to advance the DCS scientific objectives.
The location for this WSU position is the Dynamic Compression Sector (35) at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory.
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. in Physics, or a closely related field • Strong academic and hands-on experimental research background in condensed matter physics • Experience with one or more x-ray measurement techniques such as diffraction, spectroscopy, or imaging • Experimental aptitude and temperament to conduct challenging, single-event experiments • Graduate or post-graduate experience at a U.S. Academic Institution or National Laboratory • Personal attributes should include critical thinking; excellent communication skills, both verbal and written; sound 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
Work experience at a synchrotron
Experience in conducting and analyzing dynamic compression experiments
The salary structure is both attractive and nationally competitive. Other benefits include health/dental insurance, vacation/sick leave, and retirement plans.
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. Paulo Rigg via email at email@example.com.
To ensure consideration, please specify the position (X-Ray Research Scientist) for which you are applying. We will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to do so until the position is filled. Please contact Dr. Paulo Rigg with inquiries regarding this position (firstname.lastname@example.org, 630-252-9854). For more information, please visit https://dcs-aps.wsu.edu/.
Due to the large volume of applications, we will contact only those selected for next steps.
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.
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Additional Salary Information: The salary structure is both attractive and nationally competitive. Other benefits include health/dental insurance, vacation/sick leave, and retirement plans.
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.