Institute for Shock Physics, Washington State University
January 24, 2018
Government and National Lab
Engineering and Technology: Mechanical, Physics: Physics
4 Year Degree
The Institute for Shock Physics, a multidisciplinary research organization within the College of Arts and Sciences, invites applications from strongly self-motivated, talented individuals for a Research Operations Engineer position (Administrative/Professional Staff Member) located at WSU’s main campus in Pullman, WA. We are looking to hire a recent graduate having a strong experimental aptitude -- who will contribute significantly through hands-on experimental work in a fast-paced creative environment -- to work as a Research Operations Engineer in the Institute’s Impact Facilities.
The Institute’s overall research theme is “Understanding Materials under Extreme Conditions” and the research activities involve state-of-the-art experiments to understand the response of materials subjected to high dynamic stresses. The individual hired will be responsible for operating and continually improving the facilities required to create the “extreme conditions.”
The overall responsibilities for this position are as follows:
Safely operate and maintain all aspects of the ISP Impact Facilities, including the design, fabrication and assembly of experimental components and equipment. The operational responsibilities are strongly hands-on and require an excellent mechanical aptitude in a laboratory setting, including the use of specialized tools to operate and improve the Institute’s experimental capabilities.
Contribute effectively to all aspects of the experimental effort, including guidance and assistance to ISP research faculty and graduate students; ordering experimental components, equipment and supplies; and working effectively in a team setting.
Participate in the development and implementation of experimental techniques for a broad range of research projects involving high-velocity impacts.
Participate in the research experiments as needed; and prepare reports and publications as appropriate.
Because of the diverse nature of the research activities and the facilities in the Institute, the above list should be viewed as a representative, but not a complete, list of responsibilities.
Only applicants who are currently in the U.S. and meet the following minimum qualifications will be considered for this entry-level position.
A recent B.S. degree in Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field. For individuals with prior experience working in operating impact facilities, any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.
An excellent mechanical aptitude and demonstrated hands-on experience with fabrication, assembly, and repair of mechanical components.
Strong experimental background and hands-on experience with laboratory equipment and tools common in the physical sciences and engineering.
Strong academic background and excellent problem-solving skills.
Good computer skills, including experience with technical/design programs, such as LabView or 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.
Be able to lift at least 50 lbs., because of the need to move and assemble various experimental components and equipment. Must have fine motor skills, be able to climb up and down stairs in the laboratory, and move equipment as necessary.
Must be able to obtain a badge at U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories to gain access to restricted areas.
Ability / experience in using machine shop equipment (e.g. lathe, milling machine).
To apply, please submit application materials via the WSU Human Resource Services website: https://www.wsujobs.com/postings/36286. 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.
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.
WSU is an EO/AA Educator and Employer.
Recent B.S. in Physics, Mechanical Engineering or related field.
Additional Salary Information: 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.
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.