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Postdoctoral Research Position: X-ray Studies of Dynamically Compressed Materials
The Institute for Shock Physics (ISP) at Washington State University (WSU) is multidisciplinary research organization with a strong focus on the Dynamic Compression of Material. WSU (as the lead institution) and three outstanding academic partners – Princeton University, California Institute of Technology, and Stanford University – conduct substantive research leading to advances/innovations in the field of Dynamic Compression Science. Research activities involving students, postdocs, and faculty members from different academic disciplines at the four participating institutions are emphasized to comprehensively address the exciting scientific challenges. In addition, meaningful and mutually beneficial collaborations are undertaken with scientists at the NNSA Laboratories: Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, and Sandia.
We have an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research associate (experimentalist) to investigate the properties of dynamically compressed materials using in-situ x-ray probing in single event experiments. The scientific objectives are to provide a multi-lengthscale understanding of the time dependent phenomena that occur in materials undergoing rapid compression. We are looking for a creative, self-motivated individual, who is excited about taking on the challenges of research on materials under extreme conditions.
This position is located on the WSU Campus in Pullman, WA. However, this work will involve travel to conduct experiments at the Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS), located at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL. More details about the DCS may be found at www.dcs-aps.wsu.edu.
Only applicants who are currently in the U.S. and meet the following minimum qualifications will be considered for the position:
A very recent Ph.D. degree in Plasma Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Optical Physics, Physical Chemistry, or a closely related field
A strong academic background and knowledge in areas related to condensed matter or materials science.
Experimental research experience using x-rays or optical probing techiques
Graduate or post-graduate experience at a U.S. Academic Institution or National Laboratory
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, demonstrated via scientific publications and technical presentations
Critical thinking, good judgment, clear sense of purpose, attention to detail, and accountability, as well as good interpersonal skills necessary for functioning positively in a multi-disciplinary team.
Preferred Qualifications: • Hands on experience with high intensity laser systems. • Experience with single event pump probe experiments. • Experience using x-ray diffraction or phase contrast imaging.
Prior experience in shock wave research is desirable, but not required. However, strong experimental skills and temperament to perform single event experiments are essential.
The salary structure is both attractive and nationally competitive. Other benefits include health/dental insurance, vacation/sick leave, and retirement plans.
APPLICATIONS Applicants should submit the following information to the attention of Dr. James Hawreliak via email at email@example.com: • Cover letter explicitly addressing the qualifications for this position and date of availability • Detailed curriculum vitae • Contact information for three professional references
To ensure consideration, please specify the position (Postdoc: X-Ray Studies) for which you are applying. We will begin reviewing submissions immediately and will continue to do so until the position is filled. Please contact Sheila Heyns, Senior Manager of Administration and Operations with questions (firstname.lastname@example.org, 509-335-5345).
Due to the large volume of applications, we will contact only those selected for next steps.
The Institute for Shock Physics Overview The Institute for Shock Physics (ISP) is a multi-disciplinary research organization that emphasizes scientific creativity and diversity in the physical sciences and engineering. The Institute is comprised of three locations with complimentary research missions: • 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) • Applied Sciences Laboratory - Spokane, WA: Transforming science into practical solutions (asl.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.
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