Physics: Condensed Matter, Physics: Physics, Physics: Solid State
The Institute for Shock Physics (ISP) at Washington State University (WSU) is a multidisciplinary research organization, within the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), with a focus on understanding the response of materials under extreme conditions. 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 multiple openings for postdoctoral research associates and are looking for creative, self-motivated experimentalists who have the ability and interest to pursue challenging, interdisciplinary problems in a fast-paced research environment. These positions are located on the WSU Campus in Pullman, WA.
The scientific objectives for the postdoctoral research associate positions are listed below. Prior experience in shock wave research is not required. However, strong hands-on experimental skills and temperament to perform single event experiments are essential.
Optical Spectroscopy: Examine condensed matter phenomena – at the microscopic level – under dynamic compression, using time-resolved (ps-ns resolution) optical spectroscopy and laser-interferometry in single event experiments. The scientific objectives are to relate shock wave induced physical/chemical changes in condensed systems to the underlying atomic/molecular mechanisms. This position would be ideal for an experimentalist with an academic background in Physics or Physical Chemistry with hands-on research experience in laser-spectroscopy or related optical measurements to probe condensed matter phenomena.
X-ray Studies: Investigate the properties of dynamically compressed materials using in-situ x-ray probing in single event experiments. The scientific objectives are to provide an understanding of time dependent condensed matter phenomena at multiple length scales under shock compression. This position would be idea for an experimentalist with an academic background in Condensed Matter Physics, High Energy Density Physics, Optical Physics, or Physical Chemistry and research experience in conducting x-ray measurements (e.g. x-ray diffraction or phase contrast imaging) or using optical probing techniques. 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.
Dynamic Compression of Condensed Matter: Study the inelastic deformation mechanisms in solids subjected to high stress dynamic compression. Although a broad range of solids – from single crystals to heterogeneous/architected materials – are of interest, the choice of the particular solid to be examined will depend on the academic/research background of the individual hired in this position. Time-resolved (ns resolution) laser-interferometry measurements in single event experiments and their analysis will provide the basis for understanding the dynamic material response. This position would be ideal for an experimentalist with an academic background in Solid Mechanics, Materials Science or Solid State Physics and research experience related to the mechanical response of materials.
Only applicants who are currently in the U.S. and meet the following minimum qualifications will be considered for these positions: • A recent Ph.D. degree in the Physical Sciences or Engineering that is relevant to the postdoctoral position of interest. • Strong academic and hands-on, experimental research background with excellent problem-solving skills. • 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. • Personal attributes should include critical thinking; excellent communication skills, both oral and written; sound judgment; clear sense of purpose; and attention to detail.
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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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