The X-ray Science Division of the Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) is offering a Postdoctoral position to conduct research on X-ray cavities for cavity-based X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs), future fully coherent hard x-ray sources of extreme spectral brightness. The work of the successful candidate will be focused on development, characterization and tests of X-ray-cavity optical components, X-ray-cavity detectors and monitors, cavity alignment procedures, appropriate software tools and eventually on cavity tests. The R&D will be performed in a framework of a joint ANL-SLAC (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory) project.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Considerable: The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in physics with solid knowledge in the following areas: optics (X-ray optics including), photon detectors, X-ray techniques. Considerable skills in experimental physics and experience of working with complex optical systems are required to develop, test, and characterize novel X-ray optics, and detectors. Competence in using complex software and ability to develop new software tools is essential.
Good: Successful candidate should have an experience of working at synchrotron radiation or XFEL facilities. Should be able to understand abstract physical concepts and the ability to synthesize experimental results into a proper theoretical framework. Good written and oral communication skills for writing scientific papers and presenting research results at scientific meetings are important.
Other: Knowledge of Linux operating system, LaTeX document preparation system, GLE or other advanced graphical tools, Python or other programming languages is desired.
This position description documents the general nature and level of work but is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all activities, duties and responsibilities required of job incumbent. Consequently, job incumbent may be required to perform other duties as assigned.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 407252
About Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, where talented scientists and engineers work together to answer the biggest questions facing humanity, from how to obtain affordable clean energy to protecting ourselves and our environment. Ever since we were born out of the University of Chicago’s work on the Manhattan Project in the 1940s, our goal has been to make an impact — from the atomic to the human to the global scale.
The laboratory works in concert with universities, industry, and other national laboratories on questions and experiments too large for any one institution to do by itself. Through collaborations here and around the world, we strive to discover new ways to develop energy innovations through science, create novel materials molecule-by-molecule, and gain a deeper understanding of our planet, our climate, and the cosmos.
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