Summary of Duties: The WSU Institute for Shock Physics is seeking to hire a Laser/Optical Physicist to work with scientists and engineers at a first-of-a-kind experimental user facility: The Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS) at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory. We are looking to hire an experimentalist who enjoys hands-on work and problem solving in a fast-paced, research environment. Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to: -Participate in the operation of the 100-Joule laser for laser-shock research activities, contribute to the design and conduct of laser-shock experiments, and work with scientific users. This also includes quantifying and archiving the laser performance for each shot. -Working with other laser experts, document and maintain safe operating procedures related to the laser and its control areas at the DCS. -Participate in the design, development, and use of optical equipment and systems, for laser-interferometry measurements and other laser-based diagnostics. -Work with the DCS users to prepare for experiments in advance. This includes providing guidelines for experimental design, as well as personnel safety and equipment operating procedures. -Contribute effectively to all aspects of the various research projects including assistance to DCS users; optimal and safe operations of the experimental facilities; ensure availability of experimental components, equipment and supplies; enhancement of experimental capabilities; and working effectively in a team setting to advance the DCS research mission. -Independently define and complete experimental projects and tasks; conduct and analyze research experiments and prepare reports and publications as appropriate.
Required Qualifications: A background in dynamic compression research is not required for this position. However, strong, hands-on experimental background and skills relevant to the position responsibilities are essential. The required professional qualifications and personal attributes are:
A Ph.D. degree in Physics or a related field with a strong background in lasers and optics.
Demonstrated strong hands-on ability with the design and optimization of nonlinear optical systems and associated diagnostic equipment.
Strong interest in being involved in all aspects of DCS user experiments.
Good familiarity with hardware and software required to support user experiments on a large-scale laser.
Good computer skills, including experience with programs for instrument control and analysis, such as LabView and Matlab.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Ability to effectively work independently and in a team environment, as needed.
Personal attributes should include critical thinking, good judgment, clear sense of purpose, attention to detail, and accountability.
Must be able to obtain a badge at U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories to gain access to restricted areas.
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