Washington University in St. Louis is seeking applicants for a post-doctoral research position in physics, photonics, or a closely related laser-tech field to work on the development of a novel laser architecture for a future lunar in situ resource utilization (ISRU) application.
The successful applicant will join the team designing the Water Regolith Analysis for Grounded Lunar 3d Reconnaissance (WRANGL3R) instrument, funded under a recent NASA Lunar Surface Technology Research (LuSTR) award.
As part of the WRANGL3R team, the successful applicant will work closely with PI at the Department of Earth and Planetary Science of Washington University in St. Louis (EPS-WUSTL) and with colleagues at Impossible Sensing (IMS), a St. Louis-based optical sensing company. They will be responsible for the design and implementation of the WRANGL3R laser, the integration of the laser with a drilling auger and spectroscopic optical pathway, and for the science validation activities on samples relevant for lunar in situ resource utilization.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Perform R&D in laser physics, including simulation, analysis, fabrication, assembly, and testing of novel solid state laser architectures.
Design and execute science tests to demonstrate program objectives.
Work in multidisciplinary teams that span different research areas, including laser physics, laser spectroscopy, and planetary geochemistry.
Highly skilled technical writing, including scientific presentations and publications.
Ph.D. degree in physics, photonics, or a related laser-tech field.
Demonstrated knowledge of laser physics and diode pumped solid state laser technology.
Proficiency in a programming language, such as Python or C++.
Experience with laser modeling and simulation software (e.g. ASLD or similar).
Experience with spectroscopy, laboratory measurements, and optics.
Interest in development of new technologies for planetary and space application.
Base pay commensurate with experience.
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