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Last updated: 11/24/2020

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Laser / Optical Physicist for the Dynamic Compression Sector at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne, Illinois

Washington State University (WSU) is seeking to hire a strongly self-motivated, talented experimentalist 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. The DCS constitutes a new paradigm for understanding the dynamic compression and deformation response of materials subjected to extreme conditions on short time-scales. Real-time, atomistic-scale investigations of condensed matter phenomena are undertaken in single event experiments through time-resolved, in-situ measurements utilizing the tunable, high energy X-ray capabilities at the APS.

Many of the experiments performed at the DCS utilize a wide variety of lasers that are integral to characterizing/understanding the shock compressed state of materials (e.g. pulsed high energy DPSS lasers, CW DPSS frequency doubled lasers, pulsed and CW high power IR and visible fiber lasers, short pulse low energy lasers, and pulsed and CW laser diodes). A wide array of optical detection and analysis approaches are also utilized, including fast photodetectors, image intensifiers, ICCD’s, streak cameras, and other state-of-the-art electro-optic instrumentation. While the primary responsibility of this position will be for the 100J laser, the successful candidate, after appropriate training, will also be expected to operate and maintain these systems, as needed for a broad range of user experiments.

Applicants should apply at by submitting a letter of application explicitly addressing the required qualifications for this position (see FULL JOB DESCRIPTION) and date of availability; detailed curriculum vitae; and the contact information for three professional references to the attention of Professor Y. M. Gupta. Due to the large volume of applications, we will contact only those selected for next steps.

November 24, 2020

Post-Doctoral Position in Development of Small Molecule Serial Crystallography

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral scholar position with NSF’s ChemMatCARS in the area of development of small molecule serial crystallography. Synchrotron x-ray techniques have been used widely and successfully in Advanced Crystallography spanning Charge Density, Resonant Diffraction, and Diamond Anvil Cell High Pressure single crystal diffraction. The development of Small Molecule Serial Crystallography techniques with combined time-resolved experiments is being pursued to study irreversible processes, where precise understanding of radiation damage of the crystalline material is required. This experimental program will utilize NSF’s ChemMatCARS advanced crystallography facility at Sector 15 of the Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). The successful applicant will also participate in supporting the general user program in advanced crystallography at NSF’s ChemMatCARS. Applicants should have obtained (or be about to obtain) a Ph.D. in experimental studies of chemical, physical, or materials science, or a closely related field. Prior experience with synchrotron x-ray scattering, strong programming skills in Python, Fortran, Linux OS, a background in crystallography, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work well with others are preferred. The ability to satisfy requirements to work at Argonne National Laboratory is required.

The anticipated duration of this position is two to three years, though extension beyond the first year will be by mutual consent. Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. Interested individuals should send a resume and arrange to have three letters of reference sent to Dr. Yu-Sheng Chen ( of the University of Chicago. Full details can be found here.


April 7, 2020






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