Experimental Postdoctoral Position in ultrafast X-ray science: the Physical and Chemical and applied Spectroscopy Group (C-PCS) in collaboration with the Laboratory for Ultrafast Materials Optical Science (LUMOS) is seeking outstanding candidates to join our efforts in nonlinear X-ray optics and materials with a focus on developing novel methods of characterizing soft and hard ultrashort X-ray pulses. This work will involve participation in developing a unique, high intensity source of soft X-ray pulses based on high harmonic generation using an intense Ti:Sa laser system. The soft X-ray pulses will be used for ultrafast spectroscopy experiments to investigate the nonlinear light-matter interaction at soft X-ray frequencies and also for novel methods of characterizing soft and hard X-ray pulses using visible cameras. This position will likely also include the opportunity to carry out experiments at an X-ray Free Electron Laser. The postdoc will be part of a one-of-a-kind collaborative environment consisting of accomplished scientists in ultrafast spectroscopy, materials science, laser physics, condensed matter physics theory and materials synthesis. Some information on research projects and capabilities at LUMOS is available at http://cint.lanl.gov/facilities/LUMOS/.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements: Strong hands-on, experimental background in one or several areas from the following list (preferred in this order): high harmonic generation, high intensity ultrafast lasers, ultrafast spectroscopy and/or ultrashort pulse characterization. Demonstrated ability to work productively on multiple tasks with minimal supervision. Demonstrated experience in gathering and interpreting technical data.
Desired Skills: Knowledge of ultrafast laser systems (titanium-sapphire) and high power ultrafast systems, Q-switched YAG lasers, UHV equipment, LabVIEW software and programming, solid-state physics, nonlinear optics, and experience working at X-ray free electron, synchrotrons, or with other X-ray sources. Excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work in a Team environment.
Education: A Ph.D. completed within the last five years or soon to be completed is required.
Notes to Applicants: In addition to applying online on the LANL jobs site, please email a copy of your CV and cover letter, or any questions to Pamela Bowlan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Richard Sandberg (email@example.com).
Where You Will Work
Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.