Los Alamos National Laboratory Ultrafast Optics Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

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: high harmonic generation, high intensity ultrafast lasers, ultrafast lasers, ultrafast optics, ultrafast spectroscopy 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, (pambowlan@lanl.gov) , and Richard Sandberg (sandberg@lanl.gov).

Additional Details:

Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Marie Curie, Richard P. Feynman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Fellowships.

For general information go to Postdoc Program.

Equal Opportunity:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

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.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name: C-PCS/Physical Chem & Applied Spectroscopy

Job Title: Ultrafast Optics Postdoc

Appointment Type: Postdoc

Req ID: IRC62136