Institute for Shock Physics Washington State University
December 18, 2017
- Entry Level
Government and National Lab
NOTICE OF VACANCY Postdoctoral Research Positions:
1) X-ray Diffraction Measurements in Shock Compressed Solids
2) Optical Spectroscopy under Dynamic Compression
The Institute for Shock Physics (ISP) at Washington State University is a DOE/NNSA “Center of Excellence” with a strong focus on the Dynamic Compression of Material. WSU (as the lead institution) and three outstanding academic partners – Princeton University, California Institute of Technology, and Stanford University – conduct substantive research leading to advances/innovations in the field of Dynamic Compression Science. Multidisciplinary research activities involving students, postdocs, and faculty members from different academic disciplines at the four participating institutions are emphasized to comprehensively address the exciting scientific challenges. In addition, meaningful and mutually beneficial collaborations are undertaken with scientists at the National Laboratories: Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, and Sandia.
We have immediate openings for two postdoctoral research associates. We are looking for creative, self-motivated experimentalists who have the ability and the drive to pursue challenging, interdisciplinary problems in a fast-paced research environment.
Both positions are located on the WSU Campus in Pullman, WA. However, the x-ray diffraction measurements research will involve travel to conduct experiments at the Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS), located at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL. More details about the DCS may be found at www.dcs-aps.wsu.edu.
Only applicants who are currently in the U.S. will be considered.
Position 1: X-ray Diffraction Measurements in Shock Compressed Solids
To undertake experimental research (and related analysis) to understand the microscopic response of shock compressed solids using real-time x-ray diffraction measurements in single event experiments with an emphasis on stress-induced phase transformations. Time-resolved (ns resolution), multiscale measurements (x-ray diffraction and laser-interferometry) are used to probe both the microscopic and continuum response in single event experiments. We are looking for a creative, self-motivated experimentalist who has the ability and the drive to pursue challenging, interdisciplinary problems in a fast-paced research environment. This position may be of interest to individuals trained in static high pressure research who wish to make a transition to dynamic compression research.
Unique qualifications for Position 1:
A very recent Ph.D. degree in Physics or a closely related field
Strong academic and research background in condensed matter/materials physics
Demonstrated, strong record of hands-on experimental research activities
Experimental aptitude and temperament to conduct single-event experiments
Although prior experience in shock wave research is not required, strong hands-on experimental skills relevant to condensed matter research and a strong analytic background are essential. Prior experience with x-ray diffraction measurements is desirable but not necessary. Ability and interest to undertake x-ray measurements/ analysis are necessary to be successful in this position.
Position 2: Optical Spectroscopy under Dynamic Compression
To examine condensed matter phenomena – at the microscopic level – under dynamic compression, using time-resolved (ps-ns resolution) optical spectroscopy and laser-interferometry in single event experiments. The scientific objectives are to relate shock wave induced physical/chemical changes in condensed systems to the underlying atomic/molecular mechanisms.
Unique qualifications for Position 2:
A very recent Ph.D. degree in Physics or Physical Chemistry
Strong academic and research background related to condensed matter research and excellent problem-solving skills
Strong experimental skills and hands-on experience in laser-spectroscopy or related optical measurements to probe condensed matter phenomena
Prior experience in dynamic compression research is not required. However, strong hands-on experimental skills relevant to the scientific objectives listed above are essential.
The salary structure is both attractive and nationally competitive. Other benefits include health/dental insurance, vacation/sick leave, retirement plans, and access to all University facilities.
Minimum qualifications for both positions:
Graduate or post-graduate experience at a U.S. Academic Institution or National Laboratory
Ability to work independently and in a team environment, as needed
Personal attributes should include critical thinking; excellent communication skills, both oral and written; sound judgment; clear sense of purpose; attention to detail; and accountability
Applicants should submit a letter of application explicitly addressing the required qualifications for this position and date of availability; detailed curriculum vitae; and contact information for three professional references to the attention of Professor M. D. Knudson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To ensure consideration, please specify which position (Postdoc: X-ray Diffraction Measurements in Shock Compressed Solids OR Postdoc: Optical Spectroscopy under Dynamic Compression) you are applying. We will begin reviewing submissions immediately and will continue to do so until each position is filled. Please contact Ms. Sheila Heyns with inquiries regarding this position (email@example.com, 509-335-1861).
Due to the large volume of applications, we will contact only those selected for next steps.
Additional information about the Institute for Shock Physics and Washington State University follows:
Shock Physics Building, Pullman, WA The Institute for Shock Physics Overview
The Institute has ongoing research activities at the following three locations:
Institute for Shock Physics - Pullman, WA: Combining research innovations and rigorous education (shock.wsu.edu)
Dynamic Compression Sector - Argonne, IL: Frontier of dynamic compression science (first-of-a-kind worldwide user facility) located at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory (dcs-aps.wsu.edu)
Washington State University Washington State University, one of the two research universities in the state, was founded in 1890 as the state’s land-grant institution and is located in Pullman with regional campuses in Spokane, Vancouver and the Tri-Cities. Due to its strong emphasis on excellence in research and education, the Carnegie Classification™ has designated WSU as RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity). Current enrollment is approximately 29,686 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The University offers more than 200 fields of study, with 95 majors for undergraduates, 79 master’s degree programs, 63 doctoral degree programs, and 3 professional degree programs. Academically, the University is organized into 11 colleges (Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Business; Communication; Education; Engineering and Architecture; Honors; Medicine; Nursing; Pharmacy; and Veterinary Medicine) and a Graduate School. For more information, please visit www.wsu.edu.
WSU is an EO/AA Educator and Employer.
Additional Salary Information: The salary structure is both attractive and nationally competitive. Other benefits include health/dental insurance, vacation/sick leave, retirement plans, and access to all University facilities.
About Institute for Shock Physics Washington State University
THE INSTITUTE FOR SHOCK PHYSICS
A multidisciplinary research organization within the College of Arts and Sciences, the ISP undertakes a broad range of fundamental scientific activities related to understanding condensed matter response under dynamic and static compression. Washington State University has a long and distinguished history of conducting research in dynamic compression science. In... 1997, the Institute was established with support from the DOE (Defense Programs) to ensure a strong, long-term academic base for the DOE’s national security mission, and is currently funded through NNSA’s Stockpile Stewardship Academic Alliance (SSAA) program.
Continuum-to-Atomic level understanding is the pervading scientific theme of the research activities that emphasize integration of innovative experiments with theoretical and computational advances. Multidisciplinary efforts that combine expertise in Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, and Mechanical Engineering are underway to address several exciting and challenging scientific problems. In addition to the faculty within the Institute, students and faculty from several departments within the College of Arts and Sciences and the College Engineering participate in the Institute’s research projects. Excellent research interactions are in place with the NNSA National Laboratories: Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, and Sandia.
A brief summary of the Institute’s activities follows. Experimental work, under dynamic compression, typically involves fast, time-resolved measurements in single event, impact experiments. Research projects currently underway include: time-resolved x-ray diffraction studies; pressure induced structural phase transitions; understanding of inelastic deformation and failure under dynamic loading; effect of material microstructure on dynamic deformation; chemical decomposition in energetic materials; development of fast optical methods to probe shock induced changes; effect of deformation on semiconductor properties; high pressure equation of state studies; and chemical and physical changes under static high pressures. Since Professor C. S. Yoo’s appointment in 2007, a strong static high pressure research program has complemented the shock wave effort. Very recently (Summer 2013), Professor Christian Mailhiot was hired to build a strong theoretical/computational research effort to complement the experimental activities.
State-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities are housed in the Shock Physics Building. Inaugurated in 2003, the building was designed specifically for shock wave research and represents a unique facility among academic institutions. The major experimental research facilities available for studying physical and chemical phenomena over a large range of length and time scales include the Impact Laboratory, Laser Shock Laboratory, Static High Pressure Laboratory, and the Compact Pulsed Power Facility. Among the Institute’s research capabilities is a Computational Facility designed to complement the experimental effort. Further details may be seen at www.shock.wsu.edu.