Postdoc in Ultrafast Vibrational Spectroscopy at Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, California, USA

Sandia National Laboratories are seeking a motivated postdoctoral experimentalist (job title: Postdoctoral Appointee) to work with Dr. Krupa Ramasesha on a newly funded grant for studying ultrafast vibrational dynamics in energetic materials. This project will investigate vibrational energy transfer in energetic materials under the influence of static pressure loading using ultrafast broadband infrared spectroscopy. This research will involve collaborations with theorists, materials scientists, and shock physicists with the goal of providing insight into femtosecond to picosecond vibrational dynamics and connecting observations to nanosecond chemical processes in these materials.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Operate ultrafast high-power laser systems and build optical set ups
  • Perform ultrafast broadband infrared spectroscopy of energetic materials in a diamond anvil cell using a plasma-based source of supercontinuum infrared pulses
  • Analyze and interpret experimental results in collaboration with theorists and other experimentalists and document findings in peer-reviewed publications

You will publish research in peer-reviewed scientific journals and present results at national and international conferences.

Qualifications Required

  • Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, materials science, or other relevant field
  • Ability to write peer-reviewed publications, evidenced by a strong publication record
  • Only U.S. persons (citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees or refugees) are eligible for consideration.

Qualifications Desired

  • Strong background in vibrational dynamics
  • Experience with ultrafast infrared spectroscopy
  • Experience with femtosecond amplified laser systems, nonlinear optics, and instrumentation
  • Demonstrated ability to address complex problems creatively, and to work effectively both independently and in a team
  • Experience with MATLAB, LabVIEW, Python, and related software

About theTeam

The Gas Phase Chemical Physics Department is part of Sandia's Combustion Research Facility (CRF) in Livermore, California, where over 100 scientists, engineers, and technologists conduct basic and applied research to improve our nation's capabilities in gas-phase chemical physics. Under the principal sponsorship of the Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences, the Gas Phase Chemical Physics Department conducts fundamental experimental, theoretical, and modeling research to develop a foundational understanding of the complex chemical reactions that occur either directly in the gas phase or influenced by it. Research areas include chemical dynamics and spectroscopy, advanced diagnostics, ultrafast physics and chemistry, chemical kinetics, multi-phase chemical physics, high-pressure combustion, and gas-surface interactions.

Position Information

This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment.

Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.


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