Postdoc opening in ultrafast optics and spectoscopy at Los Alamos, NM, USA

What You Will Do

Experimental postdoctoral position in ultrafast optics and spectroscopy: the Physical Chemical & applied Spectroscopy Group in collaboration with the Laboratory for Ultrafast Materials Optical Science (LUMOS) at CINT is seeking outstanding candidates to join our efforts to study and control material properties using ultrafast laser excitations. The project will involve primarily table top experiments using higher harmonic generation (HHG) sources and also some work with XUV and X-ray Free Electron Lasers at user facilities. The postdoc will be part of a one-of-a-kind collaborative environment consisting of scientists working in the fields of ultrafast spectroscopy, materials science, laser physics, condensed matter physics and molecular dynamics theory and materials synthesis. Some information on research projects and capabilities at LUMOS is available at .

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Strong hands-on, experimental background in at least one of these areas: higher order harmonic generation (HHG), high intensity ultrafast lasers such as Ti:Sa regenerative and multipass amplifiers, ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopy of condensed matter, atomic or molecular systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on complex laser spectroscopy experiments involving ultrafast laser systems, vacuum equipment, timing systems, optical design (i.e. building spectrometers and pump-probe experiments) and interfacing with cameras and detectors.
  • Strong record of scientific publications and conference presentations.

Education/Experience : Ph.D. in Physics, Physical Chemistry, Materials science, Electrical Engineering, Optical Engineering or any related field. All Ph.D requirements must be completed before starting this position. Only applicants within five years of completing their Ph.D are eligible for this position.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Hands-on experience with amplified ultrafast laser systems (titanium-sapphire regens or multipass amplifiers and lasers) and Q-switched YAG lasers, or similar high power lasers systems.
  • Hands-on experience building, designing and maintaining high vacuum systems.
  • Experience using Python, Labview and Matlab for instrument control and data analysis.
  • Knowledge of condensed matter physics, excited state dynamics and nonlinear optics.
  • Experience working at free electron lasers or synchrotrons.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • The ability to work well in a diverse team environment and independently

Note to Applicants: Qualified and interested candidates should apply online on the LANL jobs site and also email a copy of your CV, cover letter and any questions to Pamela Bowlan ( ) and Nick Sirica ( ).

Vacancy Name: IRC83910
Organization Name C-PCS/Physical Chemistry & Applied Spectroscopy
Req ID: IRC83910
Category: Postdoc