Postdoctoral position on Laser-Fusion Research at Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (INO) of CNR in Pisa, Italy

The Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (INO) of CNR in Pisa is seeking candidates for a postdoctoral position in intense laser-plasma interaction and laser-fusion research. The Group of the Intense Laser Irradiation Laboratory (ILIL) at INO has an internationally recognized expertise and an established track record in cutting-edge research devoted to the investigation and applications of high-intensity laser interaction with matter, including Inertial Confinement Fusion schemes as well as in laser-driven particle acceleration.

The postdoctoral position will allow the candidate to join experimental campaigns at world leader kJ–class laser facilities, collaborating with teams of scientists from leading European groups. The research will focus on the investigation of laser-plasma interaction in conditions relevant for direct-drive Inertial Confinement Fusion and, in particular, to the so-called Shock Ignition scheme.

The candidate is expected to carry out the design of experiments and to be in charge of execution of experimental runs, as well as the data analysis/interpretation. The candidate is also expected to pursue publication of the results in top peer-reviewed scientific journals and to present the results at international conferences.

The initial duration of the contract is one year, with a possible extension depending on performance and funding availability.

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Ability to carry out independent and collaborative research
  • Significant hands-on research experience in the laboratory
  • Willingness in taking part to experiments carried out in abroad facilities


Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with main simulation codes (e.g. GEANT4)
  • Sound academic training in fundamental laser-matter interaction physics.
  • Experience with data analysis using software tools such as Matlab or Python.


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