Two openings for Postdoctoral Research Associates in the solid- and gas-phase attosecond dynamics, University of Central Florida, USA.

The University of Central Florida (UCF) has two openings for Postdoctoral Research Associates in the solid- and gas-phase attosecond dynamics. We are a small, tight-knit research group (typically 1-2 postdocs, 4-5 PhD students, and 1-2 undergraduate students), working within a larger collaborative team in attosecond science at UCF. UCF is a diverse, metropolitan research institution located in Orlando, Florida, home to numerous natural and man-made attractions and a short drive from Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts. More information about the projects is detailed below.

Project 1: Attosecond Optoelectronics in Conventional and Quantum Insulators

This project involves fundamental studies of strong-field laser-matter interactions in solids, with the goal of developing optoelectronic devices capable of measuring and controlling arbitrary optical fields on attosecond time scales. The experimental work will focus on understanding transient electronic structures, micro- and macroscopic laser-driven currents, and transient energy transfer processes using a combination of high-order harmonic generation in solids, photoconductive sampling and other field-sensitive techniques, and time- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. The project is continuously funded for at least the next three years.

Project 2: Attosecond Interferometry of Gas-Phase Atomic and Molecular Dynamics

This project involves the use of attosecond interferometry to study excited state dynamics in atoms and small molecules. The experimental work will focus on generating and characterizing isolated attosecond pulses using a moderately high-power Yb:KGW laser amplifier, and studies of attosecond electron dynamics initiated by strong-field excitation in atoms and molecules using attosecond interferometry, attosecond four-wave mixing, and/or attosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. The project is continuously funded for at least the next two years.

Candidates must have PhD in Physics, Optical Engineering, or Electrical Engineering and a strong track record in experimental AMO physics, solid-state physics, laser engineering, or a related field. The strongest candidates will have experience with femtosecond lasers, high-order harmonic and attosecond pulse generation, time-resolved spectroscopy, ultra-high vacuum equipment, and LabVIEW programming.

The successful candidate is expected to take a leadership role on one of the above projects, but will have the opportunity to contribute to any ongoing projects in the lab and to develop independent research directions based on their interests. The initial appointment for the postdoctoral positions is anticipated to be for two years, and may be extended for up to an additional two years, contingent on funding. Applicants should send a cover letter, a CV, and the names and contact information for three references to Prof. Mike Chini (Michael.Chini@ucf.edu). Candidates who identify with groups traditionally underrepresented in physics and optics are especially encouraged to apply.