Ultrafast XUV spectroscopy postdoc opening at Los Alamos National Lab, USA

C-PCS/Physical Chem & Applied Spectroscopy and CINT/Center for Integrated Nanoscience

What You Will Do                               

Experimental Postdoctoral Position in ultrafast extreme ultraviolet (XUV) spectroscopy of materials: the Physical and Chemical Spectroscopy Group (C-PCS) in collaboration with the Laboratory for Ultrafast Materials Optical Science (LUMOS) is seeking outstanding candidates to join our efforts to study and control material properties in correlated electron materials (i.e., magnetic and ferroelectric materials) through excitation with ultrafast XUV pulses.  The project will involve primarily table top experiments with higher harmonic generation (HHG) sources as well as experiments at XUV and X-ray Free Electron Lasers, depending on beam time availability. The postdoc will be part of a one-of-a-kind collaborative environment consisting of accomplished scientists in 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 http://cint.lanl.gov/facilities/LUMOS/.


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 (i.e. Ti:Sa laser systems such as regens and multi-pass amplifiers), ultrafast spectroscopy preferably in the extreme ultraviolet spectral range, experience working at x-ray or extreme ultraviolet free electron lasers. Demonstrated ability to work independently on complex laser spectroscopy experiments involving ultrafast laser systems, vacuum equipment, timing systems and interfacing with cameras and detectors.


Desired Skills:  Knowledge of ultrafast laser systems (titanium-sapphire) and high power ultrafast systems, Q-switched YAG lasers, ultrahigh vacuum equipment, Labview, Matlab and/or Phytho software and programming, condensed matter physics, excited state dynamics, nonlinear optics (e.g. second harmonic generation from probing material properties), knowledge of Magneto-optical effects such as MOKE or similar methods, and experience working at free electron lasers or other light sources or synchrotrons. Excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to work in a diverse Team environment.


Education:   A Ph.D. completed within the last five years or soon to be completed is required.


Notes to Applicants:  In addition to applying online on the LANL jobs site qualified candidates can email a copy of your CV and cover letter, or any questions to Pamela Bowlan (pambowlan@lanl.gov) and Nick Sirica (nsirica@lanl.gov).

Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States.  Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

Position does not require a security clearance.  Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Outstanding candidates may be considered for a Director's Postdoc Fellowship or for the prestigious Richard P. Feynman, Darleane Christian Hoffman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Distinguished Postdoc Fellowships.

For more information about the Postdoc Program, go to:

 https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php .


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