Open-Rank Research Scientist in Ultrafast Laser Science at CXFEL

We invite you to apply to our full-time open-rank Research Scientist position focused on developing and applying ultrafast laser techniques at the Beus Compact X-ray Free-Electron Laser (CXFEL) Laboratory at Arizona State University (ASU).


The Beus CXFEL facility comprises 12,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art laboratory space in the new Biodesign C building at the Tempe campus. ASU has embarked on a multi-phase project to develop powerful X-ray beams, beginning with the Compact X-ray Light Source (CXLS) presently in commissioning. CXLS combines a compact electron accelerator with high-intensity laser pulses to produce X-rays via inverse Compton scattering (ICS). The laboratory is equipped with a Yb:KGW femtosecond laser system providing ultrashort UV pulses for electron injection and a cutting-edge 200-Watt Trumpf DIRA Yb:YAG thin-disk regenerative amplifier delivering intense pulses at 1-kHz repetition rate for ICS in the hard X-ray regimes. A design effort is also underway to develop a fully coherent compact XFEL as a second machine with high stability and pulse durations down into the attosecond regime. These unique ultrafast X-ray sources will be employed for time-resolved studies of atomic and molecular processes, quantum materials, chemical dynamics, and biological phenomena. For additional details, please see


Required Qualifications:

  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, Optical Sciences, Electrical Engineering or a closely related field
  • Extensive expertise in ultrafast laser science and basic familiarity with X-ray technology
  • Excellent verbal, presentation, and scientific/technical writing skills
  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary project team


Preferred qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in one or more of the following areas: high-intensity/power ultrafast lasers and optics, development of ultrafast laser and/or parametric sources, applications of lasers to accelerator or XFEL experiments, laser timing and synchronization, and light-matter interactions.


In this position, you will take on a leadership role in the design, development, and operation of advanced laser setups, femtosecond synchronization of multiple laser amplifiers with accelerator RF systems, and integration of sophisticated controls and diagnostics of photon and electron beams with optical techniques. Implement plans for OPA/OPCPA schemes to generate tunable femtosecond and picosecond laser pulses spanning UV, visible, and mid-infrared spectral regions. Conduct time-resolved x-ray studies in solid, gas, and liquid targets. Work in multidisciplinary teams and with facility users, in different research areas and academic units to perform cutting-edge experiments. Train and supervise graduate students, develop protocols and prepare reports. Review the scientific literature to develop research plans, interpret results, and publish scientific findings. Devise or help draw up new research proposals for funding along with producing content for research publications and presentations.


We only accept online applications through Interfolio. Please submit the following materials to

  1. A cover letter specifying relevant qualifications and training
  2. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  3. Publication List
  4. Statement of current research interests and expertise
  5. Contact information for three professional references


Initial review of applications will begin on April 13, 2020. However, as long as the position is not filled, review will continue every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.


A background check is required for employment. The full-time appointment will be initially for one year with the possibility of extension subject to performance and continued funding. The salary will be commensurate with achievements and experience. Questions should be addressed to Dr. Robert A. Kaindl (


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