Postdoctoral Research Associate - Accelerator Physics and Engineering

Arizona State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the fields of physics and engineering of high brightness electron and photon beams. The areas of research span a range of topics important to the production of coherent x-rays including linac and RF system engineering, high brightness electron beam physics, photoinjector R&D, physics of coherent radiation emission, and sophisticated controls and diagnostics of photon and electron beams.  The successful applicant will join the team constructing the Compact X-ray Light Source (CXLS) within the Center for Applied Structural Discovery in ASU’s Biodesign Institute.  CXLS is a novel compact x-ray source that presents opportunities to develop an original research program in related ultrafast science.

Essential Duties:

R&D in high-brightness electron beam physics.  Operating magnet, RF, and pulsed accelerator systems. Operating photoinjectors and controls and monitors for diagnostics of photon and electron beams.  Training and supervising graduate and undergraduate students. Highly skilled technical writing including lab reports, scientific presentations and publications, and grant applications.  Working in multidisciplinary teams that span different research areas and academic units.


Initial experiments will occur at the MIT Bates Research and Engineering Center (Middleton, MA) through September 2018. The CXLS will then be recommissioned at ASU in a world-class purpose-built 20,000 sq. ft. accelerator user facility.  During the time of deployment at MIT Bates the successful applicant will be provided the option at no personal expense of a private room for lodging with convenient access to the MIT Bates facility and public transportation to Boston.


  • Applicants must have a recent Ph.D (within the past four years) in Physics or Electrical Engineering
  • Demonstrated knowledge of high brightness electron accelerator technology
  • Excellent verbal, presentation, and technical report writing skills
  • Ability to work within multidisciplinary project team

To Apply

Please submit to as a single pdf document the following materials:  1) a cover letter specifying relevant qualifications and training, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of current research interests and expertise (2-page maximum), 4) contact information for at least three professional references, and 5) list of recent publications.  Please include “Application for Postdoctoral Research Associate – Accelerator Physics and Engineering” in the email subject line.  Initial review of applications will begin on July 17, 2017; As long as the position is not filled, review will continue every week thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment.  Salary is $47,476 per year.

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access.  This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves.  Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines.  ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city.  ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and it welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe. ASU is in the Phoenix metropolitan area in Tempe, Arizona and is one of the largest universities in the U.S.

Arizona State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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