Postdoctoral Research Associate - Ultrafast Laser and X-ray Science and Engineering


Arizona State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the physics and engineering of intense ultrafast x-ray beams with a focus on laser methods. The areas of research span a range of topics important to the production and manipulation of coherent x-rays including femtosecond synchronization of multiple laser amplifiers with accelerator RF systems; the physics of coherent x-ray emission; high average and peak power ultrafast laser amplifier development; x-ray optics and detectors; and sophisticated controls and diagnostics of photon and electron beams using optical techniques. 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 x-ray source that presents opportunities to develop an original research program in related ultrafast science.

Essential Duties:

​Femtosecond synchronization of multiple laser amplifiers with accelerator RF systems.  Development of high average and peak power ultrafast laser amplifier with phase and amplitude shaping.  Development of methods to produce and manipulate coherent X-rays.  R&D on x-ray optics and detectors, and sophisticated controls and diagnostics of photon and electron beams using optical techniques.  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, Optical Sciences and Engineering, or Electrical Engineering
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ultrafast laser and/or x-ray technologies
  • 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 – Ultrafast Laser and X-Ray Science Optics” 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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