Arizona State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate working on the interaction of femtosecond lasers with relativistic electron beams and related laser technologies including terahertz (THz) generation. The areas of research span a range of topics important to the production of coherent x-rays from laser-electron interaction including high average power laser R&D, spatio-temporal pulse shaping, fs time-resolved diagnostics, and timing synchronization of multiple laser and RF systems at the 10 fs level. The successful applicant will join the team designing the Compact X-ray Free-Electron Laser (CXFEL) under a recent NSF midscale research infrastructure award. CXFEL will be a novel fully coherent x-ray laser capable of temporal and spectral shaping of the x-ray output that presents opportunities to develop an original research program in related ultrafast science. The successful candidate will participate in prototype experiments at ASU’s existing Compact X-ray Light Source (CXLS).
Simulation and R&D in laser physics including development of high power ps and fs lasers, spatio-temporal pulse shaping, THz generation, and novel laser-electron interaction geometries. 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.
15,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art accelerator, laser, and x-ray labs with precise environmental controls located within a newly constructed research building within ASU’s Biodesign Institute.Existing lasers include a 1030nm, 200 mJ, 1 ps Yb:YAG laser operating at 1 kHz and a 1030/515/258 nm, 1 mJ, 180 fs Yb:KYW laser also at 1 kHz both synchronized with a high-brightness 35 MeV X-band electron accelerator. These devices comprise the CXLS that produces tunable fs pulses of hard x-rays.
Applicants must have a recent Ph.D. (within the past four years) in Physics, Electrical Engineering, or a closely related field.
- Demonstrated knowledge of fs laser physics and technology
- Excellent verbal, presentation, and technical report writing skills
- Ability to work within multidisciplinary project team
Applicants are responsible for including a cover letter, CV, and the names of three professional references in their application through the Interfolio website: apply.interfolio.com. Emailed applications will not be accepted.
Application deadline is December 16, 2019. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.
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