Research Optical Engineer (Argonne, IL)

Oct 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Research Optical Engineer (Argonne, IL)

Employee Type: AP-Administrative Professional

Position Number: 117874

Work Location: Other

Summary of Duties:
Washington State University (WSU) is seeking to hire a strongly self-motivated talented Optical Engineer (Administrative/Professional Staff Member) to support the research activities at a first-of-a-kind experimental user facility: The Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS) at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory. The DCS constitutes a new paradigm for understanding the dynamic compression and deformation response of materials on under extreme conditions. Real-time, atomistic-scale investigations of condensed matter phenomena can be undertaken in single event experiments through time-resolved, in-situ measurements utilizing the tunable, high energy X-ray capabilities at the APS.

The position is located at the DCS in Argonne, IL; however, initially, the individual hired in this position will be temporarily located for training in Pullman, WA to obtain hands-on experience on the capabilities used to make measurements under dynamic compression.

We are looking to hire an experimentalist who enjoys hands-on work and problem solving in a fast-paced, research environment. The DCS research activities involve state-of-the-art, dynamic compression experiments that utilize X-ray and optical measurements on nanosecond time-scales to understand the response of materials at high dynamic stresses.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Take the lead in the design, development, and use of optical equipment and systems, for laser-interferometry measurements and other laser-based diagnostics.
  2. Participate in the design and development of research methodologies for a broad range of experimental projects.
  3. Independently define and complete experimental projects and tasks.
  4. Contribute effectively to all aspects of the research projects including assistance to DCS users; maintenance of the experimental facilities; ordering experimental components, equipment and supplies; and working effectively in a team setting.
  5. Conduct and analyze research experiments, and prepare reports and publications as appropriate.

Required Qualifications:
A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline and experience performing professional-level work with scientific or engineering research protocols. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. Experimental and analytical skills; understanding and knowledge of research theory; excellent organizational and project management skills.

Posting Open Date: 09/22/2017

Posting Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

To apply, visit

Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Educator and Employer.