Research Associate

Job description

Working Title: Research Associate

Position Type: Professional Research Staff

Department: Department of Physics

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 12-09-2016

Posting Summary:
The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia is seeking a postdoctoral Research Associate in experimental AMO physics to explore and control coherent atomic and molecular dynamics driven and probed by intense, ultrashort laser and THz pulses.

The incumbent will work independently, and in collaboration with Bob Jones and other members of his research group, on a variety of projects including: intense laser ionization and fragmentation of molecules that have been transiently aligned/oriented by intense THz pulses; the use of nano- and micro-structures to enhance THz fields to manipulate electron dynamics in the presence of strong laser fields; and the use of attosecond electron wavepackets as time-resolved probes atomic and molecular potentials. Previous experience in strong-field/ultrafast AMO physics involving the use of intense femtosecond laser pulses to study atoms, molecules, and/or surfaces is preferred.

Candidates must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. degree in Physics (or a closely related field) prior to the appointment start date, and demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills. This is a one-year appointment, with the potential for renewal for up to two additional one year appointments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

To apply, please submit a candidate profile on-line through [email protected] (, and electronically attach a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional references; search on posting 0619992.

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2017 and the position will remain open until filled. The starting date is flexible but the position could be filled as early as February 2017.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to: Professor Bob Jones at [email protected]

Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or [email protected] should be directed to: Tammie Shifflett, 434-924-6565, [email protected]

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/29/2018
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