Senior Scientist – Laser-Based Spectroscopy and Thermometry

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-11-18
Req: R0020041

Professor Patrick Hopkins in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, school of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia is seeking a Senior Scientist to assist in the measurements of thermal properties of solids, liquids and gasses at ambient and ultrahigh temperature conditions.

The applicant will be managing programs that are focused on:

-laser-based measurements of temperature, emissivity and thermal properties of materials at ultrahigh temperature and extreme conditions heated from high heat flux laser sources


-laser-based measurements of heat transfer at solid/solid, solid/liquid, and solid/gas interfaces with a focus on tunable short pulsed laser sources that can be used to spectroscopically resolve individual modes of heat transfer using nonlinear polaritonic responses of materials


-novel laser-based measurements of thermal energy storage in bio-based phase change materials

The candidate is expected to submit proposals as co-PI to support and further his/her research and the research programs of the lab group.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have completed all requirements for a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science or Physics (or equivalent). Extensive experience with time domain thermoreflectance, steady state thermoreflectance, and pump-probe spectroscopy using amplified laser systems and non-linear wavelength conversion systems are all required, including publications demonstrating the use of these techniques on solid, liquids, gases and/or plasmas. The candidate must also have specific research experience in short-pulsed laser interactions with solids, electron-phonon coupling analysis in metals, vibrational thermal transport in amorphous solids, liquids gasses, and their interfaces, thermal conductivity switching, and detection of polaritonic modes..

Candidates must have a record of excellence in publications, demonstrating the ability to publish several papers in high impact journals in the fields of physics, heat transfer, engineering and/or nanotechnology, and have demonstrated student teaching/mentoring. The candidate is expected to both maintain existing ultrafast pump-probe laser systems and build new pump-probe metrologies, work closely and advise students on these systems, and manage programs and projects that involve work on these systems.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at and attach a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and contact information for three references.

Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the CV box.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on December 19,

2020 and the posting will remain open until filled. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

This is a one-year appointment that may be renewed contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Patrick Hopkins, Professor, at

For questions regarding the application process, contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 11/20/2020
Application Due: 2/18/2021
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