Postdoctoral Research Associate - Condensed Matter Physics

Job Details

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-06-17
Req: R-1526

Title:

306-NN - Postdoctoral Research Associate

Business Title:

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Condensed Matter Physics

Additional Titles:

Location:

Employee Type:

Faculty (+) (Fixed Term)

Job Family:

Faculty - Academic - Not OT Eligible

Position Details:

The Institute for Shock Physics (ISP) at Washington State University (WSU) is a multidisciplinary research organization, within the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), with a focus on understanding the response of materials under extreme conditions. WSU and three outstanding academic partners – Princeton University, California Institute of Technology, and Stanford University – conduct substantive research leading to advances/innovations in the field of Dynamic Compression Science. In addition, meaningful and mutually beneficial collaborations are undertaken with scientists at the NNSA Laboratories: Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, and Sandia.

To achieve the most extreme thermodynamic states of matter in the laboratory, ISP researchers use shock waves or dynamic compression. The dynamic compression experiments (shock wave and shockless compression) subject materials to unique conditions (very large compressions, high temperatures, and large deformations) on very short time scales (picosecond to microsecond), resulting in a rich array of physical and chemical changes. Research activities related to the dynamic compression of materials are extremely diverse and challenging. As such, the Institute for Shock Physics aims to strengthen ongoing efforts to enhance the long-term intellectual vitality of dynamic compression science, a field uniquely suited for studying/understanding condensed matter response under extreme conditions.

This position would be ideal for an experimentalist with an academic background in condensed matter physics. Prior experience in dynamic compression science is not required. The ISP provides in-depth training in dynamic compression science; however, strong hands-on experimental skills and a temperament to perform single event experiments are essential. WSU graduates and postdoctoral research associates in the field of shock physics have moved on to successful professional careers, particularly at the National Laboratories (NNSA and DoD).

Summary of Duties:

Conduct research related to understanding structural changes and inelastic deformation mechanisms in solids subjected to high stress dynamic compression. Although a broad range of solids – from single crystals to heterogeneous/architected materials – are of interest, the choice of the particular material to be examined will depend on the academic/research background of the individual hired in this position. The pump/probe experiments are conducted on a timescale which rivals that of the microscopic processes in the material. The near instantaneous transition to a high stress state associated with shock wave compression is probed with time-resolved (ns resolution) laser-interferometry measurements in single event experiments. The analysis of the ns pump/probe experiments provide the basis for understanding the dynamic material response.


Required Qualifications:

  • A recent Ph.D. degree in Condensed Matter Physics
  • Strong academic and hands-on, experimental research background with excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Graduate or post-graduate experience at a U.S. Academic Institution or National Laboratory.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment, as needed.
  • Personal attributes should include critical thinking; excellent communication skills, both oral and written; sound judgment; clear sense of purpose; and attention to detail.

Additional Information:

Area/College:

College of Arts and Sciences

Department Name:

Institute for Shock Physics

City, State, Zip:

Pullman, WA 99164

Department Link:

shock.wsu.edu

Monthly Salary:

Commensurate with experience, qualifications, and University guidelines

FTE:

100%

Tenure Track:

No

Permanent/Temporary:

Temporary

Screening Begin Date:

July 1, 2021

Background Check:

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.

Applicant Instructions:

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume and 2) cover letter. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements. Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application.

Required Documents:

  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

12 Month

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WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

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