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Research Optical Engineer (Argonne, IL)

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Please submit a cover letter addressing the required qualifications for this position, detailed resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references. *Applicant screening will begin October 9, 2017*

Posting Details

Position Details

Employee Type AP-Administrative Professional
University Title Research Operations Engineer
Working Title Research Optical Engineer (Argonne, IL)
College/Area College of Arts and Sciences
Department Shock Physics
Department Link

Dynamic Compression Sector

Position Number 117874
Hiring Unit ISP/Dynamic compression Sector
Work Location Other
Zip Code 60439
This position is in a Bargaining Unit No
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.
Additional Information

The appointment for this position is 12-month (annual) and is renewable year-after-year.

Many of the experiments performed at the DCS utilize a wide variety of lasers that are integral to the measurement of the shocked state of materials (e.g. pulsed high energy DPSS lasers, CW DPSS frequency doubled lasers, pulsed and CW high power IR and visible fiber lasers, short pulse low energy lasers, and pulsed and CW laser diodes). A wide array of optical detection and analysis apparatus are also utilized, including biased and amplified photodiodes, APD’s, image intensifiers, fast framing cameras, ICCD’s, streak cameras, and other state-of-the-art electro-optic instrumentation. The successful candidate will learn to operate and maintain these systems, as well as design new systems, and select appropriate components to advance the capabilities of the DCS.


The College of Arts and Sciences:
We are the largest academic unit in the WSU system and a powerhouse of research, scholarly, and creative activity.

Comprised of social, natural, and physical sciences, humanities, mathematics, and the arts, the college’s foundational disciplines provide a strong framework for educational and research activities across the institution and fully support the University’s goal to advance knowledge through innovative scholarship and research.

We are united by the spirit of inquiry, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, and strengthened by our service to the community.

Appointment Status Temporary
Job Appointment (FTE%)

100%

Position Term in Months 12
Monthly Salary Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Position Qualifications

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.

Additional Requirements

Background in dynamic compression research is not required for this position; however, a strong, hands-on experimental background and skills are essential. The required professional qualifications and personal attributes are:
- A recent Ph.D. degree in Physics or a related field with a strong experimental background in optical physics, optics, lasers or optoelectronics.
- Strong hands-on ability with design and fabrication of instruments and experimental components.
- Good familiarity with hardware and software required for photonic based experiments.
- Good computer skills, including experience with technical/design programs, such as LabView and SolidWorks, and working knowledge of data analysis software.
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
- Personal attributes should include critical thinking, good judgment, clear sense of purpose, attention to detail, ability to work effectively in a team, and accountability.
- Must be able to obtain a badge at U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories to gain access to restricted areas.

Preferred Qualifications
Will this position require a background check? This position has been designated by the department to require a background check

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 09/22/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a cover letter addressing the required qualifications for this position, detailed resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

Applicant screening will begin October 9, 2017

EEO Statement

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.

Posting Number 20133730P

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Reference Contact Info
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  1. * The classification requirements for this position are 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. Do you meet these classification requirements?
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