Post-doctoral position in Advanced thin film laboratory at Colorado State University
Colorado State University- Electrical & Computer Engineering
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Required Education: Doctorate
Academia, Research Laboratory
Years of Experience:
We invite applications for post-doctoral positions in the group of Prof. Carmen Menoni in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Colorado State University. Our research will focus on the ion beam sputtering synthesis and characterization of optically transparent thin films for coatings of gravitational wave interferometers. The post-doc will be exploring new materials and coating structures to advance the understanding of how to reduce internal friction in the coatings that detrimentally affect the sensitivity of the interferometers.
We investigate structural and optical properties of these materials and their multilayers. As part of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) international collaboration our group has been investigating novel amorphous oxides for the coatings of these ultra-sensitive interferometers in which internal friction in the coatings is a key limiting factor. We have unique capabilities to grow these materials by ion beam sputtering and to study their structural and optical properties with multiple techniques, some of which are developed in our lab.
The post-doctoral student will gain a broad experience in the optics and material science of amorphous materials. The post-doc will have ample opportunities for professional development, including participating at conferences, in the LIGO Optics Working Group workshops and meetings where the candidate will be able to interact with a large group of scientists and engineers at CSU and those within the international LIGO Optical Working Group. The post-doc will also be able to participate in LIGO campaigns at one of the US sites. The post-doc will be involved in analyzing data and reporting the results and will work with Prof. Menoni in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. The post-doc will have decision authority in purchases related to the project. Post-docs in Menoni’s group are very successful in finding rewarding job opportunities in academia, industry and research laboratories worldwide.
Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins, CO, a community of about 165,000 located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Fort Collins enjoys fantastic weather, which allows year-round outdoor activities, like biking and skiing. In 2020, Fort Collins was rated as the No. 1 Best Place to Live in America by Market Watch. https://www.fcgov.com/visitor/
CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer. Colorado State University conducts background checks on all final candidates.
About Colorado State University- Electrical & Computer Engineering
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has 28 faculty members, 350 undergraduates, and 250 graduate students. It has research programs in Communications and Signal Processing; Computer Engineering; Lasers, Optics, and Applications; Controls and Robotics; and Electromagnetics and Remote Sensing.
The department participates in the CSU Information Science and Technology Center, the CSU-CHILL National Radar Facility, and the NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere. It is home to the headquarters of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Science and Technology. Many faculty in ECE hold courtesy appointments in the departments of Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics, and collaborate with faculty in these and other departments.
Annual research expenditures are nearly $10M, and the department is ranked 23rd in the country based on citations to faculty research. More information on the department can be found at www.engr.colostate.edu/ece.