Business Title: X-ray/Solid State Physicist - Lemont, IL
Location: DYNAMIC COMPRESSION SECTOR, ILLINOIS
Employee Type: Faculty (+) (Fixed Term)
Job Family: Faculty - Academic - Not OT Eligible
Summary of Duties:
Experiments at the DCS utilize both x-ray and optical diagnostics to understand the shock compressed state of materials. X-ray diagnostics include state-of-the-art x-ray optics, high-speed choppers/shutters, and both commercially available and custom x-ray detector systems. Optical diagnostics employ a wide range of free-space and fiber-optics-based lasers, fast photodetectors, image intensifiers, ICCD's, streak cameras, and other state-of-the-art electro-optic instrumentation. The successful candidate will be expected to operate and maintain these systems, as needed, for a broad range of user experiments as well as design new systems and select appropriate components to advance the capabilities of the DCS. Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:
Interacting with users to conduct time-resolved dynamic compression experiments using x-ray techniques, such as x-ray diffraction, phase-contrast Imaging (PCI), and small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS). This includes setting up and characterizing the x-ray beam for users. Support and maintain the DCS x-ray beamline components including vacuum systems, several large Kirkpatrick-Baez (KB) focusing mirror systems, and x-ray beam choppers and shutters.
Design and implement experimental components used on the x-ray beamline and in the experimental end stations. Work with the DCS users to prepare for experiments in advance. This includes providing guidelines for experimental design, as well as personnel safety and equipment operating procedures.
Contribute effectively to all aspects of the various research projects including assistance to DCS users; optimal and safe operations of the experimental facilities; ensure availability of experimental components, equipment and supplies; enhancement of experimental capabilities; and working effectively in a team setting to advance the DCS research mission.
Independently define and complete experimental projects and tasks; conduct and analyze research experiments and prepare reports and publications as appropriate.
A background in dynamic compression research is not required for this position. However, strong, hands-on experimental background and skills relevant to the position responsibilities are essential. The required professional qualifications and personal attributes are:
A Ph.D. degree in Physics or a related field with a strong experimental background in condensed matter physics.
Demonstrated strong hands-on ability with the design and fabrication of instruments and experimental components.
Good familiarity with hardware and software required for photonics-based (x-ray and optical) experiments.
Experience with one or more x-ray measurement techniques such as diffraction, spectroscopy, or imaging.
Strong interest in being involved in all aspects of DCS user experiments.
Good computer skills, including experience with programs for instrument control and analysis, such as LabView and Matlab. Experience with optical design and/or x-ray simulation and ray tracing software is useful but not required (e.g. Zemax and/or OASYS).
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Ability to effectively work independently and in a team environment, as needed.
Personal attributes should include critical thinking, good judgment, clear sense of purpose, attention to detail, and accountability.
Must be able to obtain a badge at U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories to gain access to restricted areas.
Work experience at a synchrotron
Experience in conducting and analyzing dynamic compression experiments
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Area/College: College of Arts and Sciences Department Name: ISP/Dynamic Compression Sector City, State, Zip: Lemont, IL 60439 Department Link:dcs-aps.wsu.edu Monthly Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. FTE: 100% Tenure Track: No Screening Begin Date: This position will begin screening applicants on July 1, 2022 and will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified. Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.
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Time Type: Full time
Position Term: 12 Month
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