Postdoctoral Appointee - Ultrafast Laser Science

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM

ID: 7070386 (Ref.No. 673486)
Posted: September 26, 2020

Job Description

This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment. Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance. : This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time. : Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Join a team that helps seek some of the most challenging issues facing our nation’s security! We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to participate in the operation, enhancement, and application of the Z-Petawatt (ZPW) laser system! A major area of research will be leading the effort to develop laser-produced x-ray sources in the 15-25 keV x-ray range for dynamic diffraction measurements of samples compressed on nanosecond time scales. Will also be a key collaborator in exploring laser-wakefield acceleration for production of high energy x-ray sources for x-ray backlighting and dynamic diffraction experiments. On any given day, you may be called on to: + Plan, conceive, conduct, or manage research and development for Sandia's customers and sponsors + Direct systematic study toward a fuller knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts, and discovers new approaches to accomplish goals + Create new understandings and capabilities by using the scientific method's hypothesis, test, and evaluation techniques; critical review; or similar engineering research and development methods + Initiate, design, develop, execute, and evaluate new processes, products, or systems through basic and applied research

+ Ph.D. in optical engineering, physics, or a closely related technical field + Strong background in laser and optical design, solid-state optics, optical physics, and optical detectors and laser diagnostics + Experience designing, building, and using high-power subpicosecond-class chirped-pulse-amplification (CPA) laser systems to perform high-energy-density science experiments + You have a record of publication and innovation, as evidenced by peer-reviewed journals and external presentations at appropriate scientific conferences + Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q Security Clearance

+ X-ray and particle beam diagnostics design, construction, and fielding + Ultra-High Vacuum system design, assembly, and operation + Data acquisition and control system design and construction using LabVIEW software + Data analysis using Matlab, Mathematica, and/or IDL software + Modeling and simulation of experiments using radiation hydrodynamics and particle-in-cell codes + Excellent written and oral communication skills as demonstrated in technical publications and presentations + Website design and maintenance

Department Description:

The Laser Operations & Engineering department is responsible for developing and applying laser-produced x-ray sources and detectors to support high-energy-density science experiments performed on Sandia’s Z pulsed-power facility. The department is composed of a multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and technologists that work together in a collaborative environment to support scientists from around the world that work on Z to pursue research in the areas of inertial confinement fusion, condensed matter physics, atomic physics, shock physics, radiation transport, and planetary science. Department staff develop and operate a suite of high-power lasers including the multi-kilojoule nanosecond-class Z-Beamlet and picosecond-class Z-Petawatt lasers, some of the largest and most powerful lasers in the world. Other unique experimental capabilities include x-ray calibration sources and detectors, thin film coating systems, and target chambers and diagnostics for performing basic and applied research on high-power laser-matter interaction.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs: + Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide + Extraordinary co-workers + Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world + Career advancement and enrichment opportunities + Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance* _World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers._ Learn more about Sandia at: *These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted. Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


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