Research Positions

Current Team Openings

The Institute is internationally known for its state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary research, and offers numerous opportunities to participate in research teams and leadership roles. Please see our current openings directly below for additional information and consider joining our growing team!

Institute for Shock Physics (ISP), Pullman, WA

There are no current openings available. Please check back at another time.

Applied Sciences Laboratory (ASL), Spokane, WA

Postdoctoral Research Associate: Materials Science – Alloy Processing

We have an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to conduct applied research in experimental alloy development processing. The successful candidate will work on various aspects of the research project, including alloy development, process development, scale-up fabrication, and process modeling. We are looking to hire an experimentalist who enjoys hands-on work and problem-solving in a fast-paced research environment. You may apply directly at WSU Jobs Listing R-10085.

Senior Engineer – Manufacturing

We are looking for a Senior Engineer with a scientific and technical background in mechanical engineering, materials science, industrial engineering, or metallurgy. The primary responsibilities of this position include leading the hands-on design and execution of a broad range of experimental projects including processing, casting, and characterization of metallic alloys. You may apply directly at WSU Jobs Listing R-10354.

Mechanical Engineer

This position focuses on mechanical engineering and advanced materials research, including the development and processing of novel alloys and composites. The successful candidate will participate in the design and execution of a broad range of experimental projects. You may apply directly at WSU Jobs Listing R-11591.

The Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS), Lemont, IL

Laser Optical Physicist

We are seeking to hire a Laser / Optical Physicist who enjoys hands-on work and problems solving in a fast-paced research environment and will work with a team of physicists responsible for the operation and maintenance of the DCS 100J laser system. You may apply directly at WSU Job Listing R-9860.

Laser Optical Engineer

We are seeking to hire a strongly self-motivated, talented Laser Optical Engineer. The successful candidate will perform hands-on work and operate/maintain the 100J laser system to ensure optimal performance and development of new capabilities. You may apply directly at WSU Job Listing R-11294.

Technical Assistant
Part-time student position – experimental maintenance, machining, and hands-on laboratory assistance.

Please review the notice of vacancy. Apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to the attention of Robert Zill at

Graduate student is placing a sensor on a device in preparation for an experiment.

Researcher stands in front of large furnace in a laboratory.