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Washington State University Institute for Shock Physics

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

Postdoctoral Research Position:  Optical Spectroscopy under Dynamic Compression

The Institute for Shock Physics (ISP) hasan immediate opening for a postdoctoral research associate (experimentalist) to examine condensed matter phenomena — at the microscopic level — under dynamic compression, using time-resolved (ps-ns resolution) optical spectroscopy and laser-interferometry in single event experiments. The scientific objectives are to relate shock wave induced physical/chemical changes in condensed systems to the underlying atomic/molecular mechanisms.  We are looking for a creative, self-motivated experimentalist (physicist or chemist) who has the ability and the drive to pursue challenging, interdisciplinary problems in a fast-paced research environment.

Postdoctoral Research Position:  X-ray Measurements in Shock Compressed Solids

ISP has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research associate to undertake experimental research (and related analysis) to understand the microscopic response of shock compressed solids using real-time x-ray measurements in single event experiments. Time-resolved (ns resolution), multiscale measurements (x-ray diffraction, x-ray imaging, laser-interferometry) are used to probe both the microscopic and continuum response in single event experiments. We are looking for a creative, self-motivated experimentalist who has the ability and the drive to pursue challenging, interdisciplinary problems in a fast-paced research environment.  This position may be of interest to individuals trained in static high pressure research who wish to make a transition to dynamic compression research.