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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.

Postdoctoral Research Position: Inelastic Deformation of Dynamically Compressed Solids

ISP has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research associate (experimentalist) to study the inelastic deformation mechanisms in solids subjected to high stress dynamic compression.  Although a broad range of solids – from single crystals to heterogeneous/architected materials – are of interest, the chore of the particular solid to be examined will depend on the academic/research background of the individual hired in this position.  Time-resolved (ns resolution) laser-interferometry measurements in single event experiments and their analysis will provide the basis for understanding the dynamic material response.

Postdoctoral Research Position: Time-Resolved Spectroscopy in High Pressure Science Department

The Static High Pressure Research Group in the Department of Chemistry and the ISP has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research associate. This position requires an outstanding experimental scientist to conduct high-pressure and materials research activities, utilizing state-of-the-art laser spectroscopy in both time- and spatial- domains, x-ray diffraction and spectroscopy, and static high-pressure technologies at WSU, as well as at national synchrotron and other user facilities. We are looking for a creative, self-motivated individual, who has the ability and interest to pursue challenging, interdisciplinary problems in a fast paced research environment.

Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS), Argonne, IL

Research Optical Engineer

WSU is seeking to hire a strongly self-motivated talented Optical Engineer (Administrative/Professional Staff Member) to support the research activities at a first-of-a-kind experimental user facility: The Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS) at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory. The DCS constitutes a new paradigm for understanding the dynamic compression and deformation response of materials on under extreme conditions. Real-time, atomistic-scale investigations of condensed matter phenomena can be undertaken in single event experiments through time-resolved, in-situ measurements utilizing the tunable, high energy X-ray capabilities at the APS.

The position is located at the DCS in Argonne, IL; however, initially, the individual hired in this position will be temporarily located for training in Pullman, WA to obtain hands-on experience on the capabilities used to make measurements under dynamic compression.

We are looking to hire an experimentalist who enjoys hands-on work and problem solving in a fast-paced, research environment. The DCS research activities involve state-of-the-art, dynamic compression experiments that utilize X-ray and optical measurements on nanosecond time-scales to understand the response of materials at high dynamic stresses.