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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

Research Operations Engineer
The Institute’s overall research theme is “Understanding Materials under Extreme Conditions” and the research activities involve state-of-the-art experiments to understand the response of materials subjected to high dynamic stresses. The individual hired will be responsible for operating and continually improving the experimental facilities required to create the “extreme conditions.”

Postdoctoral Research Positions in Dynamic Compression Science
We have multiple openings for postdoctoral research associates and are looking for creative, self-motivated experimentalists who have the ability and interest to pursue challenging, interdisciplinary problems in a fast-paced research environment.  These positions are located on the WSU Campus in Pullman, WA.

Applied Sciences Laboratory (ASL), Spokane, WA

Postdoctoral Research Position – Analytical Chemistry
The Spokane-based Applied Sciences Laboratory (ASL) of the Institute for Shock Physics (ISP) at Washington State University is looking for a postdoctoral research associate to conduct analytical chemistry experiments. The scientific objectives are to characterize the decomposition reactions and kinetics of organophosphorous compounds subjected to fast heating conditions. The successful candidate is expected to also contribute to related research projects. We are looking for a creative, self-motivated researcher who has the ability and the drive to pursue challenging, interdisciplinary problems in a fast-paced research environment.

Research Optical Engineer
We are looking to hire an experimentalist who enjoys hands-on work and problem solving in a fast-paced, research environment. Representative examples of relevant research projects include: Laser-induced photoluminescence analysis of optical temperature sensors; and Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) of ceramic sensor materials.

The Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS), Argonne, IL

Laser Physicist/Engineer at the Dynamic Compression Sector
We are looking to hire a Laser Physicist/Engineer 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 to understand the response of materials on nanosecond time-scales at high dynamic stresses. The location for this WSU position is the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Argonne, IL. As such, DCS staff are considered to be “resident users” and must adhere to ANL policies and procedures, including the completion of required training courses.

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