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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: Dynamic Compression of Heterogeneous Materials
The Institute for Shock Physics (ISP) has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research associate (experimentalist) to study the response of heterogeneous materials under extreme conditions. The heterogeneous materials of interest may be broadly described as composites, engineered materials, materials with architecture, additively manufactured structures, granular materials, or cellular foams – in contrast to bulk, homogeneous materials. The heterogeneous materials will be examined under dynamic compression, using time-resolved (ps-ns resolution) measurements in single event experiments. The scientific objectives are to determine the mechanical response of the materials of interest to dynamic loading. 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.

Postdoctoral Research Position: High Pressure Science
The Static High Pressure Research Group in the Department of Chemistry and the Institute for Shock Physics at Washington State University 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, x-ray diffraction and spectroscopy, and static high-pressure technologies at the WSU, as well as at national synchrotron and other user facilities.

Postdoctoral Research Position: Optical Spectroscopy under Dynamic Compression
ISP has an 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.

Postdoctoral Research Position: Structural/Chemical Changes under Extreme Compression
ISP has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research associate (experimentalist) to examine structural and chemical changes in energetic molecular crystals under dynamic and static compression using X-ray diffraction and optical spectroscopy methods in single event experiments. The scientific objectives are to understand how crystal structure and molecular changes govern chemical reactions in compressed energetic crystals.

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. Depending on the scientific background, the individual hired will be expected to work on one of two research projects: to examine atomistic mechanisms governing shock wave compression induced phase transformations; or to examine microstructural changes governing shock wave induced elastic-plastic deformation. 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.