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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 for Shock Physics, a multidisciplinary research organization within the College of Arts and Sciences, invites applications from strongly self-motivated, talented individuals for a Research Operations Engineer position (Administrative/Professional Staff Member) located at WSU’s main campus in Pullman, WA. We are looking to hire a recent graduate having a strong experimental aptitude – who will contribute significantly through hands-on experimental work in a fast-paced creative environment – to work as a Research Operations Engineer in the Institute’s Impact Facilities.

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 Position: X-ray Studies of Dynamically Compressed Materials
We have an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research associate (experimentalist) to investigate the properties of dynamically compressed materials using in-situ x-ray probing in single event experiments. The scientific objectives are to provide a multi-lengthscale understanding of the time dependent phenomena that occur in materials undergoing rapid compression. We are looking for a creative, self-motivated individual, who is excited about taking on the challenges of research on materials under extreme conditions.

This position is located on the WSU Campus in Pullman, WA. However, this work will involve travel to conduct experiments at the Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS), located at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL. More details about the DCS may be found at www.dcs-aps.wsu.edu.

Applied Sciences Laboratory (ASL), Spokane, WA

Research Optical Engineer
The ASL is a contract research organization with an emphasis on multidisciplinary research activities in the physical sciences and engineering to undertake a broad range of applied S&T projects for government agencies and corporations, including technology transfer for commercial applications. The scientific underpinnings to address the multidisciplinary challenges involve physics, chemistry, materials science, and computational modeling and simulations.

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.

Computational Biomechanics Postdoctoral Research Position
We have an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research associate to conduct knee focused biomechanics research. The position will require a candidate with an interest in computational analysis of joint mechanics, which requires programming skills, critical thinking, and a strong background in mechanics. The successful candidate will work on projects related to a community based assessment of reproducibility in knee modeling, as well as additional projects that aim to develop expedited simulation of joint mechanics. 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.

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.

X-Ray Scientist
We are looking to hire an X-ray Scientist, with a strong background in Condensed Matter Physics, who enjoys hands-on work and problem solving in a fast-paced, research environment. The location for this WSU position is the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL. 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.

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