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Washington State University Laser / Optical Engineer in Pullman, Washington

Laser / Optical Engineer Available Title(s): 1468-NN_ADMINPRO - Research Project Engineer Business Title: Laser / Optical Engineer Employee Type: Admin. Professional (+) (Fixed Term) Time Type: Full time Position Term: 12 Month Position Details: The Opportunity: We are seeking to hire a strongly self-motivated, talented Laser Optical Engineer 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 successful candidate will perform hands-on work and operate/maintain the 100J laser system to ensure optimal performance and development of new capabilities. 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 under extreme thermodynamic conditions. Representative Responsibilities • Independent operation of the 100-Joule laser for laser-shock research activities, including quantifying and archiving the laser performance for each shot. • Contribute to the design and conduct of laser-shock experiments, and work with scientific users. • Working with the laser team, document and maintain safe operating procedures related to the laser and its control areas at the DCS. • Participate in the design, development, and use of optical equipment and systems for laser-interferometry measurements and other laser-based diagnostics, including data reduction and analysis. • Work with the DCS users to prepare for experiments in advance. This includes providing guidelines for experimental design, personnel safety, and equipment operating procedures. • Contribute effectively to all aspects of research projects including assistance to DCS users; optimal and safe operations of the experimental facilities; ensure availability of experimental components, equipment, and supplies; enhancement of experimental capabilities; and working effectively in a team setting to advance the DCS research mission. Required Qualifications • A Master's degree in Physics, Optical Engineering, or a related field with a strong experimental background in lasers and optics. • Demonstrated technical expertise and strong hands-on ability with the design, fabrication, and optimization of nonlinear optical systems, instruments, and associated diagnostic equipment. • Strong interest in being involved in all aspects of DCS user experiments. • Considerable skill and knowledge of hardware and software required to support user experiments on a large-scale laser. • Good computer skills, including experience with programs for instrument control and analysis, such as LabView and Matlab. Experience with optical design software is useful but not required (e.g., Zemax). • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, necessary to interact with team members and users to effectively present research objectives and documentation. • Ability to effectively work independently and in a team environment, as needed. • Personal attributes should include critical thinking, good judgment, attention to detail, positive attitude, and accountability. • Must be able to obtain a badge at U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories to gain access to restricted areas. Preferred Qualifications • Work experience at a synchrotron. • Experience in research related to dynamic compression experiments. Additional Information: Area/College: College of Arts and Science Department Name: Dynamic Compression Sector City, State, Zip: 9700 S. Cass Ave, Bldg 438F/F001, Lemont IL 60439 Department Link: Monthly Salary: $5,667-$7,304 | In accordance with