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Washington State University The Dynamic Compression Sector

Available Positions

Join the Frontier of Dynamic Compression Science at Sector 35

Research Positions

X-ray Scientist

Washington State University (WSU) seeks applications for an X-ray Research Scientist for 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 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.

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 (peak stresses from a few GPa to over 350 GPa and shock wave durations from ~5 ns to microsecond).

Laser Engineer

WSU is seeking to hire a strongly self-motivated talented Laser Engineer to support the laser-shock experiments at a first-of-a-kind experimental capability:  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 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 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, including experiments that utilize a pulsed 100-Joule high energy laser system to dynamically compress materials to millions of atmospheres of pressure.

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.

Administrative Positions

Administrative Manager

Washington State University (WSU) seeks applications for an Administrative Manager for the Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS) at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory. The DCS, sponsored by the DOE/NNSA and operated by Washington State University (Institute for Shock Physics), is a national user facility with a focus on understanding the dynamic compression and deformation response of materials under extreme conditions. This position requires a high level of professionalism, strong organizational skills, and the ability to meet deadlines. The DCS Administrative Manager is responsible for advisory, budgetary, managerial, and supervisory duties regarding the daily administrative operations; project management; and user support activities.