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Washington State University The Dynamic Compression Sector

Career Opportunities

Join the Frontier of Dynamic Compression Science

All of the following WSU positions are located at 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.

Optical Physicist/Engineer
Many of the experiments performed at the DCS utilize a wide variety of lasers that are integral to the measurement of the shocked state of materials (e.g. pulsed high energy DPSS lasers, CW DPSS frequency doubled lasers, pulsed and CW high power IR and visible fiber lasers, short pulse low energy lasers, and pulsed and CW laser diodes). A wide array of optical detection and analysis apparatus are also utilized, including biased and amplified photodiodes, APD’s, image intensifiers, fast framing cameras, ICCD’s, streak cameras, and other state-of-the-art electro-optic instrumentation. The successful candidate, after appropriate training, will be expected to operate and maintain these systems, as well as design new systems, and select appropriate components to advance the capabilities of the DCS.

Technical Assistant
Ideal candidate is an undergraduate student with a major in a technical field such as engineering or physical sciences, who is able to make a twelve-month commitment.  Hands-on background with excellent mechanical aptitude is expected.  A candidate should be team oriented, attentive to detail, and view safety as a top priority.