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We have job opportunities in the James R. Macdonald Lab.
We are always seeking new graduate students interested in AMO physics.


Assistant Professor
Experimental Ultrafast AMO Physics
J.R. Macdonald Laboratory
Kansas State University

The J.R. Macdonald Laboratory (JRML) in the Department of Physics at Kansas State University seeks a faculty member in an area of experimental ultrafast laser science who is expected to join the Lab's Department of Energy-funded efforts. An applicant's research focus should thus complement these efforts and fit within their AMO physics research theme. A brief description of current research and publications in the JRML can be found here on our web site.

The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Physics Department. The candidate must present credentials that will justify appointment at this level, including a Ph.D. or equivalent, in AMO physics or a related discipline.

The Department has outstanding experimental and theoretical AMO physics programs, directed by 11 faculty members. It has extensive laser and accelerator facilities in the JRML that are being used to address an array of forefront problems in AMO science.

The successful candidate should also demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring of students and to serving a diverse population.

Applications should be sent to:

JRML Search Committee
116 Cardwell Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-2601

or to jrmsearch@phys.ksu.edu. In addition to a curriculum vitae, applications should include statements of research and teaching interests. Applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference sent. Screening of applicants will begin on November 18, 2013, and continue until the position is filled.

Kansas State University is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Background checks required.

Originally posted: 16 September 2013


Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions
Ultrafast Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Kansas State University

The J.R. Macdonald Laboratory, Department of Physics, Kansas State University, is seeking one or more postdoctoral research associates in ultrafast AMO physics. The Laboratory has a new 10 kHz, 2 mJ, 21 fs CEP-stable laser and anticipates the installation (in August 2013) of a 1 kHz, 20 mJ, 25 fs CEP-stable laser with an OPA to generate few-cycle pulses in the mid-IR. These state-of-the-art light sources will enable new experiments aimed at studying ultrafast light-induced dynamics in atoms, molecules, and nanostructures.

The main project for this position will be the development of molecular alignment and orientation methods and their application to ultrafast dynamic imaging of molecules. The selected candidate will also be responsible for the operation and maintenance of an amplified Ti:Sapphire laser.

We may have other positions available. Possible projects for those include (but are not limited to)

  1. High harmonic spectroscopy of ultrafast molecular dynamics;
  2. IR/optical/XUV pump-probe experiments in ultrafast photochemistry employing VMI/COLTRIMS techniques;
  3. Experiments at free-electron lasers.

Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in physics, physical chemistry or a related field by the time the position begins. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas: femtosecond laser systems; strong-field physics and ultrafast laser-matter interactions; high harmonic generation; pulse shaping for coherent control.

The appointment will be a term appointment. The successful candidate(s) should also demonstrate a strong commitment to mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students and to serving a diverse population. Screening of applications will begin September 15, 2013 and continue until the positions are filled. Candidates should submit a letter of application and a vita including a list of publications to: jrmpostdoc@phys.ksu.edu. Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of reference sent to the same address.

Kansas State University is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Background checks required.

Originally posted: 08 August 2013


Postdoctoral Research Associates
Kansas State University
Department of Physics
J. R. Macdonald Laboratory

Green lasers in the JRM Lab

The J.R. Macdonald Laboratory (JRML), Department of Physics, Kansas State University, is seeking postdoctoral research associates in experimental and theoretical ultrafast laser science. The JRML group consists of 11 physics faculty members, 8 experimentalists and 3 theorists, which together create an excellent atmosphere for AMO research. The Laboratory has a new 10-kHz, 2-mJ, 21-fs CEP-stable laser and anticipates the installation (early 2014) of a 1-kHz, 20-mJ, 25-fs CEP-stable laser with an OPA to generate few-cycle pulses in the mid-IR. These state-of-the-art light sources will enable new experiments aimed at studying ultrafast light-induced dynamics in atoms, molecules, and nanostructures and will require theoretical support.

Possible research projects include (but are not limited to):

  1. Advancing our state-of-the-art PULSAR laser system technology;
  2. Development of a laser interaction with fast beams of neutral molecules technique;
  3. Studies of ultrafast intense laser interaction with neutral and ionic molecular targets;
  4. IR/optical/XUV pump-probe experiments in ultrafast photochemistry employing COLTRIMS/VMI techniques;
  5. Theoretical treatment of these, and other, strong-field ultrafast processes.

Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in physics, physical chemistry, or a related field. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas: femtosecond laser systems; strong-field physics and ultrafast laser-matter interactions; high harmonic generation; pulse shaping for coherent control. Candidates should have demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills.

The initial appointment will be for a one year term with a second- and possible third- year term appointment contingent upon performance and availability of funding. The successful candidate(s) should also demonstrate a strong commitment to mentoring of graduate students and to serving a diverse population. Screening of applications will begin February 15, 2014 and continue until the positions are filled.Candidates should submit a letter of application and a vita including a list of publications to: jrmpostdoc@phys.ksu.edu. Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of reference sent to the same address.

Kansas State University is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Background checks required.

Originally posted: 09 January 2014


There may be other opportunities to join the KSU Physics Department.

Last updated on Monday, 03-Feb-2014