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There are openings at JRM in our experimental group.


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

The J.R. Macdonald Laboratory, Physics Department, Kansas State University, is seeking three or more fellows (postdocs) in experimental ultrafast atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) physics. The Laboratory has two state-of-the-art CEP-stable lasers - a 10 kHz, 2 mJ, 21 fs laser and a 1 kHz, 20 mJ, 25 fs laser with an OPA to generate few-cycle pulses in the mid-IR - that are enabling new experiments aimed at studying ultrafast light-induced dynamics in atoms, molecules, and nanostructures.

Possible research projects and responsibilities include:

  • Development of molecular alignment techniques, implementation of laser-induced electron diffraction and time-resolved photoelectron measurements using aligned molecules, testing and calibration of a high-energy VMI spectrometer.
  • IR / optical / XUV pump-probe experiments in ultrafast physics and photochemistry employing VMI/COLTRIMS techniques, mostly with the 10 kHz laser system, and associated experiments at free-electron lasers and with synchrotron radiation.
  • Imaging and controlling molecular dynamics driven by ultrafast strong laser fields, especially in interactions between lasers and fast molecular beams of positive and negative ions and neutrals.

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; pump-probe ion and/or electron spectroscopy; high harmonic generation.

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 May 15, 2016 and continue until the positions are filled.

Candidates should submit a letter of application including research interests, curriculum vita, and contact information, including e-mail addresses of at least three references with application to K-State Human Capital Services. The position information is also available at the Physics Department Opportunities page.

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

Originally posted: 25 Apr 2016


Research Technician
James R. Macdonald Lab
Kansas State University

The J. R. Macdonald Laboratory, Department of Physics is seeking a research technician to provide technical support for the experimental physicists in the laboratory. The Laboratory is a world class atomic, molecular, and optical physics research facility that houses state of the art ultrafast laser systems and ion sources. This position will involve the construction and maintenance of all vacuum systems in the lab, the design and construction of experimental research apparatus, and overall management of the laboratory physical plant. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of Employment.

A degree from a Technical College or four years of experience in a technical field is required and a thorough knowledge of machine tools is suggested. The job requires lifting, machining of instruments, working around on-going experiments that can involve lasers and other scientific equipment.

Submit a letter of application, resume and a list of 3 references and include their e-mail addresses for contact. Application should be made to K-State Human Capital Services.

Kansas State University is an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Kansas State University actively seeks diversity among its employees. Background check required.

Screening of applications begins on 19 September 2016. This position was initially advertised on 01 September 2016.


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

Last updated on Thursday, 01-Sep-2016