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There are openings at the James R. Macdonald Lab.


Postdoctoral Fellow
Ultrafast Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Department of Physics
Kansas State University

The J.R. Macdonald Laboratory, Department of Physics, Kansas State University, is seeking a POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW in ultrafast AMO physics. The position is part of a recently awarded grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study ultrafast electronic and nuclear dynamics in molecules using novel short-pulse X-ray sources such as X-ray free-electron lasers.

Some of the responsibilities and research projects include:

  • Development of a setup for generating short-pulse ultraviolet radiation with an 800-nm femtosecond drive laser.
  • Prepare and conduct experiments at X-ray free-electron laser facilities in Stanford, CA, and Hamburg, Germany.
  • Employ the above capabilities to study ultrafast electronic and nuclear dynamics in atoms and molecules.

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; experiments with X-ray free-electron lasers or synchrotron radiation; pump-probe ion and/or electron spectroscopy.

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. Candidates should submit an application letter including research interests, curriculum vita, and contact information, including e-mail addresses, of at least three references via K-State Human Capital Services.

Screening of applications will begin immediately 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: 25 Feb 2019


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

Last updated on Monday, 01-Apr-2019