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


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 three or more postdoctoral research associates in ultrafast AMO physics. The Laboratory has two new lasers: a 10 kHz, 2 mJ, 21 fs CEP-stable laser (PULSAR) and a 1 kHz, 20 mJ, 25 fs CEP-stable laser with an OPA to generate few-cycle pulses in the mid-IR (HITS). The latter laser has demonstrated some of the best long-term CEP stability in the world and the former is one of very few lasers capable of delivering such high energy at high repetition rates. These state-of-the-art light sources are enabling new experiments aimed at studying ultrafast light-induced dynamics in atoms, molecules, and nanostructures.

The selected candidates will perform laser-matter interaction experiments of a very wide variety as well as ultrafast optics development spanning from the XUV to the mid infrared with time scales ranging from picoseconds to attoseconds. Our lab prides itself in providing a very collaborative environment that includes a strong interaction with our three theoretical groups. We thus provide an ideal platform for the success of young researchers in the field of ultrafast AMO. This is particularly so with the addition of the two laser sources described above, both of which will be available to the associates.

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; photoelectron spectroscopy; 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 April 15, 2015 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 equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Kansas State University actively seeks diversity among its employees. Background check required.

Originally posted: 13 Mar 2015


Research Technician
James R. Macdonald Laboratory
Kansas State University

The J.R. Macdonald Laboratory, Department of Physics, Kansas State University, 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 involves 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. A bachelor's degree is required, as well as three years of experience in a technical field. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in high vacuum systems (further training will be available) and thorough knowledge of machine tools. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application along with a resume and three letters of reference to jrmsearch@phys.ksu.edu. Screening of applications will begin April 1, and continue until the position is filled.

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.

Originally posted: 17 Mar 2015


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

Last updated on Friday, 20-Mar-2015