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The Advanced Photon Technologies (APT) group is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Staff Member to participate in the research and development of advanced solid-state laser technology (SSL), ultrafast solid-state lasers, high peak power lasers, high average power lasers, and high energy / high intensity short pulse lasers. You will perform design, modeling, building, testing and commissioning of cutting-edge laser technology development and execute experiments to verify and validate advanced laser concepts relevant to fusion energy drivers, plasma physics, condensed matter physics, laser propagation and laser matter interaction research. Areas of active research are diode-pumped solid-state lasers, high energy solid-state lasers, short pulse lasers, optical parametric short pulse amplifiers, chirped pulse amplification, high power fiber-lasers, solid-state laser materials science, frequency conversion and non-linear optics, short pulse laser diagnostics and advanced laser concepts. This position is in the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate.
- Conduct research and development in one or more of the following areas: long and short pulse laser experiments including characterization of performance, designing, building, testing, fielding, and commissioning laser systems, components, including laser and optical diagnostics.
- Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design, implementation, and analysis of techniques in one of more of the above areas including designing experiments in support of program facilities.
- Perform optical, electronic, and thermal modelling in support of experimental efforts.
- Prepare and conduct technical presentations for internal and external audiences.
- Organize, analyze, and present data from research including publishing papers in peer-reviewed scientific or technical journals, and present results within the DOE community and at conferences.
- Pursue independent (but complementary) research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of researchers internally and externally to the Laboratory.
- Work within a team to coordinate resources and plan experimental campaigns.
- Perform all assignments in accordance with ES&H, security, and business practice requirements and policies.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Recent PhD in laser physics, applied physics, general physics, atomic physics, optics and optoelectronics, or related field or discipline.
- Experience in experimental physics in one of the following areas: solid-state lasers, short pulse laser technology, frequency conversion, non-linear optics, fiber lasers, ultrafast laser, short pulse laser diagnostics, plasma physics.
- Ability to perform as an innovative experimentalist with a broad range of experience in experimental design, techniques, execution, and analysis.
- Experience developing, calibrating, fielding, and analyzing optical diagnostics.
- Experience with optical, electronic, or thermal modelling in support of experimental efforts.
- Proficient written and verbal communication skills required to author technical and scientific reports, publications, and invited papers, and deliver scientific presentations.
- Effective initiative and interpersonal skills including the ability to work both as part of a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team as well as ability to produce independent, original work.
- Experience with laser, pulsed power sources, high density plasma interactions and/or conducting high energy density experiments.
- Experience with optoelectronic device simulation (LaserMOD, LASTIP, PICS3D, Silvaco and/or self-written code) and/or optical system design and analysis using sequential and/or non-sequential raytracing tools (Zemax, Code V, OSLO, FRED, LightTools, or ASAP).
- Experience with electromagnetic field simulation using finite-difference time domain, finite element, finite element thermal simulation (e.g. COMSOL, ANSYS, and/or self-written code), and/or beam propagation simulation tools (FIMMWave, BeamPROP, etc., and/or self-written code).
- Experience with CAD-based mechanical design (e.g. AutoCAD, SolidWorks, SolidEdge, etc.) and test equipment control and automation software development (LabVIEW, Python, MATLAB, etc.).
Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.
Security Clearance: None required.
However, if your assignment is longer than 179 days cumulatively within a calendar year, you must go through the Personal Identity Verification process. This process includes completing an online background investigation form and receiving approval of the background check. (This process does not apply to foreign nationals.)
Note: This is a 1 year Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of 3 years. Eligible candidates are recent PhDs within five years of the month of the degree award at time of hire date.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.
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