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Washington State University Laser / Optical Engineer in Pullman, Washington

Laser / Optical Engineer


Available Title(s):

1468-NN_ADMINPRO - Research Project Engineer


Business Title:

Laser / Optical Engineer


Employee Type:

Admin. Professional (+) (Fixed Term)


Time Type:

Full time


Position Term:

12 Month


Position Details:


The Opportunity:


The Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS) at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory is seeking a strongly self-motivated Laser Optical Engineer. You will support the research activities at a first-of-a-kind experimental user facility and will perform hands-on work, operate/maintain the 100J laser system to ensure optimal performance and development of new capabilities.


The DCS research activities involve state-of-the-art, dynamic compression experiments that utilize X-ray and optical measurements on nanosecond timescales to understand the response of materials under extreme thermodynamic conditions.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


• Independent operation of the 100-Joule laser for laser-shock research activities, including quantifying and archiving the laser performance for each shot.


• Contribute to the design and conduct of laser-shock experiments, and work with scientific users.


• Work with the laser team, document and maintain safe operating procedures related to the laser and its control areas at the DCS.


• Participate in the design, development, and use of optical equipment and systems for laser-interferometry measurements and other laser-based diagnostics, including data reduction and analysis.


• Work with the DCS users to prepare for experiments in advance. This includes providing guidelines for experimental design, personnel safety, and equipment operating procedures.


• Contribute effectively to all aspects of research projects including assistance to DCS users; optimal and safe operations of the experimental facilities; ensure availability of experimental components, equipment, and supplies; enhancement of experimental capabilities; and working effectively in a team setting to advance the DCS research mission.


Required Qualifications:


• A Master's degree in Physics, Optical Engineering, or a related field with a strong experimental background in lasers and optics.


• Demonstrated technical expertise and strong hands-on ability with the design, fabrication, and optimization of nonlinear optical systems, instruments, and associated diagnostic equipment.


• Strong interest in being involved in all aspects of DCS user experiments.


• Considerable skill and knowledge of hardware and software required to support user experiments on a large-scale laser.


• Good computer skills, including experience with programs for instrument control and analysis, such as LabView and Matlab. Experience with optical design software is useful but not required (e.g., Zemax).


• Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, necessary to interact with team members and users to effectively present research objectives and documentation.


• Ability to effectively work independently and in a team environment, as needed.


• Personal attributes should include critical thinking, good judgment, attention to detail, positive attitude, and accountability.


• Must be able to obtain a badge at U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories to gain access to rest