1. K-State home
  2. »Physics
  3. »Job Opportunities
  4. »2014
  5. »Postdoctoral Research Associates

Department of Physics

Postdoctoral Research Associates

Kansas State University 

Department of Physics

J.R. Macdonald Laboratory


LaserThe J.R. Macdonald Laboratory (JRML), Department of Physics, Kansas State University, is seeking POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATES in experimental and theoretical ultrafast laser science. The JRML group consists of 11 physics faculty members, 8 experimentalists and 3 theorists, which together create an excellent atmosphere for AMO research. The Laboratory has a new 10-kHz, 2-mJ, 21-fs CEP-stable laser and anticipates the installation (early 2014) of a 1-kHz, 20-mJ, 25-fs CEP-stable laser with an OPA to generate few-cycle pulses in the mid-IR. These state-of-the-art light sources will enable new experiments aimed at studying ultrafast light-induced dynamics in atoms, molecules, and nanostructures and will require theoretical support.

Possible research projects include (but are not limited to)

  1. Advancing our state-of-the-art PULSAR laser system technology;
  2. Development of a laser interaction with fast beams of neutral molecules technique;
  3. Studies of ultrafast intense laser interaction with neutral and ionic molecular targets;
  4. IR/optical/XUV pump-probe experiments in ultrafast photochemistry employing COLTRIMS/VMI techniques;
  5. Theoretical treatment of these, and other, strong-field ultrafast processes.

Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in physics, physical chemistry, or a related field. 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; high harmonic generation; pulse shaping for coherent control. Candidates should have demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills.

The initial appointment will be for a one year term with a second- and possible third- year term appointment contingent upon performance and availability of funding. The successful candidate(s) should also demonstrate a strong commitment to mentoring of graduate students and to serving a diverse population. Screening of applications will begin February 15, 2014 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 affirmative action equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Background checks required.


Date Posted: 1/9/14