We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to execute experiments, develop unique diagnostics and diagnostic techniques, and lead frontier research in the area of high- energy-density (HED) and Inertial-Confinement-Fusion (ICF) physics, plasma physics and high intensity laser-matter interactions. We are looking for a bright, enthusiastic and dedicated person to develop, test and implement improvements for our existing and planned ultra-fast x-ray diagnostics for energies between 10-50keV. The work also involves finding and implementing new techniques as well as sources for calibration measurements. This position is in the X-ray Measurement & Diagnostic Science (Detection) group in the High Energy Density Science Section of the Physics Division. In this role you will
Develop, test, and implement improvements for existing and planned x-ray diagnostics and implement techniques and sources for calibration measurements.
Research, design and execute x-ray and laser driven experiments at the NIF, at the OMEGA laser facility, and at the on-site Jupiter laser facility.
Design, field, and coordinate the development of x-ray diagnostics and detectors.
Collaborate with scientists in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
Author and present technical and scientific reports, presentations, and publications for internal and external audiences including the DOE community and at conferences.
Coordinate with engineers, technicians, and people from different groups to plan and execute experimental campaigns for the HED and/or ICF programs
Pursue independent, but complementary, research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists, internally and externally to the laboratory.
Perform other duties as assigned.
PhD in Plasma Physics, Hydrodynamics, Shock Physics, Spectroscopy, Condensed Matter, related field or discipline.
Experience in experimental physics in x-ray instrumentation and detection, plasma diagnostics, laser-plasma interactions, radiation driven hydrodynamics, applied physics, or similar area relevant to x-ray measurements and diagnostics in HED physics.
Comprehensive analytical skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and data analysis as well as experimental planning and design skills relevant to HED experiments.
Experience with computer programing in Python, Matlab, IDL, or similar data analysis techniques.
Proficient verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment and present and explain technical information.
Initiative, interpersonal skills, and ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment.
Ability to perform independent research.
Qualifications We Desire
Experience developing, calibrating and fielding x-ray, optical or nuclear diagnostics and associated analysis techniques.
Experience with electron optics and/or pulsed electronics
Experience with Monte Carlo simulations
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.
This is a Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years. Eligible candidates are those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.
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