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Washington State University Applied Sciences Laboratory

Career Opportunities

The Applied Sciences Laboratory offers unique opportunities for entrepreneurial scientists and engineers who have the passion and capabilities to conduct meaningful research, for industry and government. We are looking for creative, entrepreneurial scientists with outstanding research credentials, and the ability and interest to address challenging, multidisciplinary problems in a fast paced applied research environment.

Benefits of Working at ASL

  • Access to University resources
  • Opportunity to develop new and innovative research programs
  • Excellent benefits package
  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment

Continue to check back to view Job Opportunities at ASL.  Inquiries are welcome; please submit a cover letter and CV to asl.jobs@wsu.edu.

Current Opportunities

Positions at the Applied Sciences Laboratory (Spokane, WA)

Optical Scientist (Biomedical Applications)

The Spokane-based Applied Sciences Laboratory (ASL) of the Institute for Shock Physics (ISP) at Washington State University has an immediate opening for an Optical Scientist (non-tenure track position) to establish and lead (as a Principal Investigator) an applied research program that links ASL’s optical sciences expertise to biomedical applications. We are looking for a creative, entrepreneurial scientist with excellent research credentials, and the ability and strong drive to address challenging, multidisciplinary problems in a fast-paced applied research environment.

Positions at the Institute for Shock Physics (Pullman, WA)

Postdoctoral Research Position:  Condensed Matter Chemistry under Dynamic Compression

The ISP has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research associate (experimentalist) to examine and understand chemical changes in molecular crystals subjected to dynamic compression. The research activities will involve fast, time-resolved (ns resolution) optical spectroscopy measurements in single event experiments. We are looking for a creative, self-motivated experimentalist who has the ability and interest to pursue challenging, interdisciplinary problems in a fast-paced research environment. This position may be of interest to individuals trained in static high pressure research who wish to make a transition to dynamic compression research.

Postdoctoral Research Position:  X-ray Diffraction Measurements in Shock Compressed Solids

ISP has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research associate to undertake experimental research (and related analysis) to understand the microscopic response of shock compressed solids using real-time x-ray measurements in single event experiments. Time-resolved (ns resolution), multiscale measurements (x-ray diffraction, x-ray imaging, laser-interferometry) are used to probe both the microscopic and continuum response in single event experiments. We are looking for a creative, self-motivated experimentalist who has the ability and the drive to pursue challenging, interdisciplinary problems in a fast-paced research environment.  This position may be of interest to individuals trained in static high pressure research who wish to make a transition to dynamic compression research.

Assistant Professor – Experimentalist

The Institute for Shock Physics (ISP) is a multidisciplinary research organization, within the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Washington State University (WSU), with an emphasis on understanding condensed matter response at extreme conditions. The WSU shock physics effort, widely recognized as the academic leader in the field, has a long and distinguished history of research innovations and excellence, and rigorous hands-on training in studying material response under extreme dynamic compression. Spanning more than five decades, many pioneering developments in shock wave experiments and theory have been carried out at WSU. One of WSU’s most notable achievements in this field has been the outstanding group of scientists who have been educated and trained as graduate students and postdoctoral research associates. These individuals have gone on to become leaders in this field.1 Academic partners in the Institute’s dynamic compression activities include Princeton University, California Institute of Technology, and Stanford University.

For current opportunities please visit our website: https://shock.wsu.edu/career-opportunities/

Positions at the Dynamic Compression Sector (Spokane, WA)
Laser Engineer

WSU is seeking to hire a strongly self-motivated talented Laser Engineer to support the laser-shock experiments at a first-of-a-kind experimental capability:  The Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS) at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory. The DCS constitutes a new paradigm for understanding the dynamic compression and deformation response of materials under extreme conditions. Real-time, atomistic-scale investigations of condensed matter phenomena can be undertaken in single event experiments through time-resolved, in-situ measurements utilizing the tunable, high energy X-ray capabilities at the APS.

The location for this WSU position is the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL. The DCS research activities involve state-of-the-art, dynamic compression experiments, including experiments that utilize a pulsed 100-Joule high energy laser system to dynamically compress materials to millions of atmospheres of pressure.

Research Optical Engineer

WSU is seeking to hire a strongly self-motivated talented Optical Engineer (Administrative/Professional Staff Member) to support the research activities at a first-of-a-kind experimental user facility: The Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS) at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory. The DCS constitutes a new paradigm for understanding the dynamic compression and deformation response of materials on under extreme conditions. Real-time, atomistic-scale investigations of condensed matter phenomena can be undertaken in single event experiments through time-resolved, in-situ measurements utilizing the tunable, high energy X-ray capabilities at the APS.

The position is located at the DCS in Argonne, IL; however, initially, the individual hired in this position will be temporarily located for training in Pullman, WA to obtain hands-on experience on the capabilities used to make measurements under dynamic compression.

We are looking to hire an experimentalist who enjoys hands-on work and problem solving in a fast-paced, research environment. The DCS research activities involve state-of-the-art, dynamic compression experiments that utilize X-ray and optical measurements on nanosecond time-scales to understand the response of materials at high dynamic stresses.