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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)

Business Operations Coordinator
The Spokane-based Applied Sciences Laboratory (ASL) of the Institute for Shock Physics at Washington State University seeks a highly motivated and capable Business Operations Coordinator to join the Institute’s administrative team. The ASL is an externally funded, contract research organization that conducts a broad range of applied research projects in the physical sciences and engineering for government agencies and private corporations, including the development of commercial applications. This position requires a high level of professionalism, strong organizational skills, and the ability to meet deadlines. The Business Operations Coordinator is responsible for managing grants and contracts, coordinating pre- and post award activities and reporting requirements, developing financial reports, and performing general office management for the ASL.

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: X-ray Studies of Dynamically Compressed Materials
We have an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research associate (experimentalist) to investigate the properties of dynamically compressed materials using in-situ x-ray probing in single event experiments. The scientific objectives are to provide a multi-lengthscale understanding of the time dependent phenomena that occur in materials undergoing rapid compression. We are looking for a creative, self-motivated individual, who is excited about taking on the challenges of research on materials under extreme conditions.

This position is located on the WSU Campus in Pullman, WA. However, this work will involve travel to conduct experiments at the Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS), located at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL. More details about the DCS may be found at www.dcs-aps.wsu.edu.

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 (Argonne, IL)
Administrative Manager
Washington State University (WSU) seeks applications for an Administrative Manager for the Dynamic Compression Sector (DCS) at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory. The DCS, sponsored by the DOE/NNSA and operated by Washington State University (Institute for Shock Physics), is a national user facility with a focus on understanding the dynamic compression and deformation response of materials under extreme conditions. This position requires a high level of professionalism, strong organizational skills, and the ability to meet deadlines. The DCS Administrative Manager is responsible for administrative operations, project management, user support activities, and external relations.

Laser Physicist/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.

Optical Physicist/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.