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Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Accelerator Physics

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

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Tempe campus

Open Date

May 03, 2023


Job Description

Arizona State University has embarked on a multi-year project to develop novel compact X-ray sources including the Compact X-ray FEL (CXFEL) generating ultrashort and coherent X-rays in a room-sized facility. We invite applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate working on the physics of high brightness electron and photon beams, and the technologies for their production. The areas of research span a range of topics important to the production of coherent x-rays from a compact accelerator including high brightness electron beam physics, coherent radiation emission from relativistic electrons, photoinjector R&D, and sophisticated controls and diagnostics of photon and electron beams. The successful applicant will join the team constructing the Compact X-ray Free-Electron Laser (CXFEL) under a recent NSF midscale research infrastructure award. CXFEL will be a novel fully coherent x-ray laser capable of temporal and spectral shaping of the x-ray output that presents opportunities to develop an original research program in related ultrafast science. The successful candidate will model the electron beam physics of CXFEL, participate in construction of the accelerator, and participate in prototype experiments at ASU’s existing Compact X-ray Light Source (CXLS).

For more information contact Professor William Graves: wsg@asu.edu.

Essential Duties

Design and construction of accelerator equipment, simulation and R&D in high-brightness electron beam physics including operating electron accelerator, femtosecond laser, and controls and monitors for diagnostics of photon and electron beams. Training and supervising graduate and undergraduate students. Highly skilled technical writing including lab reports, scientific presentations and publications, and grant applications. Working in multidisciplinary teams that span different research areas and academic units.


Desired Qualifications

  • Applicants must have a recent Ph.D (within last 4 years) in Physics, Electrical Engineering, or a closely related field
  • Demonstrated knowledge of high brightness electron accelerator physics and technology
  • Excellent verbal, presentation, and technical report writing skills
  • Ability to work within multidisciplinary project team

Application Instructions

Application Instructions

  • A cover letter specifying relevant qualifications and training
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Statement of current research interests and expertise
  • Contact information for three professional references

The next review date is May 31, 2023. Applicant reviews will continue every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications should be submitted at http://apply.interfolio.com/124852 and must contain: A background check is required for employment. The full-time appointment will be initially for one year with the possibility of extension subject to performance and continued funding. The salary will be commensurate with achievements and experience. Questions should be addressed to William Graves (wsg@asu.edu).