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The Spokane-based Applied Sciences Laboratory (ASL) of the Institute for Shock Physics (ISP) at Washington State University has an immediate opening for a Research Optical Engineer (Administrative/Professional Staff Member) to conduct optical measurements, maintain lasers, and contribute to the development of new optical measurement techniques.

The ASL is a contract research organization with an emphasis on multidisciplinary research activities in the physical sciences and engineering to undertake a broad range of applied S&T projects for government agencies and corporations, including technology transfer for commercial applications. The scientific underpinnings to address the multidisciplinary challenges involve physics, chemistry, materials science, and computational modeling and simulations.

We are looking to hire an experimentalist who enjoys hands-on work and problem solving in a fast-paced, research environment. Representative examples of relevant research projects include: Laser-induced photoluminescence analysis of optical temperature sensors; Raman measurements of various materials; and kinetic FTIR measurements of heated samples.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
1. Take the lead in the design, development, and use of optical equipment and systems, for optical measurements and other laser-based diagnostics.
2. Participate in the design and development of research methodologies for a broad range of experimental projects.
3. Independently define and complete experimental projects and tasks.
4. Contribute effectively to all aspects of the research projects including assistance to ASL research faculty; maintenance of the experimental facilities; ordering experimental components, equipment and supplies; and working effectively in a team setting.
5. Conduct and analyze research experiments, and prepare reports and publications as appropriate.

Many of the experiments performed at the ASL utilize a wide variety of lasers that are integral to the measurement of optical properties (e.g. pulsed/cw high energy/power lasers, frequency doubled/tripled/quadrupled lasers, optical parametric amplifiers, femtosecond lasers, CW laser diodes, etc.). A wide array of optical detection and analysis apparatus are also utilized, including biased and amplified photodiodes, photomultipliers, APDs, image intensifiers, and other state-of-the-art electro-optic instrumentation. The successful candidate will learn to operate and maintain these systems, as well as design new systems, and select appropriate components to advance the capabilities of the ASL.
Only applicants who are currently in the U.S. and meet the following minimum qualifications will be considered for the position.
A strong, hands-on experimental background is essential for this position. The required professional qualifications and personal attributes are:
A Bachelors Degree in Physics or a related field with a strong experimental background in optical physics, optics, lasers or optoelectronics.
An excellent mechanical aptitude and strong hands-on ability with design and fabrication of instruments and experimental components.
Good familiarity with hardware and software required for photonic based experiments.
Good computer skills, including experience with technical/design programs, such as LabView and SolidWorks, and working knowledge of data analysis software.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Personal attributes should include critical thinking, good judgment, clear sense of purpose, attention to detail, ability to work effectively in a team, and accountability.

Preferred qualifications
M.S. degree in Physics or a related field.

The salary structure is both attractive and nationally competitive. Other benefits include health/dental insurance, vacation/sick leave, and retirement plans.

To apply, please submit application materials to the attention of Dr. Hergen Eilers via email to asl.jobs@wsu.edu. Applicants should submit a cover letter addressing the required qualifications for this position, detailed resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references.
Research Optical Engineer
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Full Time
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Posted October 26, 2018
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