The mission of the BELLA Center is to advance particle acceleration with high power lasers and to develop methods for achieving high-quality beams of high energy electrons and ions through intense laser-plasma interactions. The mission of FS-IBT is to advance fusion energy sciences and ion beam technologies e. g. for studies of high energy density laboratory physics, warm dense matter and a broad range of applications of plasmas and ion beams.
Multiple opportunities exist in the areas of (1) laser-plasma acceleration and (2) ultrafast, high-power fiber laser development and (3) applications.
The successful candidate will work under the direction of principal investigator, and collaboratively with the other ATAP scientists, engineers, postdocs, technicians, and students, to document and communicate the results of work in peer-reviewed journal publications and oral presentation and participate in meetings, conferences, and reviews.
Develop and perform experiments to investigate (1) laser-plasma accelerators or (2) coherent pulse combination schemes, (3) conduct experiments with novel particle beams in selected application areas.
Perform research and participate in experiments on laser-plasma acceleration of electrons and ions and on applications of these particle beams. This includes electron acceleration towards 10 GeV with the BELLA PW laser, staging of laser-plasma acceleration modules at the multi-GeV level, research on novel laser injection methods for generating high quality electron beams, development of plasma targets, development of diagnostics, beam transport methods, and R&D on radiation generation using laser-plasma accelerator electron beams (e.g., gamma sources using Thompson scattering and coherent XUV sources using the free electron laser mechanism).
Perform experiments on the optimization of laser-plasma acceleration of ion beams, the transport of broad momentum spread ion beams, and the application of these beams to biological and medical research and high energy density physics.
Ultrafast, high-power fiber laser development:
Be responsible for the development of scalable technologies for coherently combined ultrafast fiber lasers and spectral bandwidth broadening techniques, and design experiments to explore the performance of spatiotemporal pulse combination systems, high energy fiber amplifiers, and electronic stabilization methods. Experiments include diffractive, filled-aperture beam combination, temporal pulse stacking in ring interferometers, coherent spectral combination, nonlinear broadening in fibers and gases, operating self-relaying long path cells in the air and pressurized gas, and characterization of large mode area fiber amplifiers.
Responsible for the development and execution of experimental campaigns with novel particle beams to advance applications in a broad range of areas.
Analyze experimental data and develop numerical and analytical models of physical processes.
Document and communicate the results of work in reports and oral presentations, including participation in meetings, reviews, conferences and publications in refereed journals.
Ph.D. in Physics or related field plus postdoctoral research experience, or equivalent breadth and depth of experience.
Experimental experience with (1) laser-plasma accelerators or (2) coherently combined ultrafast fiber laser systems, including publications in the field.
Experience with high-power laser systems; working knowledge of laser optics and laser physics.
Experience and expertise in the inception, design, engineering, experimental realization and analysis of experimental laser-matter interaction studies.
Working knowledge of particle optics and elements of accelerator physics.
Capability to be flexible and creative in pursuing new topics and carrying out forefront research in the area of high field laser-matter interactions, high energy density laboratory physics, and laser-particle acceleration.
Ability to work independently and in collaboration with scientists, engineers, and technicians both within and outside LBNL.
Excellent analytical, organizational, and multi-tasking skills.
Availability to travel and present work at collaboration meetings, workshops and conferences, including international travel.
Excellent communication skills to effectively interact with all members of ATAP, including other scientists, engineers, technicians, postdocs, and students.
Recognition as a high impact contributor as evidenced by conference presentations, publications in refereed journals, invited lectures, and awards.
Ability to work closely in a team with other scientists, postdocs, graduate students, and technicians.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Familiarity with mechanical engineering principles of optomechanics.
Experience with programming (Matlab, Python, C++, etc.) and optical and/or particle beamline design software
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time 2 year career-track term appointment that may be renewed to a maximum of five years and that may be converted to career based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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