Job ID: 128195


Kansas State University

  • Aug. 27, 2019
  • Postdoc
  • James R. Macdonald Lab - Department of Physics
  • Kansas State University
    Manhattan, KS
  • until filled
  • until filled
  • Post-Doc
  • Physics - Atomic/Molecular/Optical/Plasma

The J.R. Macdonald Laboratory, Department of Physics, Kansas State University, is seeking two or more POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATES in ultrafast AMO physics. The Laboratory has several state-of-the-art momentum imaging systems and light sources, including a 10 kHz, 2 mJ, 21 fs laser, which can also generate sub-5-fs pulses that are CEP tagged, a 1 kHz, 20 mJ, 25 fs CEP-stable laser with an OPA to generate few-cycle pulses in the mid-IR, and several high harmonic generation sources that are used for studying ultrafast light-induced dynamics in atoms and molecules. Furthermore, we are regularly conducting experiments at X-ray free-electron laser facilities in Stanford, CA, and Hamburg, Germany. Some of the responsibilities and research projects for the postdoctoral research associates include:

  • Multi-color pump-probe experiments in ultrafast AMO physics and photochemistry employing various electron and ion imaging techniques with the above laser systems.
  • Femto-/Attosecond experiments at X-ray free-electron laser facilities.
  • Imaging molecular dynamics of ion-beam targets using ultrafast, intense laser pulses.

Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in physics, physical chemistry or a related field by the time the position begins. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas: Coincidence ion and/or electron momentum imaging; femtosecond laser optics; strong-field physics and ultrafast laser-matter interactions; experiments with X-ray free-electron lasers or synchrotron radiation; two-color and/or pump-probe experiments.

The appointment will be a term appointment. The successful candidate(s) should also demonstrate a strong commitment to mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students and to serving a diverse population. Candidates should submit an application letter including research interests, curriculum vita, and contact information, including e-mail addresses, of at least three references through this link:

Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.
For further information, please contact Prof. Daniel Rolles at, Prof. Artem Rudenko at, or Prof. Itzik Ben-Itzhak at

  • Kansas State University is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Background checks required.

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Contact Information

  • Peggy Matthews
    James R. Macdonald Lab - Department of Physics
    Kansas State University
    119 Cardwell Hall
    1228 N. 17th St.
    Manhattan, KS 66506
  • 785-532-1602
  • 785-532-6806

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