Postdoctoral appointee – X-ray optics and diagnostics for X-Ray free-electron lasers

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Requisition Number: 410136 Location: Lemont, IL
Functional Area: Research and Development Division: XSD-X-Ray Science Division
Employment Category: Temporary 6 Months or Greater Education Required: Not Indicated
Level (Grade): 700 Shift: 8:30 – 5:00

The X-Ray Science Division of Advanced Photon Source (APS) at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) is offering a Postdoctoral position to conduct research on x-ray cavities of cavity-based x-ray free-electron lasers (CB-XFELs). CB-XFELs are future fully coherent hard x-ray sources of extreme spectral brightness. Your work will be focused on computer simulations of x-ray cavities; development and tests of x-ray-cavity optical components, x-ray monitors, cavity alignment procedures, and eventually on cavity tests.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in physics with solid knowledge in optics (including x-ray optics).
  • Considerable skills in experimental physics and experience of working with complex optical systems are required. 
  • Competence in using complex software and ability to develop new software tools is essential.
  • Experience of working at synchrotron radiation or XFEL facilities. 
  • Understanding of abstract physical concepts and the ability to synthesize experimental results into a proper theoretical framework.
  • Good written and oral communication skills for writing scientific papers and presenting research results at scientific meetings are important.
  • Knowledge of Linux operating system, LaTeX document preparation system, GLE or other advanced graphical tools, Python or other programming languages is desired.”

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