Summary of Duties: The Spokane-based Applied Sciences Laboratory (ASL) of the Institute for Shock Physics (ISP) at Washington State University has an opening for a Research Optical Engineer (Administrative/Professional Staff Member). The initial focus will be on taking a laboratory-based measurement system that has been used in initial field tests, and to solve several engineering problems and then build a rugged system for future field testing. Other responsibilities include conducting optical measurements, maintaining lasers, and contributing to the development of new optical measurement techniques. Occasional travel with access to DoD facilities is required.
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; and Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) of ceramic sensor materials.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Take the lead in the design, development, and use of optical equipment and systems, for optical measurements and other laser-based diagnostics. Participate in the design and development of research methodologies for a broad range of experimental projects. Independently define and complete experimental projects and tasks.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. 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, APD's, 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.
Required Qualifications: A Bachelors degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline and experience performing professional-level work with scientific or engineering research protocols. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. Experimental and analytical skills; understanding and knowledge of research theory; excellent organizational and project management skills.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.