Postdoctoral Opportunity – Near-Field Ultrafast Optics

Many phenomena in natural and engineered systems are both spatial and temporal, meaning that they involve dynamical changes and movements of nonuniform patterns.  Examples include wave propagation, heating and cooling, chemical reactions, and diffusion.  The ability to visualize these phenomena is fundamentally limited both by how fast they are and how small they are.

We are seeking a creative and motivated postdoctoral scholar with experience in ultrafast time-resolved measurements and/or near-field nanoscopic measurements.  The selected individual will play a leading role in developing and applying a new time-resolved near-field microscope system that can resolve nanoscale spatial structure, while simultaneously measuring ultrafast dynamical effects.  You will be working closely with an interdisciplinary team of faculty, graduate students on applications that include 2D optoelectronics, photovoltaic materials, integrated photonics, and plasmonics.   You will have access to state-of-the-art ultrafast laser systems, near-field microscopes, nanolithography facilities, and an array of materials characterization tools.  You will be expected to attend and present research at leading conferences and publish your work in the open literature.

Skills and experience sought:

  • PhD awarded (or expected) in Applied Physics, Engineering, Physics, Optics or related field
  • Prior hands-on experience in near-field microscopy/spectroscopy and/or time-resolved ultrafast laser measurements
  • Excellent communication skills (in writing and speaking)
  • Computer-based data acquisition and experimental measurement automation (e.g., using Matlab, Python, LabVIEW, etc.)

Interested applicants should email Thomas E. Murphy (tem@umd.edu) with a CV and list of potential references.

The position is available immediately, and will remain open until filled.  For best consideration, please submit application before Monday February 11, 2018.

The University of Maryland is located in the Washington DC Metropolitan area, which is not only a great place to live, but our proximity to many nearby collaborators, universities, government laboratories, and sponsors makes it an ideal place for a young scientist to launch a career. The University also offers excellent benefits and competitive salary.

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