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There are openings at the James R. Macdonald Lab.


Theoretical Postdoctoral Fellow
Ultrafast Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Department of Physics
Kansas State University

We will work in theoretical ultrafast atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) physics. You will gain experience in computational molecular physics/chemistry and method development.

Minimum qualifications: You should have earned a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in physics, physical chemistry or a related field by the time the position begins.

Useful qualifications: You would benefit from previous experience performing calculations of x-ray interactions with atoms or molecules. This may include dynamics, rate equations, or calculations of core-excited states.

We will perform research on the interactions of x-rays and molecules. Possible research projects and responsibilities include:

  • Calculating core-excited states of molecules
  • Developing new computational methods to accurately describe electron correlation in core-excited states
  • Dynamical calculations of x-ray interactions with molecules
We will be involved in influencing how time-resolved x-ray experiments can be used to understand electron dynamics. Electron correlation can drive the movement of charges and energy in molecules, and we will develop methods to understand and describe these processes. You should also demonstrate dedication to mentoring graduate and undergraduate students and to serving a diverse population.

Please submit a letter of application, complete resume and a list of 3 references including their email address to K-State Human Capital Services.

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community. We are an affirmative action equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Background checks required.

Originally posted: 24 Oct 2018


Research Associate Position
Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Department of Physics
Kansas State University

The department of physics at Kansas State University is accepting applications for a Research Associate in the area of theoretical atomic, molecular, and optical physics in the research group of Prof. U. Thumm. Applicants are expected to have a strong background in intense-field ultrafast laser science and scientific computing, and to vigorously participate in ongoing research in the JRM laboratory The initial appointment will be for one year and is renewable for a second and third year. The preferred start date is February 1, 2019.

Applications, including a cover letter, CV, a statement of research interests, and a list of three references should be submitted to K-State Human Capital Services. Screening of applicants will begin immediately, and this search will remain open until the position is filled.

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

Originally posted: 22 Oct 2018


There may be other opportunities to join the KSU Physics Department.

Last updated on Friday, 02-Nov-2018