POSITION SUMMARY: The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) of the University of Rochester has an opening for the Manager of the National Laser Users Facility (NLUF) Program and Coordinator for all external users of the Omega Laser Facility at LLE. The NLUF Manager works with the Department of Energy (DOE) -NNSA office, Omega Facility operations staff, and the Omega Experimental and Theory Divisions staff to ensure the success of experimental campaigns led by external users. In addition to the NLUF Program, the position coordinates the Laboratory Basic Sciences (LBS) Program that enables scientists from DOE?s National Laboratories and LLE to conduct research programs on the Omega facilities. The NLUF and LBS Programs execute approximately 600 experiments per year on the LLE facilities.

The successful applicant will also be expected to broaden the research portfolio of the NLUF and LBS Programs, to seek and encourage new users, and to work with the broad high energy density physics (HEDP) community to increase advocacy and sponsorship. In addition to these responsibilities, the successful applicant is expected to actively participate in the ongoing research programs at LLE. While the exact fraction of the time spent in research will be flexible, it is expected to be in the range of 50% averaged over the year.

The NLUF Manager is part of the senior management team at LLE and will be expected to communicate the results of work carried out on the facility to NNSA and other sponsors, the national laboratories, and the broader HEDP and ICF scientific community.

Specific NLUF responsibilities include:

  • Conduct and coordinate with NNSA the NLUF (bi-annual) solicitation for shot time on Omega
  • Conduct the annual Laboratory Basic Science (LBS) solicitation for NNSA and Office of Science laboratories
  • Serve as sub-committee chair for the Basic Science program on the Omega Facility Advisory and Scheduling Committee (FASC)
  • Serve as user coordinator- communicating FASC decisions to all users (including LLE users), resolve conflicts
  • Update and publish the Omega Users' Guide
  • Serve as liaison to Omega Laser Users Group (OLUG)
  • Communicate user community status to LLE Trustees, distinguished visitors, and others

Omega Experimental User Coordinator functional tasks include the following:

  • Form merit-review committees to evaluate the NLUF and LBS proposals
  • Coordinate LLE feasibility analysis for proposed NLUF and LBS experiments
  • Document committee discussions of NLUF proposal review including recommendations on proposal approval/disapproval and shot/funding allocation
  • Support the NNSA in communicating the results of the NLUF review to the principal investigators
  • Communicate results of LBS review to the applicants
  • Communicate results of NLUF and LBS reviews to LLE management
  • Prepare annual summaries of all external user experiments for the LLE Annual Report
  • Maintain and communicate information on external user publication activity
  • Maintain and communicate information on external user graduate student research and employment destinations

In addition to these specific responsibilities, the successful applicant is to help develop new initiatives, grow the sponsor base and be an advocate for external users both within and outside of LLE. This includes:

  • Outreach to Universities and Industry for NLUF
  • Outreach to DOE laboratories for LBS
  • Participation in activities of the American Research Infrastructure Alliance (ARIA) (aka NUFO), a planned non-for-profit entity acting as an independent, third party validator of the importance of research at user facilities

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant area of high-energy-density physics or related field, a demonstrated record of scientific accomplishment and leadership, and excellent communication and organizational skills. Candidates should have prior experience as a user of the Omega facility or equivalent experience in user facilities for HEDP research.

Candidates are invited to apply online at
Please apply to Job Opening ID 205865.

In addition to the online application, qualified applicants should submit a dossier that includes a curriculum vitae and a list of publications. The applicant should also arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent to LLE. All supplemental materials should be sent to the attention of: John Schoen, Administrative Director, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, 250 East River Road, Rochester, NY 14623-1212 E-mail: Fax: (585) 275-5960.

Posted on 10 January 2018

Laser Development and Engineering


POSITION SUMMARY: The Laboratory is seeking an entry level position working in a class 100 cleanroom, working on state-of-the-art research in thin film coatings, and responsible for high precision cleaning of large optics and inspection prior to coating. Candidate will participate in development of cleaning methods for glass and hydroscopic optics, sol-gel coatings, and structured thin films and assist in the maintenance of optics on the OMEGA laser system to prevent costly damage to system components. Ability to manipulate heavy mechanisms and glass substrates required.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Laboratory Technician reports to the Cleanroom Operations Supervisor in the Optical Manufacturing Group and duties include the following:

  • Cleaning and preparation of substrates prior to the deposition or assembly process
  • Inspection and quality assurance of incoming glass substrates and optical coatings
  • Cleaning and handling hydroscopic materials
  • Maintenance of a class 100 cleanroom and equipment for optical cleaning
  • Sol-gel coating of optical substrates by spin-coat and dip methods
  • Chemical stripping of varioust materials (e.g. photoresist, dielectric films) from large substrates. Work is done in a fume hood
  • Maintain records on the condition of each optic and document all process information
  • Assembly of optical substrates into various holders and mounts
  • Data entry and operating custom software on a windows based computer
  • Troubleshoot malfunctioning equipment and make simple repairs

REQUIREMENTS: Familiarity with any of the following technical aspects is a plus:

  • Cleanroom gowning protocols and contamination control procedures
  • Surface inspection and characterization techniques. (e.g. scratch/dig, cleanliness)
  • Mechanical assembly processes using hand-held tools

The position will require the ability to manipulate heavy mechanisms and glass substrates. A willingness to interact with fellow technicians, research scientists, students, and vendors with a friendly and professional attitude is essential for carrying out the duties of this job.

QUALIFICATIONS: The candidate should have an Associates degree in electronics, optics, or mechanical technology, plus two-years experience in a hands-on technical field or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Candidates are invited to apply online at
Please apply to Job Opening ID 203297.

Posted on 16 August 2017


Position Summary: The Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester is seeking an entry level mechanical design engineer to join the mechanical engineering group. This engineer will design and engineer equipment used in support of laboratory research in the fields of high energy physics, optics, lasers and materials.

Typical projects involve the design of equipment that may be used in high vacuum, clean rooms or cryogenic environments. Assigned projects will include design of laser system components (mechanical, opto-mechanical and electro-mechanical), precision instruments, fixtures, vacuum systems and cryogenic systems.


  • Design mechanical systems and components utilizing 3D CAD software.
  • Validate design work with appropriate analysis (stress analysis, tolerance, etc).
  • Generate drawings and other documentation suitable for fabrication.
  • Generate presentation material for design review or peer review.
  • Collaborate with co-workers and scientific staff to provide mechanical designs that meet the requirements of the assigned project.


  • BSME with 0-2 years of experience.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Candidates are invited to apply online at
Please apply to Job Opening ID 204216.

Posted on 2 October 2017


The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester is currently seeking a Lead Control System Engineer. The successful candidate must have a experience in programming SCADA/PLC equipment (GE/Fanuc experience a plus), and be capable of interacting with a team of scientists, instrument specialists, mechanical, optical, and software engineers to develop control system solutions for cutting edge research. This position requires a BS in electrical engineering (or equivalent experience/training) and a minimum of 5 years relevant experience.

Candidates are invited to apply online at
Please apply to Job Opening ID 205577.

Posted on 13 December 2017


OMEGA Facility


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