Careers at LLE


ASSISTANT SCIENTIST (132066)

POSITION SUMMARY:

The University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics (UR LLE) invites applications for non-tenure track faculty equivalent computational scientist to join the Laser-Plasma Instabilities group in the Plasma and Ultrafast Laser Science and Engineering (PULSE) division. The PULSE Division supports a broad range of both theoretical/computational and experimental plasma physics science, including inertial confinement fusion, ultrashort pulse laser-plasma science, and ultrafast plasma photonics.

The successful candidate will join the recently awarded hub, IFE-COLoR (Consortium On LPI Research), led by the University of Rochester. The candidate will be expected to have a strong background in inertial confinement fusion and knowledge of the associated hydrodynamic modeling. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics, computational physics, or a related field; they must be a highly motivated self-starter.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Computational studies of inertial fusion energy
  • Code optimization through improved algorithms and parallelization
  • Coupling of an inline 3D Monte Carlo hot electrons package to 3D radiation hydrodynamics code Excession, for interpretation of pre-heat on current OMEGA experiments and extrapolations at higher energy scales for Inertial Fusion Energy
  • Assessment of the effect of magnetic fields on hot electrons by coupling of the hot electron package with magneto-hydrodynamics in Excession
  • Participation in other developments and experiment interpretation related to the 3D modeling of imprint, foams and cross-beam energy transfer
  • Develop new or augmented physics packages.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ph.D. in Physics or an equivalent technical field
  • Computational experience with advanced hydrodynamic simulations
  • Excellent publication record

SALARY RANGE: $82,500 to $110,000 annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates are set within the job's compensation range, and determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

Candidates are invited to apply online at http://apply.interfolio.com/139789.

ASSISTANT SCIENTIST (126039)

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE, www.lle.rochester.edu) at the University of Rochester is seeking a Ph.D.-level individual in Optics, Physics, or Engineering to join the Laser System Science team. LLE is a unique national resource featuring the Omega laser facility, a premier high-energy laser user facility conducting experiments in Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF), High Energy Density Physics (HEDP) and basic science. The Omega facility is home to the OMEGA and OMEGA EP lasers. OMEGA is a 60-beam solid-state laser system capable of delivering 30-kJ, nanosecond UV pulses to a target for fusion experiments. Omega EP is a short-pulse laser system capable of delivering pulses of up to 1-PW power (700J in 700fs). LLE is also developing novel high-energy laser systems, including ultrabroadband and ultra-intense lasers. The Laser System Science team is charged with technical and operational oversight of the OMEGA and OMEGA EP lasers and also contributes to development of the next generation of high-energy and high-power laser systems, including the 25-Petawatt EP OPAL laser currently being designed under an NSF grant.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist in overseeing the safe, efficient operation of the Omega laser facility to satisfy the demands of the user base while ensuring protection of the laser systems.
  • Analyze large sets of laser diagnostic data to validate, calibrate, and refine laser system models, track long-term laser performance, and identify developing issues.
  • Characterize laser system performance, including developing and maintaining laser diagnostics.
  • Lead experimental campaigns on the lasers with the goals of improving understanding and enhancing laser system or diagnostic performance.
  • Work with an interdisciplinary team to rapidly troubleshoot system performance issues in order to maximize facility availability and effectiveness.
  • Lead commissioning of upgrades to the laser systems.
  • Conduct applied research relevant to the Omega laser and future high-energy lasers; communicate research results in scientific journals and conference presentations.
  • Morning and evening shift work is required.

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:

  • A Ph.D., in Optics, Physics, or a relevant engineering field is required. Research experience in lasers or laser-based optical systems (especially solid-state lasers and amplifiers) desired.
  • Ability to develop computer-based data analysis tools in MATLAB or Python (experience mining data from databases is a plus).
  • Understanding of optical physics and optical systems (laser systems and/or nonlinear optics highly desired).
  • Ability to support multiple projects and priorities, and ability to troubleshoot laser performance issues in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to interact with scientists, engineers, technicians, and students.
  • Demonstrated ability to be effective in a team environment.
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance.

SALARY RANGE: $82,500 to $110,000 annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates are set within the job's compensation range, and determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

Candidates are invited to apply online at http://apply.interfolio.com/134259.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT FOR AI/ML (244997)

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Theoretical Division at the University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) is planning to create an Artificial Intelligence/Machine-Learning (ML) Group to significantly expand LLE's effort in applying ML tools to solve a variety of problems relevant to high-energy-density (HED) sciences, operate current laser facilities (OMEGA and OMEGA EP), as well as design and operate future HED facilities that will deliver ~100 of shots per day and will require sophisticated tools for facility operation, engineering, and data acquisition and analysis. LLE seeks a junior-level member for this group at the Assistant Scientist level. The ideal candidate for this role should have a strong background in machine learning with focus on physical science and technology. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics, computational physics, or a related field.

SALARY RANGE: $82,500 to $110,000 annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates are set within the job's compensation range, and determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

Candidates are invited to apply online at www.rochester.edu/jobopp.
Please apply to Job Opening ID 244997.

While applying online and creating their profile, applicants should upload the following additional documents:

  • a cover letter
  • a curriculum vitae and a list of publications.
  • at least two letters of recommendation
  • a statement of research interests and accomplishments,

If you encounter difficulties in uploading documents please e-mail llehradmin@lle.rochester.edu for guidance.

SCIENTIST, COMPUTATIONAL HYDRODYNAMICS (133414)

POSITION SUMMARY: The Integrated Modeling Group in the Laboratory for Laser Energetics' Theoretical Division seeks a Computational Physicist to support the development and optimization of state-of-the-art multi-physics hydrodynamics codes relevant to Inertial Confinement Fusion.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will focus on code development and optimization using state-of-the-art tools and techniques. The candidate will also develop new or augmented physics packages.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should have a PhD in Physics, Astrophysics, Computational Physics, or a related field.

Diversity is a core value at LLE. We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working and learning environment for all students, staff, and faculty. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions.

SALARY RANGE: $100,000 to $140,000 annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates are set within the job's compensation range, and determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

Candidates are invited to apply online at http://apply.interfolio.com/141037.

STAFF SCIENTIST (242244)

POSITION SUMMARY:The Experimental Division at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) seeks candidates at the Staff Scientist level who can contribute to the development of new science using the unique tritium capabilities at LLE who can bring new capabilities to ongoing global magnetic and inertial confinement fusion missions, who will conduct experiments and/or perform simulations using the facilities at LLE, and who will engage with and mentor graduate students in the Division. In addition to a good understanding of vacuum and material science or chemical engineering, the successful candidate should have good interpersonal skills, a willingness to work in a team, and the ability to communicate well in writing.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should have a Ph.D. in an appropriate sub-field of physics, experience as a postdoc or equivalent position, and demonstrated their expertise by publishing their research in peer-reviewed journals.

SALARY RANGE: $115,000 to $180,000 annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates are set within the job's compensation range, and determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

Candidates are invited to apply online at www.rochester.edu/jobopp.
Please apply to Job Opening ID 242244.

In addition to applying online, qualified applicants should submit a dossier that includes a cover letter outlining how the applicant sees themselves contributing to the research project, 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 materials should be sent to the attention of:

Steven Stagnitto, Administrative Director
Laboratory for Laser Energetics
250 East River Road
Rochester, NY 14623-1299
Email: steven.stagnitto@rochester.edu
Fax: 585-276-2420

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