Careers at LLE


POSITION SUMMARY:

The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester is a unique national resource with a premier high-power laser facility for research in inertial confinement fusion (ICF), high-energy-density physics (HEDP), and basic science. The Laboratory is performing ignition-related experiments on its own OMEGA Laser System, as well as the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Scientists from LLE have been instrumental in the development of experimental techniques and diagnostics while collaborating with scientists at Lawrence Livermore and other national laboratories on the key science campaigns leading to ignition and to better understanding of HEDP.

LLE is home to both the OMEGA and OMEGA EP Laser Systems. OMEGA is a 60-beam solid-state laser system capable of delivering 30-kJ, nanosecond UV pulses to a target. OMEGA EP is a short-pulse laser system capable of delivering up to 1-PW intensities (700 J in 700 fs). Research is conducted for LLE as well as other national laboratories and universities.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • The HEDP-Theory Group in LLE?s Theoretical Division seeks a computational/theoretical physicist to carry out rigorous and high-impact researches in high-energy-density science important to both ICF and basic science.
  • The successful candidate will focus on the development of machine-learning augmented orbital-free non-interacting and exchange-correlation free-energy density functionals for density-functional theory (DFT), software implementation and their applications to matter at warm-dense conditions by means of ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations and Kubo-Greenwood approach to characterize the equation of state, transport and optical properties of materials under extreme conditions.
  • Close collaborations between HED theorists and experimentalists are being actively pursued at LLE.

DESIRED SKILLS OR EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience with DFT codes such as Quantum-Espresso/ABINIT/VASP
  • good interpersonal skills
  • the willingness to work in a team
  • the ability to communicate well in writing

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A Ph.D. in quantum many-body physics, atomic and molecular physics, condensed matter physics, plasma physics, or a related area is required.

This project, funded by NSF, offers a competitive salary which will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

This Research Associate position will open in the spring 2023 (with some flexibility), and applications will be considered until the position is filled. The position will be funded for two years.

Candidates are invited to apply online at www.rochester.edu/jobopp.
Please apply to Job Opening ID 241486.

In addition to the online application, qualified applicants should submit a dossier that includes a cover letter outlining how the applicant sees himself/herself 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 supplemental 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

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester has an opening for the leader of the Omega Experiments Group within the Experimental Division. The successful candidate will provide leadership and oversight of the Omega Experiments Group consisting of eight group members performing research and development in inertial confinement fusion (ICF) and high energy density physics (HEDP) experiments conducted on the Omega Laser Facility and the National Ignition Facility.

The group conducts interdisciplinary research and interacts with the whole of the laboratory, including theory, facility operations, engineering and target fabrication to meet its research goals. The laser direct drive implosions of cryogenically layered deuterium-tritium spherical targets and associated HEDP are studied holistically, including: laser uniformity, laser absorption, laser ablation, laser imprint, shock propagation, energy coupling, hydrodynamic instabilities, laser plasma interactions, hot-electron preheating, implosion symmetry, hot-spot formation, residual kinetic energy, nuclear fusion, compressed areal density. The group performs research and development of innovative target designs to understand and improve implosion performance and of novel diagnostics (optical, X ray, gamma ray, particle) to provide experimental insights.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead and mentor a world leading group of researchers in their research and technical growth
  • Serve as a member of the Laboratory's management and leadership team
  • Identify research and development goals for the Experimental Division, implement a scientific plan to achieve those goals, and provide updates on goals for the funding agency
  • Foster collaborations internally and with external partners: universities, national labs, and industry
  • Participate in the National Diagnostics Working Group
  • Working with group members to define the annual experimental campaigns conducted on the Omega Laser Facility, the National Ignition Facility or other facilities as appropriate
  • Participate as a member of the Omega Facility and Scheduling Committee evaluating experimental proposals; oversee operation of Omega Laser Facility; and work with the Omega Laser Users Group
    • Track and report on the team performance
    • Develop and manage group's budget (projects, equipment, supplies, travel)
    • Allocate and provide required resources for group members' research and development
    • Conduct annual performance evaluations of group members
    • Actively participate in workforce planning, quality assurance, mentoring, and training.
    • Participate in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new workforce in order to retain the best and brightest scientists and engineers to meet the evolving research and development needs of the Experimental Division
    • Recognize, create, and implement plans to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the group, division, and laboratory

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • PhD in Physics, Engineering, or related field
  • Significant experience and subject matter expertise in research and development related to inertial confinement fusion and high energy density physics with a record of published scholarship
  • Demonstrated record of leadership, including personnel management in a high-technology research environment.
  • Experience leading innovative initiatives, fostering scientific collaborations, building multi-disciplinary research teams, and sustaining relationships with management, research teams, other divisions within LLE, external collaborators, and sponsors
  • Experience in decision making and leadership skills necessary to work independently, to work effectively in a team environment, and to oversee the work of others
  • Demonstrated commitment to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment
  • Expert communication skills, both written and verbal, necessary to effectively explain, present, negotiate, advise, and influence the senior leadership team at LLE
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to apply, lead, and develop cutting-edge techniques to address challenges of ICF and /or high energy density physics.
  • Experience in guiding and providing strategic direction for projects to a diverse group of scientists, engineers, and technicians, using expert level communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills

Candidates are invited to apply online at www.rochester.edu/jobopp.
Please apply to Job Opening ID 237861.

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:

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

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.

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 himself/herself 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

The Laboratory for Laser Energetics seeks a staff scientist with experience modeling, designing, and building lasers to work on cutting edge systems. Experience with solid-state lasers, frequency conversion systems, and optical systems design is strongly desired.

Strong candidates should also have a broad knowledge of optical physics, and must be able to lead projects and manage multiple priorities. In addition, the candidate is expected to publish in peer-reviewed journals and attend conferences.

Ph.D. in Optics, Physics, or similar plus 10 years of experience is desired.

Candidates are invited to apply online at www.rochester.edu/jobopp.
Please apply to Job Opening ID 228136.

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:

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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