The NIST APD Sources and Detectors Group is anticipating the need for a Ph.D. physicist or engineer to join the Group as a researcher and calibration leader for high-power laser measurements and manufacturing applications. A broad set of activities are expected, ranging from research in laser-based manufacturing methods, industrial laser sources and detector metrology, customer-oriented power meter calibrations, to laser power meter primary standard development.
Our Group provides the U.S. and much of the world SI-traceable, laser power and pulsed energy measurements. Our research and calibrations span the UV to THz spectrum with powers as low as single photons to over 100 kW (continuous wave). The Group’s customers are primarily manufacturers of laser metrology equipment and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). This position will emphasize metrology and calibration of high-power lasers and instrumentation.
The candidate will have a record of scientific publications in laser-based manufacturing, high power/energy laser system design, and high-power laser instrumentation development. The candidate will also have a keen interest in the NIST mission of undertaking and maintaining calibration services while leading the Group into the future of emerging high-power, fast pulse, and other manufacturing-related laser applications (laser-based additive manufacturing, welding, cutting, and cladding). Nearly half of the time spent in this position shall be maintaining and undertaking calibration services, customer interactions, working with DoD sponsors, performing high-power laser measurements at customer sites, and potentially creating new calibration services to meet customer needs. The balance of time will be spent leading the Group into the future with fundamental research, publications and presentations, networking with other researchers in the field, and seeking support (internal and external) to ensure the long-term viability of the Group. For example, we seek a unified traceability to Planck’s constant for optical power, small mass, and force by means of photon momentum. We also seek a means of lowering the uncertainty of small mass and force measurements by means of accurate knowledge of photon momentum (optical power).
Interested candidates must be a U.S. Citizen and should submit the following to Crysti Owens by email to email@example.com: a cover letter describing their vision for high-power laser measurements and calibration services, as well as fundamental metrology and SI traceability enabled by photon momentum, a Curriculum Vitae or a Resume, and a list of potential references. Review of applications will begin on July 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The identified candidate may be hired as a Physicist (1310), Mechanical Engineer (0830), or similar, at the level of ZP-IV (GS-13/14 equivalent) with a salary range of $101,028 – $155,196. If you have technical questions concerning this position please contact John Lehman, Group Leader, APD Sources and Detectors Group (firstname.lastname@example.org). The National Institute of Standards and Technology of the Department of Commerce is an Equal Opportunity Employer. When a position is available, a vacancy announcement will be posted on WWW.USAJOBS.GOV.
Competence needed: - High power laser operation and safety - Laser metrology - Hands-on experience with laser-metal manufacturing processes (welding, cladding, or additive manufacturing) - Designing/Building optical experiments - Test equipment - Simulation and modeling tools (COMSOL for example) - A high level programming language (.LV, .C, .Py, .M, etc…) - Managing a laboratory
Desired skills: (Candidate can learn these on the job, but experience is preferred) - Radiometry / Calorimetry - Calibrations - Uncertainty analysis
Telecommuting is allowed.
About DOC NIST PML Applied Physics Division
The mission of the Applied Physics Division is to advance measurement science and technology in areas of critical importance to national priority needs, such as, advanced manufacturing, national security, quantum communications, strategic computing, and quantitative imaging. Photonics, magnetics, and imaging are transformative technologies where fundamental metrological basis is needed to address these national priority needs.