International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy

73rd Meeting - June 18-22, 2018 - Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

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  1. Industry (PostDoc/Short-Term) -- Postdoctoral Research Position - Laser Spectroscopy: Expire Date: 2018-06-01
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    Postdoctoral Research Position - Laser Spectroscopy

    Job Level: PostDoc/Short-Term
    Job Type: Industry
    Expire Date: 2018-06-01

    Postdoctoral Research Position
    Laser Spectroscopy and Chemical Physics

    A postdoctoral research position, from 1 up to 3 years duration, is available starting summer/fall of 2017 in the laboratory of Dr. Tony Smith at Ideal Vacuum located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The research involves laser spectroscopic studies of reactive intermediates of the carbon family, group 14 containing elements (C, Si, Ge, Sn, and Pb) with particular emphasis on those that are of importance to vacuum coating and deposition processes, such applications as, thin film coating, chemical vapor deposition, semiconductor growth, and astrophysics. These transient species are produced in the gas-phase either by laser ablation or electric discharge and are studied inside free-jet expansions. Laser-induced fluorescence (LIF), stimulated emission pumping (SEP), dispersed fluorescence (DF), and fluorescence lifetimes are used to detect and characterize these reactive intermediate molecules. We also use ab initio quantum chemistry methods to predict molecular structures and spectroscopic parameters to aid our experimental data analysis. Personnel in the laboratory have the opportunity to conduct experiments with the instrumentation at Ideal Vacuum and travel to do collaborative research with other research groups.

    We are seeking research scientists that excel at collecting experimental data. Hands on skills operating and manual tuning of commercial lasers is a must. In our laboratory, we have the following laser and high technology research equipment:

    Key Laboratory Equipment
    • Coherent 699-29 Ultra-High Resolution Ring Dye Laser
    • Coherent 899-21 Ultra-High Resolution Ti:Sapphire Laser
    • CW Ring Laser Dye Pulse-Amplifier (Resolution 200 MHz)
    • Coherent Verdi CW Pump Laser
    • Lumonics HD-500 Low-Resolution Pulse Dye Lasers (Resolution 0.08 cm-1)
    • Continuum Surelite SL-III Nd:YAG Lasers
    • Lambda Physik Scanmate 2E (Resolution 0.03 cm-1)
    • Spex 500M Scanning Monochromator
    • Andor iStar 320T intensified CCD camera
    • Thermo Nicolet iS50 FT-IR Spectrometer (Precursor Gas Quality Analysis)
    A qualified candidate will have experience operating, setting up experiments, and hands-on tuning/alignment of these types of laser systems. For example, we collect Ultra-high resolution (UHR) spectra with a 300 MHz Doppler limited linewidth using our CW ring laser pulse dye amplifier apparatus. Our UHR LIF spectra are calibrated by simultaneously collecting the sub-Doppler spectrum of I2 and fringes from both a 1.5 GHz and 300 MHz etalons (etalons are passively-locked to a stabilized He:Ne laser beam while also being temperature and pressure stabilized) allowing calibration to 20 MHz. A good candidate will be efficient at operating these types of complicated experimental setups and excel at collecting spectroscopic data.

    • Educated to doctorate degree level in a Science or Engineering discipline
    • Hands-on experience conducting advanced laser spectroscopy experiments is a must
    • Confident experimentalist, able to set up experiments, tune and align high-resolution CW lasers, collect quality LIF and DF data
    • Enjoys designing new laboratory instruments
    • Enjoys spectroscopy, finding and characterizing the LIF spectra of new molecules in the gas-phase
    • Able to multitask, maintain laser experiments, collecting quality data, while doing other tasks, such as ab initio calculations and data analysis
    • Salary $55,000 per year
    • Health Care Package
    • Dental & Vision Package
    • 401K Retirement Package
    • Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Sick Leave
    • Relocation Compensation Is Available
    How to Apply:

    Well-qualified individuals with experience in experimental laser spectroscopy, chemical physics, molecular spectroscopy and vacuum techniques are invited to apply by sending an email message with details about their background and research interests. Read more about this position on our website at or please email resume and references to

    By Regular Mail To:
    Ideal Vacuum Products
    Human Resources
    5910 Midway Park Blvd NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87109
    Phone: (505) 872-0037
    Fax: (505) 872-9001

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