Scientist - Experimental Atomic Physics and Photonics - Job ID 9958

Scientist -- Experimental Atomic Physics and Photonics, Albuquerque

The Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) has been developing innovative technologies and solutions for cutting-edge DoD and intelligence programs for almost six decades. Our expertise is in space and airborne IR, VIS, UV, and RF sensors, small satellite technologies, test and calibration, cybersecurity, data visualization and assurance, and ground stations.

We are seeking an experimental scientist to lead research efforts supporting the development of photonic laser systems for application toward atomic navigation devices and systems. Duties include designing and conducting both basic and applied research experiments in a fully equipped state-of-the-art atomic physics lab. The focus is on integrated laser sources, integrated photonic devices, and metrology related to fiber-based frequency combs, micro-combs, atomic clocks, and photonic system engineering, with emphasis on understanding the physical layer of the experiment and designing/fabricating novel photonic and electro-optic components. 

We seek a candidate who is:

-          Highly creative

-          Capable of independently designing and pursing a challenging set of experiments

-          Capable of communicating results to a diverse set of scientists and managers

Required Qualifications:

-          PhD in physics, electrical engineering, photonics engineering, or related field

-          Demonstrated track record of high-level work in the field of AMO physics or photonics

-          Highly curious and creative in a laboratory environment

-          Works well in a team

-          Demonstrated ability to adapt to new projects and technical areas

-          Familiarity with atom interferometry

-          Understanding of Allen deviation plots

-          Expertise with data acquisition hardware

-          Expertise with laboratory automation

-          Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to present challenging scientific topics clearly and the ability to create well-written papers and technical reports with little or no oversight

-          Experience with the following:

·         Atom chip design, development, and fabrication

·         Sideband cooling theory and/or experimentation

·         Numerical modeling, including magnetic field modeling, optical field modeling (including polarization effects), Monte Carlo/Quantum Monte Carlo analysis (with polarizations handled correctly)

·         Optical dipole traps with cold atoms

·         Micro cavities

·         RF waveguides

-          Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD security clearance

-          U.S. citizenship

-          Occasional CONUS/OCONUS travel

This position is located in Albuquerque on the campus of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.

SDL Benefits: SDL offers competitive salaries and benefits. As a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), SDL also offers unique benefits, such a flexible work schedule and discounted USU tuition of 50% for employees and dependents.


*Affirmative Action - Equal Opportunity Employer