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The National Science Foundation (NSF) Physics Frontiers Center for Matter at Atomic Pressure (CMAP), a multi-institutional enterprise anchored at the University of Rochester, invites applications for the following positions.

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Postdoc opening at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf in cooperation with University of Rostock in the field of plasma physics at X-ray free electron lasers, in particular for design, preparation and performing complex experiments combining high-energy and ultra-high intensity Iasers with X-ray free electron Iasers for a most complete dynamic characterization of solid-state density plasmas, in particular warm dense matter. The position will benefit from the newly available HIBEF infrastructure at the High Energy Density Instrument of European XFEL and will investigate specific science cases with applications in planetary physics, stellar physics, relativistic laser-matter interactions and materials science. The position will be based primarily in Rostock or Dresden, depending on the specific interest of the successful candidate.


Application Deadline
July 14, 2022

Position Available Date
September 1, 2022

Dominik Kraus:

Postdoc opening at Princeton University. The project will involve the use of gas guns and high-powered lasers to dynamically compress materials to conditions of extreme pressure, temperature, and strain rate combined with diagnostics such as in situ X-ray diffraction, laser interferometry, and optical spectroscopy.


Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Tom Duffy:

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