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Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Lincoln-Nebraska in the Lincoln, Nebraska
Date Posted 09/10/2020
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled
  • Education:
    • Doctorate (Required)

Full Job Description

We invite applications to an open position for a full-time postdoctoral researcher at the Extreme Light Laboratory (ELL) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). The laboratory is located on UNL City Campus and houses high-intensity femtosecond-duration laser systems capable of producing up to petawatt-peak power. The lasers are distinguished by exceptional laser beam quality, stability, and parameter control, enabling a wide range of laser-science research with applications in physics, medicine, security, and defense. ELL is one of the ten host institutions of LaserNetUS, a national network of high-power lasers in North America.

For more information, please see

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in physics, optical sciences, electrical engineering, or a closely related field
  • Excellent verbal, presentation, and scientific/technical writing skills
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team environment

Preferred qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in one or more of the following areas: high-intensity high-power ultrashort-pulse lasers and optics, applications of lasers to accelerators, and laser-matter interactions, laser-wakefield acceleration, plasma physics, ultrafast science, or x-ray technology.

Position Description

In this position, you will take a leadership role in the design, development, and operation of lasers and laser-science experiments. Additional duties will include program planning, experimental modeling, design, implementation, data collection, data analysis. Other responsibilities include developing high-level interpersonal skills, creating new partnerships, collaborating with others, work in multidisciplinary teams, and facility users in different research areas and academic units to perform cutting-edge experiments. Train and supervise graduate students, develop protocols, and prepare reports, review the scientific literature to develop research plans, interpret results, and publish scientific findings in peer-reviewed journals. Devise or help draw up new research proposals for funding along with producing content for research publications and presentations.

To apply the for position, please submit the following information:

  • A cover letter specifying relevant qualifications and training
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Publication list
  • Statement of current research interests and expertise
  • Contact information for three professional references

More about The Extreme Light Laboratory

We are pioneers in the science, technology, and applications of high-intensity laser light. Our team includes research scientists, postdocs, graduate students, undergraduates, and technicians. We are experts in petawatt-power and femtosecond-duration lasers, the science of highly relativistic laser-matter interactions, compact laser-driven accelerators, laser-driven x-ray light sources, and their applications for security, defense, and industry. Research at ELL has been featured in various high-profile journals, including Physical Review Letters and Nature Photonics. As a host institution of the national laser network LaserNetUS, we have the opportunity to collaborate with scientists from other institutions worldwide.

Our 8,000-sq.-ft. research facility occupies three floors of the Behlen Lab building on the UNL city campus. The laboratories meet stringent requirements on temperature (±1 C), humidity (< 5%), and vibration control, made possible by separate designated electrical, processed-chilled-water, and air-handling systems. The facility was built and has been directed over the past 15 years by Prof. Donald Umstadter. For more information, see

Benefits of Working at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln:

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability, and long-term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition remission for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent daycare. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises. Please refer to the University of Nebraska Benefits site for information.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse populations we serve. The university fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $50,000.00 per year


  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday


  • Doctorate (Required)

Work Remotely:

  • No
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