Experimental Shock Physics /Energetic & Explosive
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 8/24/2019

Opportunity Description

Experimental Shock Physics and Characterization of Energetic and Explosive Materials Located at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is the Army’s central laboratory. Its diverse assortment of unique facilities and dedicated workforce of government and private sector partners make up the largest source of world-class integrated research and analysis in the Army. Extensive experimental studies are needed to develop an understanding of the dynamic response of materials to extreme pressure/temperature conditions for use in model validation. Typical efforts focus on elucidating the relationship between the structure and properties of the materials under extreme conditions as it applies to detonation phenomena. Exceptional post-doctoral candidates are sought in the area of experimental shock physics; relevant diagnostic techniques include high-resolution spectroscopy (e.g., time-resolved emission spectra or ultrafast pump-probe techniques), high-speed imaging, and optical pyrometry. The opportunity will entail doing research as part of a large multi-disciplinary program with close integration of experimental and theoretical teams. The research activities involve the development of experimental techniques for investigating material dynamics under extreme conditions, e.g., laser-launched flyer plate experiments for the initiation of energetic materials, laser-induced shock initiation, and measurements of equations of state for new materials using both static and dynamic experiments. This research opportunity aligns with the ARL S&T Campaign in the area of Sciences for Lethality and Protection/Ballistics and Blast: Weapons and Energy Projection. Eligibility: Applicants should have received a Ph.D. degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or a closely related discipline. Candidates should demonstrate a strong academic background with research experience in experimental shock physics, as evidence by recent presentations and peer-reviewed publications. U.S. citizens only. Experience with lasers, shock compression, Hugoniot equations of state measurements, crystallography, and/or high pressure research is highly desirable. Advisor: Gottfried, Jennifer [Click Here To Join]; 410-278-7573) Click here for more information

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