The University of Texas at Austin Research Associate in Austin, Texas

Research Associate

Hiring department


Monthly salary

$6,000+ depending on qualifications

Hours per week

40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM

Posting number


Job Status Open

FLSA status Exempt

Earliest Start Date Immediately

Position Duration Funding expected to continue

Position open to all applicants

Location Austin (main campus)

Number of vacancies 1

General Notes

None provided

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply

  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.

Note: The following additional materials are also required for consideration: 3 Letters of Reference Instructions for submission of these materials will be provided at the time the online application has been completed.

Additional Information


Play a key role in planning and implementing a multi-Petawatt ultrashort pulse laser facility at UT Austin. Provide support in the development of a high average power, high peak power mid-IR laser system. Individual will support the science effort and experimental activities of the Extreme Fields and Plasma Group.

Essential Functions

Support the design, construction and activation of the new multi-beam addition to the Texas Laser Facilities, especially a ultrashort pulse, multi-PW beamline. Participate in further developing the science case for the new facility, including quantum effects in strong fields, laboratory astrophysics, laser-particle physics and high energy density physics. Support program development and proposal writing and publish the results at conferences and in peer reviewed journals. Support and direct the ongoing development of a kHz, 100 TW, mid-IR laser system, both in terms of technical work and student project supervision as well as program development and proposal writing and publish the results at conferences and in peer reviewed journals. Design and implement experiments on the Texas Petawatt and other lasers as well as off-site facilities (LANL Trident laser, Omega at LLE Rochester and LCLS at Stanford) and publish the results at conferences and in peer reviewed journals. Support the group leader, Professor Hegelich, in student mentoring and teaching, program development, and general operation of the group.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications

Ph.D. in physics. Two years of post-doctorate work experience in high intensity, short pulse lasers and experiments using those lasers.

Preferred Qualifications

More than two years experience working with high intensity short pulse lasers. Experience in laser, optic, optomechanical design. Proficient with EPOCH, PSC and MCNP software to run simulations in field of High Energy Density Physics or Relativistic Laser Matter Interaction. Undergraduate and graduate student teaching and mentoring experience. Experience writing grant proposals and publishing papers.

Working conditions

Uniforms and/or personal protection equipment (furnished)

May work around standard office conditions

May work around chemicals

May work around electrical and mechanical hazards

Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation

Use of manual dexterity

Climbing of stairs

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification form, I-9. You will be required to present acceptable, original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Information from the documents will be submitted to the federal E-Verify system for verification. Documents must be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in dismissal.

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