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Research Associate Physics - Optics and Metrology

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Develop new and improved processes for the ex-situ and in-situ metrology, and the ion beam figuring. The potential research areas could be
  • Establish phase measuring deflectometry using deep learning for 2D curved X-ray mirror metrology, and/or
  • Use, extend and improve the ex-situ and in-situ metrology capabilities by improving the hardware and algorithms, and/or
  • Investigate the use of deep learning techniques for ion beam figuring
  • Publishes results in peer reviewed journals
  • Present research work and results to the management or scientific meetings

Position Requirements:

  • PhD in Physics or other engineering disciplines in optical metrology
  • Knowledge in optical metrology techniques and instrumentation
  • Skills in system integration and development of data acquisition and data analysis software
  • Extensive experience in development of algorithms related to mirror optical metrology
  • Excellent analytical and experimental skills
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills to interact effectively with a diverse group of scientists, engineers, and technical staff

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (knowledge or experience in one or more of the following):

  • interfacing hardware and developing data acquisition software in C++
  • data analysis software such as MATLAB, Python, etc.
  • machine learning and deep learning
  • fringe analysis, phase measurement, deflectometry, and Hartmann wavefront sensing
  • system integration and troubleshooting
  • verification methods for ultra-high precision optics (interferometer, microscope, etc)
  • General understanding of optics and optics manufacturing methods