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The Photon Ultrafast Laser Science and Engineering Institute is a Stanford independent laboratory providing world leadership in ultrafast and short wavelength science and technology.


Apply to attend Ultrafast X-Ray Summer School (UXSS) in Hamburg, Germany

The Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) at DESY in Hamburg, Germany will be hosting the Ultrafast X-ray Summer School 2015 (UXSS 2015). UXSS 2015 is jointly organized by CFEL and the PULSE institute at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The summer school program will be highly interdisciplinary, with topics ranging from accelerator physics to molecular biology, and is intended to give doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the latest developments and opportunities in ultrafast X-ray science. Invited speakers include PULSE Deputy Director, David Reis, and Senior Staff Scientist, Markus Guehr. Mariano Trigo, PULSE Associate Staff Scientist, will be co-chairing the summer school.

Please note that the number of summer school participants will be limited. In order to facilitate the selection of participants, applicants are asked to provide a short text describing their educational and scientific background and their motivation for applying for participation in UXSS 2015. To apply and for more information, please visit the UXSS website. The application deadline is March 31, 2015.

PULSE welcomes Dr. Jan Michael Rost, Visiting Scholar from the Max Planck Institute

PULSE would like to welcome Dr. Jan Michael Rost who will be spending his sabbatical at the Institute from February-August 2015. Dr. Rost has been the director of the “Finite Systems” division at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems and professor for Quantum Dynamics at the Technische Universitaet in Dresden, Germany since 2000. He obtained his PhD in Theoretical Physics at the University of Freiburg and completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Washington in Seattle and Harvard University. He is interested in the understanding of  finite systems, excited by short pulses from the infrared to X-ray wavelength, where finite refers to the number of constituents or geometrical constraints. Specific questions range from basic single electron dynamics over mechanisms of radiation damage and charge re-localization to coupling  of a system to its environment, formed by light or matter. We look forward to having Dr. Rost at PULSE over the coming months.

For more information about his research and publications, please visit his website at the Max Planck Institute.

Apply to be a Panofsky Fellow at SLAC

The Panofsky Fellowship honors SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory’s founder and first Director, Wolfgang K. H. Panofsky. It is intended to recognize exceptional and promising young scientists who would most benefit from the unique opportunity to conduct their research at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. While the scientific direction of the candidates is expected to have some overlap with existing programs, an emphasis will also be placed on the potential for innovation and growth of new opportunities as their career develops. The intent is to foster the creativity and high achievement to which W.K.H. Panofsky devoted himself both as a researcher and as a visionary leader in enabling fundamental science research.

Fellowship appointments are awarded by the SLAC Director following a lab-wide selection process. The appointment carries a five-year term with salary and benefits comparable to an Assistant Professorship at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory along with generous research support funds. Fellows routinely serve as dissertation advisors to Stanford University graduate students . Since the Fellowship's inception in 1989, Panofsky Fellows have gone on to play important roles in their fields as members of the Faculty and Staff of prominent institutions.

Candidate area of research should encompass one or more areas within the general scope of the science program at SLAC:

  • Accelerator science
  • Biosciences
  • Chemical science
  • Elementary particle physics
  • Material science
  • Particle astrophysics and cosmology

To Apply:

Applicants should provide a cover letter, a CV and a vision statement for their proposed research at SLAC, along with arranging for three supporting reference letters. Candidates should be in their early postdoctoral careers, yet widely recognized as having potential for exceptional scholarship, breadth, innovation, and leadership. The deadline for the 2015 application is March 15, 2015.  Applications should be submitted via this link.


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