Post Doctoral Research Associate | U.S. Army DEVCOM – Armaments Center – Benet Laboratories Directorate


Posted: 20-Dec-22

Location: Watervliet, New York

Salary: $65,000


Physics: Materials

Physics: Optics and Laser

Physics: Semiconductor


Government and National Lab

Work Function:

Postdoctoral Research

Required Education:


Additional Information:

Employer will assist with relocation costs.

The U.S. Army’s DEVCOM – Armaments Center (AC), seeks applicants for one post doctoral research position.

As a post doc at AC-Benet labs, you will lead a self-directed research program into group IV alloy optoelectronic materials, using pulsed laser processing techniques.  The goal will be to study optoelectronic properties, material quality (structural characterization, defect identification) and atomic ordering as a function of nonequilibrium processing with pulsed lasers  in comparison to material grown with conventional techniques such as chemical vapor deposition. 


Research will be conducted at Benet Labs, near Albany, NY.  Benet has extensive laser tools and structural and optoelectronic characterization equipment, including two nanosecond pulsed laser systems, deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS), an optical parametric oscillator (OPO), microwave reflectivity lifetime spectroscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL), and dual-beam SEM/Focused Ion Beam (FIB) for sample prep.  Other techniques, such as atom probe tomography (APT), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), terahertz photocarrier lifetime spectroscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), and more, are available through Benet’s network of collaborators, including the University of Arkansas, Dartmouth University, Wesleyan University, École Polytechnique-Montreal, and several Department of Defense labs.


  • A doctorate in Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, or Electrical Engineering is required
  • Familiarity with some of the above techniques, and/or pulsed laser systems, and/or group IV semiconductors and alloys, are highly desirable
  • Demonstrated excellence in research as evidenced by journal publications and conference presentations
  • Ability to work collaboratively with researchers at other institutions, and to proactively initiate and maintain such collaborations
  • The position is only open to full U.S. citizens. Green card holders are not eligible for this position.  You must be able to obtain a security clearance.


Fellowships are administered through the National Research Council’s Research Associateship program.  The salary is $65k, plus health insurance, relocation expenses, and an annual conference travel stipend.  The position is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years, subject to the availability of funding.

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About U.S. Army DEVCOM – Armaments Center – Benet Laboratories Directorate

The Army’s DEVCOM – Armaments Center – Benet Labs is an Army research and development organization located in Watervliet, NY. In addition to engineering design and support, the lab conducts basic and applied research into a variety of topics including materials, coatings, optoelectronics, surfaces, and synthesis chemistry. In the heart of New York’s “tech valley”, Benet is in close proximity to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, SUNY Polytechnic, Global Foundries, Regeneron, and numerous other technical institutions and companies. The Albany area is a short drive from the Adirondack Mountains, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and the Berkshires of Massachusetts, and is about 3 hours from Boston and New York City.

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