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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Theoretical and Computational Laser Biophysics


711 Human Performance Wing, RHD/Bioeffects Division

RO# Location
13.15.10.B7570 Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234


Name E-mail Phone
Thomas, Robert James 210.539.8150


This opportunity includes the development of new high-performance computing solutions to the physics and biology of laser-tissue interactions. We are interested in laser sources from the ultraviolet through the far infrared with pulse durations from femtoseconds to continuous-wave. Research topics available include theoretical analysis and numerical simulations relating to (1) the thermodynamics and optics of tissues illuminated by laser sources; (2) propagation light in living tissues subject to linear and nonlinear mechanisms; (3) thermo-acoustic response and ablation of tissues by laser sources; (4) mechanisms for damage along with associated rate-process models; and (5) interplay between the damage mechanisms, mechanical, thermodynamics, and propagation effects (multiphysics models).

Selected applicants should expect to work with AFRL staff, collaborating university faculty, and summer students at the graduate and undergraduate level to develop and then integrate model components with existing in-house models, increasing the scope and the applicability of resulting research findings across the laser frequency and pulse property spectrum.



Clark III CD, Denton ML, Thomas RJ: Journal of Biomedical Optics 16: 020504, 2011

Clark III CD, Thomas RJ: Optical and Quantum Electronics 41: 849, 2010


Laser; Tissues; Biophotonics; Spectroscopy; Thermodynamics; Acoustic; Ablation; Damage; Propagation;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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