NDC Physicist

The Nuclear Data Center of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) is seeking a highly qualified individual for a Physicist position in experimental nuclear structure data evaluation. The applicant is expected to carry out state-of-the-art work in nuclear data evaluation relevant to the research at National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) now and the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) in the future.

The Nuclear Data Center at NSCL, a member of U.S. Nuclear Data Program (USNDP), was established and started in April, 2015, for a surge of new data can be foreseen in the near future from the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at MSU, which will be the largest facility for researches in nuclear physics in US. This data center will serve to enhance scientific discoveries by promptly compiling, evaluating and disseminating all new data from FRIB. The NSCL data center is also responsible for evaluating data for the mass region of A=31-44, as assignment within the international Nuclear Structure and Decay Data (NSDD) network and helps develop and improve the analysis and utility tools used in data compilation and evaluation, as well as gets involved in data related research experiments.

NSCL is a world-leading laboratory for nuclear science and is operated as a national user facility for research with rare isotope beams funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). It is home to forefront experimental and theoretical research programs in nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, nuclear chemistry and accelerator science with more than 70 Ph.D. students at any time. FRIB is being established as a user facility and is supported by the Department of Energy Office of Science. When completed in 2022 it will vastly expand the range of rare isotope beams available to the research community and offer tremendous potential for scientific discovery. The new faculty member will be centrally involved in this discovery.

The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for weekly compiling newly-published structure and decay data and all data from NSCL and FRIB in the future for the XUNDL database and for evaluating data for 2-3 mass chains per year for the ENSDF database, as well as developing and maintaining utility and analysis codes for data compilation and evaluation.

Details about NSCL faculty appointments are provide at

 Applicants must have a

  1. PhD degree in experimental nuclear physics, specifically in nuclear structure.
  2. The desired qualifications include:
  3. 5+ years post-graduate experience in experimental nuclear physics research and familiar with experimental techniques and methods in nuclear structure experiments.
  4. 5+ years’ experience in experimental nuclear structure data compilation and evaluation.
  5. 5+ years’ experience in program coding with Java, Python, FORTRAN, C/C++.

For immediate consideration, please go to www.jobs.msu.edu and search for posting number 5098 and apply. Applicants must also email a curriculum vitae, cover letter, publication list, contact information of three references, to Prof. Michael Thoennessen: thoennessen@nscl.msu.edu. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.