The National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) is a rare-isotope accelerator facility in the US and conducts advanced research in fundamental nuclear science, nuclear astrophysics, accelerator physics, and related instrumentation technologies. Located on the campus of Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing, MI, the NSCL is home to the nuclear physics graduate program ranked #1 by US News & World Report. In 2008, NSCL was awarded $680 million over a decade by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and MSU to build the “Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB)”. FRIB will be the premier national user facility for research with rare-isotope beams (http://www.nscl.msu.edu and http://www.frib.msu.edu ). NSCL/FRIB Laboratory is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to the development of a diverse workforce.
We are looking for a post-doctoral Research Associate (RA) to participate in the low energy beam simulation research program supporting the design of a deep underground, low energy, nuclear astrophysics accelerator facility (DIANA, Dual Ion Accelerator for Nuclear Astrophysics). This low energy accelerator will be in installed in a deep underground laboratory in the US. Three scientific topics in stellar nucleosynthesis will be addressed by DIANA: (i) solar neutrino sources and the metallicity of the sun; (ii) carbon-based nucleosynthesis; and (iii) neutron sources for the production of trans-Fe elements in stars.
She/he will be involved in particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations for low energy ion beams of the DIANA accelerator as well as Electron Cyclotron Ion sources (ECRIS) low energy beam transport lines. In addition to theoretically describing the beam transport, the successful candidate will also have the opportunity to plan, set-up, and optimize beam physics experiments to verify the simulation results.
This position will also involve travel to DIANA collaboration meetings and reviews. Participation and presentation of the work at international conferences is highly encouraged.
• Work within a multi university collaboration to design and build the underground, low energy, nuclear astrophysics accelerator facility DIANA, be responsible for the simulation and consequent specification of the high energy accelerator column
• Conduct beam physics studies in the low energy beam transport section of the NSCL ECR ion source facility
• Develop ECR ion source beam transport and extraction models to better understand the formation and extraction of Highly Charged Ions (HCI) from Electron Cyclotron Resonance Ion Sources (ECRIS) as well as the transport of the beam through the subsequent Low Energy Beam Transport (LEBT) System
• Ph.D. in physics or in a related field
• Experience in and knowledge of charged-particle beam physics and transport
• Experience in experimental physics and beam transport codes desired
• High motivation and a solid desire to actively participate in experiments as well as to take initiatives.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills; effective interpersonal skills to work effectively within a scientifically diverse team
• Ability to successfully report and publish research results
Note: This is a one-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance, continued availability of work, and funding.
About us: The accelerator physics faculty has 8 members. The successful candidate will work under the guidance of Prof. Daniela Leitner. This position will be primarily funded by the DIANA project, but the successful candidate will also be involved in general beam physics research within the ion source group. In addition to the successful candidate a graduate student is currently working on the DIANA projects and the on beam physics research within the ECR group. The ECR ion source group consists of one staff physicist, one undergraduate student, and two maintenance/ion source engineers. Contingent on satisfactory performance, the successful candidate will be transitioned into ion source research work after the completion of the DIANA grant.
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