Junior Faculty Positions in Experimental Nuclear Science

Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, Michigan State University

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) will be a new scientific user facility for nuclear science, funded by the Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), Michigan State University (MSU), and the State of Michigan. Under construction on campus and to be operated by MSU, FRIB will provide intense beams of rare isotopes. FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of these rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society.

Position overview

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for up to three junior faculty positions in Experimental Nuclear Science. These positions afford an exciting opportunity to become part of the world-class FRIB, and to get in on the start of an emerging scientific user facility that will expand nuclear science into a whole new scientific realm.

Candidates are expected to hold a PhD in physics, chemistry, engineering, or a related field at the time of appointment. Candidates must exhibit high promise for excellence in both research and teaching, commitment to diversity, and expertise in experimental low-energy nuclear science. We are especially interested in scientists with a strong record of research accomplishments related to spectroscopy of weakly-bound neutron-rich rare isotopes, fusion/fission studies with rare isotopes, or reaction studies constraining the nuclear equation of state. Demonstrated ability to develop state-of-the-art experimental equipment is desired.

These positions will be filled at the rank of assistant professor within the FRIB faculty position system. FRIB faculty hold a multi-year fixed term appointment and will normally be jointly appointed in the FRIB and an appropriate academic unit, e.g., physics and astronomy, chemistry, or engineering.

Successful candidates are expected to establish and sustain a sponsored research program in low-energy nuclear science with rare isotopes, make scholarly contributions to their discipline, be an effective instructor and mentor to a diverse cohort of students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and engage in institutional and public service.

The FRIB faculty is comprised of 41 full-time faculty members and is the home of 32 postdoctoral researchers, and 238 graduate and undergraduate students. The academic program in any of the joint departments offer degrees at the BS, MS, and PhD levels.

The FRIB Laboratory provides world-class research opportunities in low-energy nuclear science with the facilities at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory and in the near future with FRIB itself, which will be the highest power heavy-ion accelerator-based rare isotope beam facility worldwide. For the ninth straight year, MSU’s nuclear physics graduate program is ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of graduate schools.


MSU employees receive excellent benefits including health/dental plans, a generous retirement plan, and educational assistance.

How to apply

Interested individuals should submit an application through careers.msu.edu and refer to position 546025. Applicants must submit a detailed resume, a cover letter summarizing their qualifications, a research vision statement of up to five pages, a statement of philosophy on teaching, diversity, and outreach of up to two pages, and contact information for at least three references.

For full consideration, applications should be received before 02 January 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis thereafter until the positions are filled.

Please address questions by email to NucSearch@frib.msu.edu.

About FRIB and MSU, and the East Lansing community

FRIB is currently under construction and baselined at a total project cost of $730 million. Upon start of user operation in 2022, FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications of rare isotopes to benefit society.

MSU is one of the largest university campuses in the United States with a beautiful campus of 5,000 tree-filled acres. It has 17 degree-granting colleges and is a center for academic and research activities as well as the arts and athletics.

The campus is located between Lansing (Michigan’s capital city) and East Lansing. The Lansing area has a population of more than 460,000 and offers lovely suburban areas, loft condos and other urban living opportunities as well as easy-to-get-to rural areas. A symphony orchestra, excellent health care, many community and professional theatres, rivers, lakes, outdoor festivals, close access to large cities and Lake Michigan make for a near-perfect living environment.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University and FRIB actively encourage applications or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.