Research Associate-Data Acquisition

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) will be a new national 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 the site of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) on the MSU campus and to be operated by MSU, FRIB will provide intense beams of rare isotopes (that is, short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth). FRIB and NSCL will continue to 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.

Rare-isotope beams are produced and separated in-flight, presently at the NSCL Coupled Cyclotron Facility and in the future at FRIB, and subsequently thermalized and reaccelerated to energies up to 6 MeV/u, by the ReAccelerator facility ReA3, a worldwide unique, state-of-the-art accelerator for rare- isotope beams. An upgrade to higher energies (ReA6) is presently under construction. When FRIB comes online, it will supplant the Coupled Cyclotron Facility and provide the highest possible intensity rare isotope beams as input to the ReA facility.

This position affords an exciting opportunity to become part of the world-class FRIB Project, and to get in on the ground floor of an emerging national user facility that will expand nuclear science into a whole new realm of possibility.

Position Overview

The primary mission of FRIB's Scientific Data Acquisition Group is to provide support for the FRIB Scientific Experimental Department with data acquisition solutions and best practices and develop new tools for data taking and analysis. The FRIB Scientific Data Acquisition Group does all this while maintaining and supporting the detector system's integration and interfacing.

Major Position Responsibilities

The primary function of this position is to perform work in order to develop and support software for digital acquisition systems within the existing FRIB data acquisition and analysis frameworks. The project typically requires knowledge of object-oriented programming languages. In addition to development and maintenance of software, support of experimenters in the use of FRIB data acquisition and analysis tools for the success in their scientific endeavors is required. The candidate will be expected to work in a team environment and author journal articles, conference papers, and technical reports.

Required Qualifications

  • The successful candidate must have an advance degree in Physics, Computer Science, or a related field and should have demonstrated significant knowledge and expertise in object-oriented programming and languages such as C, C++, Python.
  • Considerable knowledge and expertise in maintenance software, such as Git.
  • The ability to perform and support development in a collaborative environment is required, including excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with export controlled technology.

Desired Qualifications

  • Additional capabilities, such as Ph.D. in nuclear or high-energy physics or related areas, one or more years working with digital front ends with sampling speeds higher than 100 MSPS, and experience with NSCLDAQ and SpecTcl frameworks are a plus.


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


How to Apply

For immediate consideration, please go search for posting number 723656 and follow the application process.

MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and person with disabilities.

About FRIB and MSU, and the East Lansing Community

FRIB is currently under construction and baselined at a total project cost of $730M. 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 U.S. 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 sits between Lansing (Michigan’s capital city) and East Lansing. The Lansing area has a population of 350,000 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.