Research Associate – Minority Serving Institution Fellowship

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 National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) invites applications from outstanding candidates for a one-year, fixed-term Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Fellowship position in the area of experimental or theoretical nuclear science.

Major Position Responsibilities

  • The candidate will be expected to share her/his time between a MSI institution and NSCL. During the Fellowship, the candidate will be expected to (even) split her/his time between research at NSCL and teaching at least one nuclear science related course at a MSI.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD. in Nuclear Physics, Nuclear & Radiochemistry, Nuclear Astrophysics, or related fields
  • Strong interest in teaching undergraduate students, and contributing to the education and research programs at Minority Serving Institutions
  • High potential for excellence in research, as demonstrated through completed research projects and publications in peer-review journals
  • Excellent communication skills to present approaches, plans, and findings as evidenced by presentations at conferences, workshops, or other professional meetings
  • Solid knowledge of principles and techniques pertaining to nuclear science and experimental research, demonstrated by the preparation, execution, and analysis of experiments
  • Demonstrable experience with the development of computer programs for the purpose of acquiring and analyzing data, simulating detector responses, and comparisons with model predictions
  • Strong interest in NSCL/FRIB rare isotope nuclear science programs
  • The ability to work with export controlled technologies

Desired Qualifications

  • Prior experience with a Minority Serving Institution
  • Prior experience in supervising under-represented undergraduate and/or graduate students
  • Prior experience with NSCL/FRIB

 Benefits

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

How to Apply

For immediate consideration, please go www.careers.msu.edu search for posting number 661848 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.