Research Associate – Experimental Nuclear Physics

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 fixed-term research associate (Postdoctoral Researcher) positions in the area of Experimental Nuclear Physics, who will work in the research group of Prof. Hiro Iwasaki.

 Major Position Responsibilities

  • The successful candidate will work primarily on the lifetime measurement and spectroscopy program with fast and reaccelerated rare-isotope beams available at NSCL and in the near future at FRIB. The focus of the group is the experimental investigation of nuclear shell and shape evolution far from stability and study of electromagnetic responses of weakly-bound nuclei. Experiments will be performed utilizing large gamma-ray arrays such as GRETINA and SeGA in combination with TRIPLEX plunger, ancillary detectors and spectrograph. Experience in experimental nuclear research including analysis of nuclear structure or reaction data and related simulation works is desirable.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD. in Nuclear Physics, Nuclear & Radiochemistry, Nuclear Astrophysics, or related fields.
  • Demonstrated research excellence and interest in experimental nuclear physics with rare isotope beams
  • The ability to handle export-controlled materials

 Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrable knowledge of principles and techniques pertaining to nuclear science and experimental research with rare isotopes
  • Experience with computer programming for the purpose of acquiring and analyzing data and for the comparison with model predictions
  • Excellent communication skills to present approaches, plans and findings with both verbally and through written documents to peers

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 671627 and follow the application process.

In the cover letter of their application, applicants must highlight their interest in and experience/expertise related to the open position in the research group of Prof. Hiro Iwasaki. Applicants must provide a Curriculum Vita including a complete list of publications and presentations. Applicants must also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted.

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.