Research Associate - Nuclear Theory

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) is a major new scientific user facility for nuclear science, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), Michigan State University (MSU), and the State of Michigan, with operations supported by the DOE-SC Office of Nuclear Physics. FRIB will provide intense beams of rare isotopes (that is, short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth). FRIB will be operational in 2022. 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.

At FRIB, rare-isotope beams will be produced and separated in-flight, 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 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 Laboratory, and to get in on the ground floor of an emerging scientific user facility that will expand nuclear science into a whole new realm of possibility.

Position overview

The FRIB/NSCL Laboratory is seeking a highly qualified individual for a postdoctoral research assistantship in nuclear theory, with a specialization in nuclear density functional theory and its applications to nuclear properties.

Major position responsibilities

The successful applicant will be expected to work on large-scale studies of rare isotopes and super heavy nuclei, including ground-state properties, fission, and fusion. Applicants should have previous experience with formal and computational aspects of density functional theory and parallel computing. The appointment will initially be for one year with the possibility of renewal up to three years, depending on performance and the availability of funds.

Qualifications

REQUIRED

  • PhD in nuclear theory
  • The ability to work with export controlled technologies

DESIRED

  • Previous experience with formal and computational aspects of density functional theory and high-performance computing

Benefits

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

How to apply

For immediate consideration, please visit careers.msu.edu and search for posting number 684820 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 persons with disabilities.

About FRIB, MSU, and the Greater Lansing community

FRIB construction is nearing completion. 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 5,300 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 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.