SECAR Physicist

Device Physicist for the Separator of Astrophysical Capture Reactions (SECAR) 

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) is seeking to fill a position of a Device Physicist (Staff Position) for the SECAR Recoil Separator and the JENSA Gas Jet Target. Together, these two world-class unique devices will be used at FRIB to measure the rates of nuclear reactions that are of critical importance to understand stellar explosions and the formation of the elements in the cosmos. The SECAR Recoil Separator is currently under construction at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) on the campus of Michigan State University. 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 and is currently under construction on the site of NSCL. When FRIB comes online, it will supplant the Coupled Cyclotron Facility and provide the highest possible intensity rare isotope beams as input for SECAR.

JENSA is already operating and SECAR is nearing completion. This position affords an exciting opportunity to become part of the FRIB user facility from the beginning, and transition SECAR from a construction project into a device that enables a successful world leading nuclear astrophysics experimental program at FRIB.

Major Position Responsibilities

  • Support use of JENSA and SECAR by NSCL and FRIB users
  • Initiate, develop, and implement improvements and upgrades to the SECAR/JENSA system to enable nuclear science experiments and achieve ultimate performance
  • Contribute to scientific research with SECAR/JENSA and the publication of scientific results
  • Operate SECAR/JENSA safely and reliably with high availability
  • Establish and document standard operating procedures for SECAR and JENSA
  • Contribute to the mentoring of early career scientists, undergraduate and graduate students, and post-doctoral research associates

Required Qualifications

  • PhD or equivalent in Physics, Accelerator Physics, or a related field
  • 3+ years of experience with nuclear science experiments using beams (including pre-PhD experience)


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  642448  and follow the application process. Please don’t hesitate to contact Hendrik Schatz ( with any questions you may have concerning the position. Review of applications will begin August 1, 2020.
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.