SRF Physicist

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

FRIB is recruiting for SRF Physicist s to join the FRIB Project Team. The successful candidates will produce innovative design solutions to accomplish the conceptual equipment requirements for the SRF and Superconducting Magnet Department.

Major Position Responsibilities

  • Design, assemble and testing of FRIB cryomodules
  • Participate testing and certify of 4 different type FRIB cavities
  • Participate superconducting Linac commissioning and operation
  • Develop technical to restore cavity performance to keep cryomodule at high availability
  • Participate superconducting magnet testing and operation
  • Write in-depth engineering notes and reviews calculations of fellow engineers
  • Lead SRF R&D projects under the supervision of SRF development manager
  • Mentor other engineers in analysis methods

Required Qualifications

·        A Master's degree in Physics and a record of accomplishment in field of expertise

Desired Qualifications

  • Five years of related industry experience in SRF and Superconducting magnets
  • A PhD is desired.
  • Experience with superconducting linac design or high power particle beam magnets and target equipment is desired or an equivalent combination of education and experience 
  • Experience with superconducting magnet design and testing
  • Experience with EM analysis software, CST studio, Comsole, Ansys, Matlab
  • Experience with CAD software


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 639144 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.