Data Acquisition Scientist

Position Overview

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University is seeking outstanding candidates that are passionate about supporting and further developing the scientific data acquisition system for FRIB. The position involves all aspects of scientific data acquisition including software, hardware, and system integration. FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of these rare isotopes to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and to support applications for society. As member of the Scientific Data Acquisition group, the successful candidate will support the FRIB science program with reliable and scalable software and hardware solutions.

Candidates are expected to hold an advanced degree in physics, computer science or a related field. The candidate is also expected to have significant knowledge and expertise in object-orientated programming and languages such as C, C++, Python, one or more years using ROOT/Python to build frameworks for the analysis of specific experimental data, and significant knowledge and expertise in maintenance software such as Git. The candidate must also exhibit the ability to critically evaluate software and hardware opportunities for inclusion into acquisition or analysis frameworks, along with strong oral and written communication skills.

 FRIB is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science user facility and affords world-class research opportunities in low-energy nuclear science when user operation commence in early 2022. Since 2010, MSU’s nuclear physics graduate program is ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of graduate schools.

How to Apply

Interested individuals should submit an application through and refer to posting number 722237. Applicants must submit a detailed CV, cover letter summarizing their qualifications, and contact information for at least three references.

 For full consideration, applications should be received by 09/13/2021 Applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis until the position is filled.

About FRIB and MSU, and the East Lansing community

FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes supporting discoveries about the physics of atomic nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications of rare isotopes to benefit society.

MSU is located on one of the largest university campuses in the U.S. on 5,300 tree-filled acres. MSU has 17 degree-granting colleges and is a center for academic and research activities as well as the arts and athletics. The greater Lansing area has a population of more than 460,000 and offers lovely suburban areas, 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. named Lansing as the most affordable city on its 2018 Best Affordable Places to Live list and one of the 2020 Top 100 Best Places to Live East Lansing is one of the Best Places to Live according to the 2019 ranking by Okemos is No. 1 in the 2020 Best Places to Live in Michigan ranking.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University and FRIB encourage applications or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.