Academic Specialist for STEM Outreach

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC) user facility for nuclear science. Hosting the most powerful heavy-ion accelerator, FRIB will provide intense beams of rare isotopes (that is, short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth). FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of these rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of atomic nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications of rare isotopes benefitting society.

FRIB will commence scientific user operation in May of 2022. FRIB is funded by DOE-SC, Michigan State University (MSU), and the State of Michigan, with user facility operation supported by the DOE-SC Office of Nuclear Physics. 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 programs.

This position affords an exciting opportunity to become part of the world-class FRIB Laboratory that will enable unique discovery opportunities in nuclear science.

Position overview

FRIB is searching for an energetic, self-driven Academic Specialist who is passionate about connecting and collaborating with individuals to create a diverse and inclusive environment within our laboratory and to external stakeholders. Do you enjoy connecting, developing relationships, and implementing STEM initiatives? If so, we are looking for someone like you to join our team at FRIB.

As an Academic Specialist for STEM Outreach, you will:

  • Build and maintain linkages between external STEM stakeholders and FRIB faculty, students, and staff
  • Serve as a point of contact for external stakeholders regarding FRIB STEM activities
  • Develop and maintain key STEM statistics as requested by FRIB senior management
  • Prepare and disseminate reports regarding visitor outreach & engagement as requested by FRIB senior management
  • Maintain and improve programmatic metrics and data related to both FRIB and external STEM activities, and propose initiatives for improvement for approval by FRIB senior management
  • Connect and collaborate with individuals, groups, or organizations within and outside the FRIB to foster understanding and help ensure the development and implementation of STEM initiatives, programs, policies, and knowledge
  • Identify and train volunteers and other staff to assist with programmatic needs.
  • Other duties in support of STEM activities at FRIB



  • Master's degree in social work, counseling, education, or related field


  • Licensed therapist (social work)
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively regarding STEM issues through written communications, face-to-face communications, and online presentations
  • Possess expertise regarding individual differences in ability, personality, and interests and their relationship to learning and motivation, psychological research methods, and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders
  • Experience building and sustaining collaborative partnerships with diverse groups
  • Demonstrable experience successfully working with underserved populations in STEM


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

How to apply

For immediate consideration, please visit and search for posting number 771000 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 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 Neighboring city 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.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.