Research Associate - Accelerator Systems

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 Research Associate will support the rare isotope beam production, separation and delivery to FRIB users. The Research Associate will contribute to the commissioning, development and operation of FRIB by undertaking projects and activities to improve facility performance as measured by beam quality, intensity, power, purity and variety.

Major Position Responsibilities

  • Advance the understanding of ARIS fragment separator beam physics for efficient tuning and operation of secondary beamlines
  • Physics of interaction of ion beams with the target and wedges
  • Develop and support parallel simulation and optimization codes for production, separation and transport of rare isotope beams
  • Contribute to the development, implementation, and maintenance of high-level physics applications

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in physics
  • Knowledge of major programming languages (C++, Python)
  • Good communication skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work well within a team
  • Ability to work with export-controlled technology

Desired Qualifications

  • Prior experience in higher order beam optics
  • Familiarity with nuclear physics
  • Experience in parallel 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 657402 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 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 a member of the prestigious Association of the American Universities, a group of 65 universities widely regarded as among the top research-intensive institutions in North America. MSU is among the 100 Best Global Universities, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2021 rankings. 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.

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.

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MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.