Detector Physicist

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 Device Physicist who loves solving physics and engineering problems.

Do you aspire to carry out the full life cycle of design, fabrication, prototyping, and maintenance of detector systems and experimental devices to support the laboratory? If so, we are looking for someone like you to join our team at FRIB.

As a device physicist, you will:

  • Configure, optimize, and maintain detector systems for operations and nuclear physics experiments
  • Take an active role in the research and development of new detector systems
  • Actively participate in research and development projects to support the Laboratory’s initiative and goals
  • Interact with physicists, engineers, and lab professionals to advance the Detector System Group’s goals and mission
  • Present research findings at seminars and conferences
  • Publish findings in research journals



  • PhD in physics of chemistry in the area of the nuclear, particle, or high-energy experimental physics, or PhD in physics or engineering of radiation detection
  • 3+ years of work experience in radiation detector research and development and applications
  • Demonstrated experience with construction, development, and operation of particle and radiation detectors
  • Excellent communication, planning, and leadership skills to successfully accomplish the development goals
  • Ability to work with export-controlled technologies


  • Experience with larger detector setups in experimental devices, including detector maintenance and data acquisition
  • Experience with printed Circuit Board schematic capture and layout (Altium software or similar), and mechanical design software (i.e., SolidWorks)
  • Experience supporting scientific research programs
  • Monte Carlo simulation package experience (Geant4, MCNP, etc.)


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 769297 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.