Beam Diagnostics Research Associate

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) will be a new scientific 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 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 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. 

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 scientific user facility that will expand nuclear science into a whole new realm of possibility.

Position overview

FRIB is searching for a Research Associate to join the Beam Instrumentation and Measurements Department. The successful candidate will focus on the development and commissioning of key instrumentation for beam loss monitoring and machine protection for the 400 kW heavy ion superconducting accelerator facility.

Major position responsibilities

The Research Associate will play a key role in commissioning the FRIB beam loss measurement system, its incorporation with the machine protection system, and to develop beam loss diagnostic systems for machine tuning and performance optimization.

  • Provide support to commission and optimize beam loss measurements with ion chambers, scintillating neutron detectors.
  • Analyze results of fault event studies to optimize network of detector systems.
  • Develop PYTHON or EPICS-based software tools to interface with fast electronic systems for beam loss and machine protection detection.
  • Develop diagnostic hardware systems to extend dynamic range of beam loss measurements in very high radiation environments.



  • PhD in Experimental Physics, Electrical Engineering or closely related field
  • Excellent verbal, presentation, and technical report writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work well with diverse people of various cultural backgrounds.
  • Efficient collaboration within project teams
  • Ability to work under pressure, pay close attention to detail, prioritize work, meet deadlines, and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to work with export controlled items

Position Duties

Team member

  • Execute work to meet project milestones and performance objectives (cost, scope and schedule)
  • Plan to perform work in a safe manner
  • Perform work with quality

Work direction and interfaces

  • Reports to the group leader
  • Interfaces with team members, project leaders, subject-matter experts


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

How to apply

For immediate consideration, please email your CV and letter of interest to

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 is currently under construction and baselined at a total project cost of $730 million. 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 United States 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 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.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Position Type:
Research Associate