Gamma Ray Experiment Scientist

Position overview

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking outstanding candidates to support in-beam gamma-ray spectroscopy experiments and associated research. FRIB maintains the segmented germanium array SeGA for high-resolution in-beam gamma-ray spectroscopy with fast and reaccelerated beam and has been hosting the gamma-ray tracking array GRETINA for extended campaigns. The high-efficiency, modest-resolution scintillator array CAESAR complements the set of available detection systems.

Major position responsibilities

  • User support for SeGA, CAESAR, GRETINA and in the future GRETA
  • Contribute to the maintenance and developments in support of the involved detection technologies, including hardware and laboratory-specific software
  • Perform and publish scientific research related to nuclear physics and/or gamma-ray detection technologies



  • A PhD degree in nuclear physics or an associated field
  • At least three years of demonstrated experience with highly-segmented Ge detectors, in-beam gamma-ray spectroscopy, and associated DAQ systems, and analysis software
  • Excellent planning and communication skills
  • Ability to work with export-controlled items


  • Experience with auxiliary detectors commonly used for in-beam gamma-ray spectroscopy, e.g. Si or gas-filled detectors for recoil detection
  • Experience with digital data acquisition systems for gamma-ray and particle detection
  • Experience with scintillator arrays for spectroscopy
  • Experience with Monte Carlo simulations pertaining to in-beam gamma-ray spectroscopy

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 commences 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 programs.

How to apply

Interested individuals should submit an application through and refer to posting number 717945. 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 31 August 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.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.