JINA Managing Director

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 JINA Managing Director to join the FRIB Project Team. The successful candidate will serve as Managing Director. JINA-CEE is a multi-institutional NSF Physics Frontiers Center dedicated to bringing together nuclear physicists, astrophysicists, and astronomers to address open questions related to the origin of the elements and the properties of neutron star matter. JINA-CEE consists of a unique network of four core institutions (MSU, Arizona State University, University of Notre Dame, and University of Washington) and eighteen associated institutions in six countries. At MSU, JINA-CEE takes advantage of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, the forefront facility in the United States for nuclear physics with rare isotope beams, and the strong astronomy group that enjoys guaranteed access to the 4m SOAR Telescope.

Major position responsibilities

  • Represent JINA-CEE in discussions with outside entities

  • Conduct research in experimental or theoretical nuclear astrophysics

  • Coordinate center- wide research

  • Plan workshop, school, and visitor programs

  • Review and analyze database contents

  • Develop website content

Qualifications

Required

  • PhD in physics, astronomy or related fields

Desired

  • Outstanding interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • A strong interest in science communication
  • Highly qualified to conduct research in nuclear astrophysics at the level of at least a postdoctoral fellow

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, search for posting number 447849 and follow the application process. Review of applications will begin on August 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and person 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:
Specialist- Research- Fixed Term