Magnetic Spectrometer Instrument Scientist

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.

FRIB is seeking to fill a position of Magnetic Spectrometer Instrument Scientist.

Major position responsibilities

  • Provide user support for magnetic spectrometers at FRIB for experiments with rare isotope beams by:
    • Answering technical questions for users during the preparation of experiment proposals
    • Provide software packages necessary for using data acquisition and data analysis
    • Ensure the proper functioning of the device as specified in the standard configuration
    • Perform device setting changes during the experiment as required by the experimenters
    • Provide support during the experiment to ensure the proper functioning of the device
    • Assist users in inspecting and understanding online data
    • Assist users during the off-line analysis phase
  • Operate assigned spectrometers safely and reliably with high availability
  • Contribute to maintenance and technical improvements of the magnetic spectrometer and supporting systems
  • Take on an active role in the development of new tools (detectors, software, electronics, etc.) to improve the overall performance of spectrometer devices
  • Assist with defining and documenting standard maintenance and operating procedures
  • Conduct scientific research related to nuclear physics and/or magnetic spectrometer and related instrumentation technologies and publish scientific results

Required qualifications

  • PhD (or equivalent) in nuclear physics, or a related field
  • Three years of demonstrated or comparable experience in the use of magnetic spectrometers, associated beam diagnostics, and detector systems, and beam optics
  • Ability to work with export-controlled technologies

Desired qualifications

  • Experience with detector systems commonly used for rare isotope experiments with magnetic spectrometers
  • Experience implementing technical developments for nuclear science experiments
  • Experience with data acquisition systems for nuclear science experiments


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 765736 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.