Postdoctoral 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 postdoctoral research associate to join the FRIB Project Team. The postdoctoral research associate will develop advanced technologies for accelerator magnets and implement the technologies in the user facility.

Major position responsibilities

  • Perform all types of tests for the magnet and the magnet components
  • Perform multiphysics analysis to support superconducting magnet design
  • Develop and optimize fabrication process for high-strength magnet suspension system
  • Involve in the development, fabrication, and commissioning and testing of FRIB superconducting magnets, which will require oversea travel
  • Optimize superconducting magnet fabrication process
  • Work on the development of the next generation superconducting magnets for large scale accelerators

Qualifications

Required

  • PhD in physics or related engineering field
  • Demonstrated knowledge of superconducting magnet technology
  • Excellent verbal, presentation, and technical report writing skills
  • Efficient collaboration within project teams
  • Ability to work with export controlled items

Desired

  • Experience with cryogenic instrumentation
  • Experience in engineering software such as labview, matlab
  • Experience in FEA software such as Ansys, Opera

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@frib.msu.edu, search for posting number 534897, 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 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.