Research Associate - Spinlab

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 2022. It is funded by the 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 expand nuclear science into a whole new realm of possibility.

Position overview

FRIB invites applications from outstanding candidates for a fixed-term research associate (postdoctoral researcher) position in the area of experimental nuclear science, who will work in the research group of Professor Jaideep Taggart Singh.

Major position responsibilities

The successful candidate will work in the FRIB Spinlab group under the direction of Professor Jaideep Taggart Singh, whose members focus on the tests of fundamental symmetries and precision measurements. Amongst others, Spinlab develops techniques to optically manipulate and probe atomic nuclei. The successful candidate is expected to take a leading role in the commissioning of a new general-purpose high-efficiency molecular beam source as well as molecular spectroscopy of molecules in cryogenic solids. These activities will lead to electric dipole moment searches using rare highly-deformed nuclei. This work is part of the U.S. DOE-SC Early Career Research Program Award titled “Towards a Next Generation Search for Time-Reversal Violation Using Optically Addressable Nuclei in Cryogenic Solids.”



  • PhD in nuclear physics or atom/molecular/optical physics
  • Recent experience with the execution and analysis of experiments involving atoms or molecules, magneto-optical traps, magnetometry, or charged particle manipulation
  • High potential for excellence in research, as demonstrated through completed research projects and publications in peer-review journals
  • Excellent communication skills to present approaches, plans, and findings as evidenced by presentations at conferences, workshops, or other professional meetings
  • Solid knowledge of principles and techniques pertaining to nuclear science/AMO physics and experimental research, demonstrated by the preparation, execution, and analysis of experiments
  • Strong interest in experiments involving atomic or molecular spectroscopy with a focus on fundamental symmetries and rare isotopes
  • The ability to handle export-controlled materials


  • Demonstrable knowledge of principles and techniques pertaining to the laser probing of atoms or molecules, molecular beam sources, and/or cryogenic systems
  • Demonstrated experience designing, building, and commissioning ion sources for any field
  • Experience with computer programming for the purpose of acquiring and analyzing data and for the comparison with model/simulation predictions


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 717125 and follow the application process. In the cover letter of their application, applicants must highlight their interest in and experience/expertise related to the open position in the research group of Professor Jaideep Taggart Singh. Applicants must provide a curriculum vita including a complete list of publications and presentations. Applicants must also provide contact information for at least three letters of recommendation.

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.