Scientific Systems Project Physicist

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.

Position overview

FRIB is seeking to fill a position of Scientific Systems Project Physicist.

Major position responsibilities

  • Support planning and timely realization of scientific instrumentation projects and upgrades
  • Provide effective interface management between scientific instrumentation, beam delivery, and supporting system
  • Oversee and support the integration of new instruments or modifications of existing devices
  • Oversee and coordinate installation and maintenance activities across different experimental areas
  • Interface with accelerator systems and conventional facilities system owners to maintain integration across functional areas
  • Guide and support integrated procedure development for the operation of scientific instrumentation and associated technical systems.
  • Deliver assigned scope, cost, and schedule within approved baselines
  • Maintain Experimental Systems Division interface control documentation
  • Ensure system compliance with Environment, Safety, and Health (ES&H) and Quality Assurance requirements

Qualifications

REQUIRED

  • Advanced degree in science with at least ten years of experience in managing technical projects and development of complex scientific equipment or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Proven success in managing projects and integration for complex first-of-a-kind equipment
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with stakeholders and team members

DESIRED

  • Prior experience in scientific instrumentation development projects
  • Knowledge of DOE environment for facility operation

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 and search for posting number 746114 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.

Livability.com 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 Livability.com. Neighboring city Okemos is No. 1 in the Niche.com 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.