The position resides in and supports the Operations Department at FRIB.
The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) invites applications from outstanding candidates for a fixed-term Research Associate (Postdoctoral Researcher) who will work in the operations department led by Prof. Marco Cortesi.
Renewal of appointment is possible – subsequent appointments are subject to funding and satisfactory performance evaluations.
Besides the excellent research environment, the FRIB Laboratory offers a strong program for mentoring postdoctoral researchers in preparation for the next steps in their careers. You can read more in the postdoc mentoring plan. Postdoctoral researchers play a role in running the Laboratory, from leading forefront research to serving on important committees. They help supervise students and, for those interested, there are opportunities to engage with teaching and outreach.
Major Position Responsibilities:
Work within the framework of the FRIB detector lab
Fabricate, optimize, and maintain detector systems for Operations and Nuclear Physics experiments
Support the development and R&D of new detector systems
Perform research and development projects to enhance the performance of the facility
Perform work in a safe manner
Perform work according to quality requirements
Execute the completion of systems and projects
Complete work to achieve milestones and goals
Follow policies, procedures and standards
Manage resource and equipment allocation for projects and/or systems
Work Direction and Interfaces:
Reports to group leader
Interfaces with employees, project leaders, subject matter experts, suppliers, and experimenters
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Doctorate -physics or chemistry
A Ph.D. in physics or chemistry in the area of nuclear, particle, or high energy experimental physics, or Ph.D. in Physics and Engineering of Radiation Detection
Experience with construction, development and operation of particle and radiation detectors such as ion chambers, gas proportional counters, position tracking detectors, scintillators and related optical readout technologies, solid-state silicon and HPGe detectors.
Basic knowledge on vacuum technology and related instrumentation.
Individuals should be self-motivated and able to work well independently, within a team and in large collaboration.
Solid verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work with export controlled technologies.
Operational experience with larger detector setups in experimental devices, including detector maintenance and data acquisition.
Printed Circuit Board schematic capture and layout experience (Altium software or alike), and mechanical design software (i.e. SolidWorks).
Experience supporting scientific research programs.
Monte Carlo simulation packages (Geant4, MCNP, etc.).
Required Application Materials
In the cover letter of their application, applicants must highlight their interest in and experience/expertise related to the open position in the operations department of Prof. Cortesi.
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.
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