The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) will be a new national 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 the site of the National Superconducting CyclotronLaboratory (NSCL) on the MSU 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 continue to 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 offers an exciting opportunity to become part of the world-class FRIB community, and to get involved in planning and conducting experiments at this emerging national user facility that will expand nuclear science into a whole new realm of possibility.
The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to make major contributions to designing, building, commissioning, and running the first scientific experiments with, the Particle X-ray Coincidence Technique (PXCT) detection system for nuclear astrophysics. PXCT will use various solid-state detector technologies to measure radiations (X-rays, gamma rays, protons, and alpha particles) associated with the electron-capture decays of proton-rich nuclides in FRIB’s thermalized rare-isotope beam area. The data will be used to constrain the energies, spins, parities, lifetimes, and branching ratios of unbound states: the ingredients needed to determine the rates of key thermonuclear reactions and photodisintegrations in explosive astrophysical environments such as supernovae and X-ray bursts on accreting neutron stars. These rates will be used to simulate astrophysical observables associated with nucleosynthesis and/or energy generation in collaboration with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics – Center for the Evolution of the Elements (JINA-CEE). Opportunities will also be available to contribute to experiments using other systems including the Gaseous Detector with Germanium Tagging TPC (GADGET II) at FRIB and the Doppler Shift Lifetimes 2 (DSL2) setup at TRIUMF.
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.
PhD. in Nuclear Physics, Nuclear & Radiochemistry, Nuclear Astrophysics, or related field
Ability to carry out independent and original research as demonstrated by published work in refereed journals and/or conference proceedings
Demonstrated written and oral communication skills, as evidenced by published work and by presentations at conferences, workshops, scientific outreach, and other professional meetings
Strong research interest, demonstrated in the cover letter, in at least one and preferably several of the following areas: nuclear detector developments, simulations of experimental setups, data analysis and interpretation, and digital data acquisition
Ability to work with export controlled technologies
Demonstrable knowledge of experimental principles and techniques pertaining to nuclear spectroscopy involving charged-particle, gamma-ray, and/or X-ray spectroscopy
Experience with semiconductor radiation detectors
Experience with computer programming for the purpose of acquiring and analyzing data and for comparison with model predictions
Experience designing, building, and commissioning new experimental equipment
Experience in the field of nuclear astrophysics
Required Application Materials
Cover Letter expressing interest in at least one and preferably several of the following areas: nuclear detector developments, simulations of experimental setups, data analysis and interpretation, and digital data acquisition
CV including publications
Contact information for at least three letters of recommendation
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.
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Summary of Physical Demands
Summary of Health Risks
radiation, high voltage
Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.
Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.Together, we tackle some of the world?s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better?from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.The nation?s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world?on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we?re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.