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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 657402
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Facility For Rare Isotope Beams
Department: Facility For Rare Isotope Beams 10049299
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University is approaching completion and commencement of user operation in early 2022.  The FRIB high-power superconducting linear accelerator has already been demonstrated to accelerate ion beams to the design energy of 200 MeV/u to produce rare isotopes. FRIB is poised to be the world’s most powerful rare isotope beam facility, with unprecedented opportunities to study the vast unexplored potential of more than 1,000 new rare isotopes never before produced on Earth. FRIB includes a target facility for the in-flight production of rare isotopes. An Advanced Rare Isotope Separator (ARIS) will prepare fast rare isotope beams with high-purity for nuclear physics experiments.

We invite Ph.D. graduates to apply for this Research Associate position and join the FRIB Accelerator Physics Department. The Research Associate will contribute to the commissioning, development, and operation of the FRIB by undertaking projects and activities to improve facility performance as measured by beam quality, intensity, power, purity, and variety.

Position duties can be adjusted according to the candidate’s experience, interests, and talents, but will cover at least three of the following areas

  • Development of ARIS settings for efficient separation and purification of rare isotopes
  • Development of parallel simulation and optimization codes for production, separation, and transport of rare isotope beams
  • Development, implementation, and maintenance of high-level physics applications
  • Development and application of artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to improve the efficiency of the accelerator and/or secondary beam transport devices


Supports the Accelerator Physics Department within the FRIB Accelerator Systems Division.

Major position responsibilities are the advancement of fragment separator beam physics including:

  • Advance the understanding of ARIS fragment separator beam physics for efficient tuning and operation of secondary beamlines
  • Physics of interaction of ion beams with the target and wedges
  • Develop and support parallel simulation and optimization codes for production, separation and transport of rare isotope beams
  • Contribute to the development, implementation, and maintenance of high level physics applications
  • Execute work to meet project milestones and performance objectives (cost, scope and schedule)
  • Plan to perform their work in a safe manner
  • Perform work with quality
  • Execute the completion of systems and progressive science and technology
  • Complete work to achieve milestones and goals
  • Motivate employees to build a success-oriented culture
  • Follow lab-wide policies, procedures and standards
  • Deliver assigned project work package requirements
  • Manage resource and equipment allocation for projects and/or systems
  • Execute work to meet project objectives

Required Degree

Doctorate -Physics

Minimum Requirements

  • PhD in physics, electrical or computer engineering
  • Knowledge of major programming languages (C++, Python)
  • Good communication skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work well within a team
  • Ability to work with export-controlled technology

Desired Qualifications

  • Prior experience in higher order beam optics
  • Familiarity with nuclear physics
  • Experience in parallel computing

Required Application Materials

Please provide CV, cover letter and contact information for three references to provide letters of recommendation.

Special Instructions

Please provide CV, cover letter and contact information for three references to provide letters of recommendation.

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