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Research Associate-Fixed Term

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Personnel Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Facility For Rare Isotope Beams
Department: Facility For Rare Isotope Beams 10049299
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) is operating a linear accelerator with energy above 200MeV/u to produce rare isotopes by fast fragmentation in support of the laboratory nuclear science mission. The Accelerator Operation department is responsible for operating the FRIB Accelerator and delivering the rare ion beam to experimenters with high availability and reliability. The beam power available from the accelerator is expected to increase over the next 5 years to up to 400kW.

Major Duties/Responsibilities
• Study, test and develop beam production techniques to extend the range of ions available for the FRIB and Single Event Effect (SEE) user program
• Participate and lead projects aimed at improving the ion source performances to support the facility power ramp up
• Support development including design, construction, assembly, and commissioning of new ion sources for the FRIB accelerator and SEE Single Event Effect project
• Support delivery of ion beams from two ECR ion sources to support FRIB mission with high availability and high reliability 
• Support development and operation of ECR ion source for the Single Event Effect SEE Program
• Develop and maintain skills and knowledge related to the preventive maintenance program for the ECR ion source and related equipment
• Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties in this job classification

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Knowledge in testing and development of ion beam and ion beam production
• Ability to work as a team to accomplish goals
• Skilled in the development of projects
• Excellent communication skills to communicate effectively and credibly, both verbally and in writing with all audiences.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suites.

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.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

  • PhD in Atomic, Plasma or Accelerator Physics or a related field
  • Experience with plasma physics/science, accelerator science/technology

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with ECR ion sources
  • Experience with vacuum system, mechanical design, and particle/ion beams optics calculations
  • Experience with mechanical engineering and machining

Required Application Materials

  1. Cover letter highlighting interest in and experience related to the open position.
  2. CV including a complete list of publications and presentations.
  3. Contact information for at least three references.

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Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin February 17 and continue until the position is filled.

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