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Professor FRIB/NSCL-Continuing

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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, Continuing System Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

Michigan State University operates FRIB as a user facility for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), supporting the mission of the DOE-SC Office of Nuclear Physics.

As one of 28 DOE-SC user facilities, FRIB provides researchers with one of the most advanced tools of modern science to study rare isotopes, or short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth. FRIB hosts what is designed to be the most powerful heavy-ion accelerator, enabling scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society, including in medicine, homeland security, and industry. 

User facility operation is supported by the DOE-SC Office of Nuclear Physics. MSU’s nuclear physics graduate program is a top-ranked program nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report.

This position affords an exciting opportunity to become part of the world-class FRIB Laboratory that enables unique discovery opportunities in nuclear science.


As a Professor, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Provide leadership for rare isotope science development including graduate student and postdoc supervision [30%]
  • Perform research with rare isotopes to enhance the reputation and visibility of the facility [30%]
  • Develop methods to improve FRIB fragment separation, and reduce the time and effort necessary to deliver rare isotope beams [20%]
  • Operate fragment separators, beamlines, and experimental devices [15%]
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties in this job classification. [5%]

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated excellence in the application of experimental techniques in nuclear science, ion optics, and instrumentation with expertise in one of these areas
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research in rare isotope science and establish a world-recognized research program
  • Knowledge and operation of fragment separators or magnetic spectrometers
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues, researchers, and other stakeholders within and outside the facility
  • Ability to do critical thinking and problem-solving abilities to address challenges in rare isotope science and fragment separation
  • Excellent communication skills to communicate effectively and credibly with all audiences, both verbally and in writing

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 with 10 + years of experience 
  • Record accomplishments in rare isotope nuclear science and establishment of a world-recognized research program
  • Demonstration of knowledge of experimental techniques in nuclear science, ion optics, and instrumentation, with expertise in one of these areas


Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to supervise graduate students and postdoctoral researchers

Required Application Materials

  • CV
  • Contact information for three letter writers for reference letters


Special Instructions

Please contact Sarah Powell (

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