Postdoctoral Research Associate (Stationed at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory / Michigan State University)
The Low-energy Physics Group at Mississippi State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position. The group has research interests in nuclear structure studies of stable and exotic nuclei using beta-decay spectroscopy. The group is recently interested in fast-timing measurements of excited nuclear states in exotic nuclei to extract transition strength information vital to understanding the nature of the underlying nuclear configurations.
We are looking for candidates who will be stationed at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) and will lead our effort in the development and testing of the fast-timing detection systems to be used in upcoming beta-decay experiments at NSCL. The candidate would also play a key role in running the experiments and analyzing the data, ultimately resulting in publication of several peer-reviewed journal articles. The candidate will be encouraged to actively participate in the development of new experimental proposals for NSCL.
A Ph.D. in experimental nuclear or particle physics or related fields is required. The initial appointment is for one year, and can commence as soon as early as Mar. 1, 2018. The appointment can be extended for a maximum of two additional years, based on mutual satisfaction and continued funding. The successful candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as familiarity with nuclear physics instrumentation and spectroscopic analysis. Additionally, familiarity with the instrumentation and analysis of scintillator signals, experience in working with digital electronics, and data simulation and analysis using GEANT4 and ROOT are beneficial.
All applicants must apply online at www.msujobs.msstate.edu and attach a cover letter, current curriculum vitae or resume, brief statement of research interests, and complete contact information for at least three professional references. The three letters of recommendation should be sent to: Prof. Benjamin Crider (firstname.lastname@example.org), Mississippi State University, Department of Physics and Astronomy, P.O. Box 5167, Mississippi State, MS 39762.
Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.
Mississippi State University is the premier engineering university in the state, and as such the Department of Physics and Astronomy has a large undergraduate service teaching load. The department has a strong undergraduate major program, offers a Masters of Science in Physics, and a Ph.D. in both Physics and Applied Physics. The department employs 20 full-time faculty and 4 part-time faculty and 4 staff. The majority of faculty are engaged in leading-edge funded research.