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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
Contribution to the ARIS upgrade projects
Ph.D. 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
Prior experience in higher-order beam optics
Prior experience in fragment separator beam physics
Familiarity with accelerator and/or nuclear physics
Experience in parallel computing
Physics of interaction of ion beams with materials
About The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams
FRIB is currently under construction and baselined at a total project cost of $730 million. Upon start of user operation in 2022, FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications of rare isotopes to benefit society.
MSU is one of the largest university campuses in the United States. with a beautiful campus of 5,000 tree-filled acres. It has 17 degree-granting colleges and is a center for academic and research activities as well as the arts and athletics.
The campus sits between Lansing (Michigan’s capital city) and East Lansing. The Lansing area has a population of more than 460,000 and offers lovely suburban areas, loft condos and other urban living opportunities as well as easy-to-get-to rural areas. A symphony orchestra, excellent health care, many community and professional theatres, rivers, lakes, outdoor festivals, close access to large cities and Lake Michigan make for a near-perfect living environment.
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