The successful candidate will work in the NSCL Charge-Exchange group, whose members focus on the study of isovector excitations in nuclei, with applications in astrophysics and neutrino physics. Amongst others, the Charge-Exchange group develops techniques to study isovector excitations in unstable nuclei and the successful candidate is expected to take a leading role in the development and testing of the capability to perform (d,2He) charge-exchange experiments in inverse kinematics with the NSCL Active-Target Time-Projection Chamber (AT-TPC) placed at the S800 Spectrograph. This development is, for example, important for studying weak reaction rates on neutron-rich nuclei that are important in various astrophysical phenomena.
NSCL is one of the world’s flagship nuclear science research facilities. The Laboratory’s research program is broad: fast, stopped, and reaccelerated beams of rare-isotopes are available to address key scientific questions concerning the creation of the elements in the cosmos, the limits of nuclear stability, the properties of nuclei with extreme neutron-to-proton ratios, and the equation of state of neutron-rich nuclear matter as it may exist inside neutron stars. Postdoctoral researchers play an important role in expanding, improving and utilizing the world-class experimental capabilities at the Laboratory. Experimentalists often work closely with theorists in the Laboratory and beyond and projects can involve high-performance computing.
NSCL is part of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beam (FRIB) Laboratory, which aspires to become the world’s leading laboratory for education and research in rare isotope science, in accelerator science, and in applications of rare isotopes to meet societal needs. To realize this vision, the FRIB Laboratory builds on the expertise and the achievements of NSCL as it establishes FRIB, which will extend the frontier of nuclear science through unprecedented discovery potential.
Research Associate positions are typically for two years, depending on the availability of funds. Renewal for the second year is based on a performance evaluation. A third year is possible, subject to funding and satisfactory performance evaluations.
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NSCL is funded by the National Science Foundation through the Nuclear Physics program of the NSF Physics Division to be a national user facility with a mission to provide beams of rare isotopes for researchers from around the world. Hundreds of users come to Michigan State University each year to take advantage of our facilities and explore the inner workings of atoms and their role in the universe.
The FRIB Laboratory is a major administrative unit within Michigan State University, comprised of NSCL and the FRIB Project. MSU is establishing FRIB as a scientific user facility with financial assistance from the Office of Nuclear Physics in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC).
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Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics, Nuclear & Radiochemistry, Nuclear Astrophysics, or related fields
High potential for excellence in research, as demonstrated through completed research projects and publications in peer-review journals
Excellent communication skills to present approaches, plans, and findings as evidenced by presentations at conferences, workshops, or other professional meetings
Solid knowledge of principles and techniques pertaining to nuclear science and experimental research, demonstrated by the preparation, execution, and analysis of experiments.
Demonstrable experience with the development of computer programs for the purpose of acquiring and analyzing data, simulating detector responses, and comparisons with model predictions
Strong interest in charge-exchange experiments with rare isotope beams with applications in nuclear structure, nuclear astrophysics, and/or neutrino physics, as described in the application for the position
The ability to work with export controlled technologies
Demonstrated experience with digital signal processing techniques and tracking algorithms from detector systems used in nuclear science experiments
Required Application Materials
In the cover letter of their application, applicants must highlight their interest in and experience/expertise related to the open position in the research group of Prof. Zegers. Applicants must provide a Curriculum Vita including a complete list of publications and presentations. Applicants must also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted confidentially and include the contact information for the three references.
Review of applications will begin on January 10th and the search will continue until the position is filled. General questions regarding the position may be sent to the Associate Director for Experimental Research, Remco Zegers (firstname.lastname@example.org); specific research questions about this opportunity should also be sent to him.
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