Professional Physicist Positions Available at TRIUMF/ISAC

13 July 2018

The Physical Sciences Division at TRIUMF has opened competitions for two Professional & Supervisory (P&S) Physicist positions at ARIEL/ISAC:

Competition #651: Physicist: Exp. Officer, Laser & Ion Trapping

Competition #650: Physicist: Experimental Officer, Gamma-Ray

These positions are designed to provide expertise to the experimental nuclear physics community at ISAC, and eventually ARIEL. The positions will initially provide extensive effort to the developmental phase of ARIEL II, moving into full experimental-program oriented effort during the physics exploitation phase of ARIEL. For more details and closing dates see the posted job advertisements.

Research Associate in Experimental Nuclear Science - Fundamental Symmetries & Precision Measurements

13 July 2018

Job no: 516799
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Facility For Rare Isotope Beams
Department: Nat'l Superconducting Cyclotron Lab 10049216
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific

Position Summary
The successful candidate will work in the NSCL Spinlab group, whose members focus on the tests of fundamental symmetries and precision measurements. Amongst others, Spinlab develops techniques to optically manipulate and probe atomic nuclei. The successful candidate is expected to take a leading role in the development and testing of a new general-purpose high-efficiency molecular beam source for use in electric dipole moment searches using rare highly-deformed nuclei.

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.

Besides the excellent research environment, the FRIB Laboratory offers a strong program for mentoring postdoctoral researchers in preparation for the next steps in their careers. You can read more in the postdoc mentoring plan. Postdoctoral researchers play a role in running the Laboratory, from leading forefront research to serving on important committees. They help supervise students and, for those interested, there are opportunities to engage with teaching and outreach.

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).

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 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.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Job applicants are considered for employment opportunities and employees are treated without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. The University actively encourages applications of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Required Degree
Doctorate -Nuclear Physics, Atom/Molecular/Optical

Minimum Requirements
• Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics, Atom/Molecular/Optical Physics, Chemical Physics, Physical Chemistry or related fields
• The ability to handle export controlled materials

Desired Qualifications
• Demonstrable knowledge of principles and techniques pertaining to the laser probing of atoms or molecules, ion sources, and/or cryogenic systems
• Experience with computer programming for the purpose of acquiring and analyzing data and for the comparison with model predictions
• Excellent communication skills to present approaches, plans, and findings both verbally and through written documents to peers

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. Singh. 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.

Special Instructions
Review of applications will begin on July 23, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

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Advertised: Jul 2, 2018 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 2, 2020 Eastern Daylight Time

Postdoc position at RIKEN Nishina Center

11 July 2018

RIKEN Nishina center invites applications for a postdoctoral position in experimental nuclear physics. The successful candidate is expected to conduct research with a silicon detector setup and the SAMURAI spectrometer.

For details, visit

If you have questions, feel free to contact Tomohiro Uesaka ( )

Several Postdoc Positions available at Texas A&M Cyclotron Institute

09 July 2018

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Scientist Position at Jefferson Lab - Hall B Software Architect

09 July 2018

For details, please see the position post:


Jefferson Lab, located in Newport News, Virginia, USA, is a world-class scientific laboratory managed for the U. S. Department of Energy by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC. Its core is the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF). To expand the opportunity for discovery and addressing important topics in hadronic, nuclear, and electroweak physics, Jefferson Lab has completed in September 2017 an upgrade of its facility by doubling the energy of the electron beam from 6 GeV to 12 GeV, constructing a new experimental hall (D) and upgrading its existing experimental halls, A, B, C.

Currently, we have an excellent opportunity for a Hall B Software Architect.

The Hall B physics program covers a broad range of topics, the central focus being the three-dimensional imaging of the quark structure of the nucleon, one of the flagships of the Jefferson Lab 12 GeV scientific program. Other topics include experiments to measure the spectrum of excited states of the nucleon and their transition form factors, and the characterization of nucleon-nucleon correlations in matter.

The CLAS12 detector, a modern large-acceptance spectrometer designed to withstand high luminosity operation, up to 1035/cm-2s-1, with electron beams will be used to execute this program. The spectrometer allows the full reconstruction and characterization of nuclear reactions with multiple particles in the final state and is instrumented with specialized tracking and particle identification systems, some on the cutting edge of technology. The high luminosity operation and data acquisition rate result in a large volume of collected data (PByte/year) which poses software organization and computing architecture challenges. The event reconstruction and analysis framework of CLAS12 data runs in the innovative Java-based and service-oriented CLARA environment, while GEMC is the C++ Geant4 based simulation package used for CLAS12.

The successful candidate will work with a team of scientists on the planning and execution of the CLAS12 offline software and computing activities, including large-scale data analysis frameworks, simulation, reconstruction and database. In particular, he/she will:

1. Work to implement, develop, and maintain reliable software for analysis of nuclear physics data.</br>
2. Collaborate with staff and facility user scientists to define and implement the DST structure for best physics outcome.</br>
3. Coordinate the CLAS12 usage of computing farms at Jefferson Lab and at user institutes for software activities, in particular for Monte-Carlo production.</br>
4. Provide support for users in data collection methods and data analysis.</br>
5. Provide documentation, training and support for software.</br>
6. Provide regular updates to Hall B and CLAS12 management.</br>