PhD fellowship available at IFIC Valencia

19 October 2018

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Lecturer/Reader in Nuclear Physics at the University of Edinburgh

19 October 2018

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Postdoctoral Position in Theoretical Nuclear Physics at University of Campania "Vanvitelli" in Caserta, Italy

11 October 2018

A post-doctoral position in theoretical nuclear physics is available at the Department of Mathematics and Physics of the University of Campania “Vanvitelli” in Caserta. The appointed candidate is expected to work with the Naples-Caserta Nuclear Theory Group, whose research activities are focused on nuclear structure. In particular, the main topic is the study of the spectroscopic properties of exotic nuclei near shell closure and chains of nuclei toward the drip lines, within the framework of the nuclear shell model. This work is done mostly in close collaboration with experimentalists. Calculations are performed employing microscopic effective Hamiltonians, which are derived from realistic nuclear potentials by way of the many-body perturbation theory. In this connection, a relevant part of the research activity is aimed to improve and extend the range of application of realistic effective shell-model Hamiltonians. Significant efforts are at present devoted to take into account three-nucleon forces in the derivation of the effective Hamiltonian and to calculate the nuclear matrix elements governing the neutrinoless double-beta decay. The research group is also involved in the study of infinite nuclear matter.

The position is for two-years period, and its starting date will be in December 2018. The annual gross salary is 20,355 euros, and travel tickets to and from Caserta will be reimbursed at the beginning and at the end of the fellowship.

Participants residing outside the Campania Region may also apply for the disbursement of a one-off contribution.

Applications must be sent not later than October 29, 2018
The announcement can be found at the following address:

Research Associate in Experimental Nuclear Science at NSCL – Implementation of a High-Current Electron-Beam Ion Source (EBIS) Charge Breeder for Rare-Isotope Beams

11 October 2018

Position Summary The National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) invites applications from outstanding candidates for a fixed-term research associate (Postdoctoral Researcher) position in the area of experimental nuclear science, who will work in the Reaccelerator Department.

The NSCL is implementing a new electron-beam ion source (EBIS) for charge breeding of rare-isotope beams. It will use an electron-beam current of several Amperes, which will make it one of the highest-current EBIS charge breeders in operation worldwide. This is a challenging and unique project for candidates having a strong interest in ion-source development. The successful candidate will participate in the design, construction, assembly, and commissioning of the new EBIS. Part of the work will include ion-optical simulations for the design of new ion-beam optics for transfer beamlines as well as simulations to optimize electron-beam transport and the EBIS’s current density. As part of the commissioning, the candidate will investigate ion- and electron-beam properties to characterize the EBIS’s performance and determine charge-breeding efficiencies. A side aspect of the position will be to help in operation of an existing electron-beam ion trap charge breeder of rare-isotope beams and expand its capabilities.

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. 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.

Minimum Requirements

PhD. in atomic, nuclear, or accelerator physics/engineering, or in a related field
Experience in designing, constructing, and assembling components related to ion sources (or ion traps) or accelerator systems
Experience with the use of ion sources (or traps) or accelerator systems
Experience simulating charged-particle beam transport
Experience with ultra-high vacuum systems

Desired Qualifications

Experience with particle detectors
Operational experience with ion sources and/or accelerator systems at a large facility
Experience working with control systems and in developing user interfaces
Good communication skills to present approaches, plans, and findings both verbally and through written documents

Required Application Materials
In the cover letter of their application, applicants must highlight their interest in and experience/expertise related to the open position. Applicants must provide a Curriculum Vitae including a complete list of publications and presentations. Applicants must also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be submitted.

To apply: please visit, search for posting number 535621 and follow the application process.

Special Instructions
Review of applications will begin immediately and the search will continue until the positions are filled. General questions regarding the position may be sent to the NSCL Laboratory Director, Brad Sherrill (; specific research questions should be sent to Antonio Villari (

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Postdoctoral position in Nuclear Science at Indiana University, Bloomington

09 October 2018

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