Research Associate-The National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL)

28 May 2019
End of advertisement period
07 Jul 2019
Academic Discipline
Engineering & Technology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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 research group of Prof. Paul Gueye ( on spectroscopy of weakly bound and unbound neutron-rich isotopes along the dripline using the Modular Neutron Array MoNA-LISA. The successful candidate will work closely with the other members of the MoNA collaboration on the experimental program and R&D work for next-generation neutron detection, active and polarized targets, and three new experimental proposed campaigns planned at NSCL and LANL. These activities include Monte-Carlo simulations of the detector response.

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.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

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 weakly-bound neutron-rich isotopes 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

Desired Qualifications

Demonstrable knowledge of principles and techniques pertaining to nuclear science and experimental research
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. Gueye. 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.

Review of Applications Begins On 06/07/2019


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