Assistant Professor-FRIB/NSCL Faculty
Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan

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Job no: 800503
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Facility For Rare Isotope Beams
Department: Facility For Rare Isotope Beams 10049299
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Position Summary

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking outstanding candidates for a junior faculty position at the rank of assistant professor in experimental nuclear science establishing a program aimed at tests of fundamental symmetries using rare isotopes. Examples include, but are not limited to, using rare isotopes for searches of permanent electric dipole moments and other time-reversal symmetry violating moments, studies of parity violation, and other precision measurements with sensitivity to Beyond Standard Model Physics.

The position will be filled at the rank of assistant professor at MSU within the FRIB Faculty Position System with a joint appointment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The FRIB faculty is comprised of more than 40 full-time faculty members and is the home of a similar number of postdoctoral researchers, and 150 graduate and 200 undergraduate students. The academic program in any of the joint departments offer degrees at the BS, MS, and PhD levels.

FRIB is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science user facility and affords world-class research opportunities in low-energy nuclear science since user operation commenced in May 2022. Since 2010, MSU's nuclear physics graduate program is ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report's rankings of graduate programs.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -nuclear science, atomic/molecular/optical

Minimum Requirements

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • hold a doctoral degree in nuclear science, atomic/molecular/optical physics, or a related field,
  • have at least two years of postdoctoral experience by August 2023,
  • have at least two years of experience in the experimental fields of tests of fundamental symmetries and/or precision measurements by August 2023,
  • establish and lead a sponsored, world-class experimental research program at FRIB aimed at tests of fundamental symmetries using rare isotopes,
  • exhibit promise to play a leadership role in the nuclear science community,
  • exhibit promise to be an effective instructor using evidence-based techniques,
  • exhibit promise to be an inclusive mentor to a diverse cohort of students at the undergraduate and graduate levels,
  • exhibit promise for excellence in research and teaching,
  • exhibit a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and the ability to work in diverse teams, and
  • engage in institutional and science community service.
Required Application Materials

Applicants must submit all of the below:

  1. a cover letter framing their qualifications in the context of this ad.
  2. a detailed CV, which should include a list of publications, accepted and pending proposals for funding/resources, contributed and invited talks, teaching and mentoring roles, leadership positions, awards, contributions to the academic community, and efforts in public outreach.
  3. a research statement of up to five pages with resource requirements and its relation to FRIB. Please include descriptions of the applicant's past, if applicable, and planned commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity in research.
  4. a statement of teaching philosophy of up to two pages. The statement should describe the applicant's approach to, and/or experience with, classroom teaching and mentoring in research, including experience teaching and mentoring students from broadly diverse demographic and social backgrounds. Please include anticipated challenges and plans to address them. MSU is a leader in evidence-based physics instruction.
  5. a statement on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging of up to two pages. Faculty responsibilities include fostering student learning, advancing research, disseminating knowledge, and sustaining healthy, inclusive communities. The applicant should describe their plans for enriching the MSU community. Please include current or planned efforts relevant to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) in outreach.
  6. and the contact information for at least three references and the applicant's relationship to them.
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For full consideration, applications should be received by September 30, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis until the position is filled. The goal is for the position to commence in August 2023.

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Department Statement

FRIB enables scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes supporting research in the physics of atomic nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications of rare isotopes to benefit society.

MSU is located on one of the largest university campuses in the U.S. on 5,300 tree-filled acres. MSU has 17 degree-granting colleges and is a center for academic and research activities as well as the arts and athletics. The greater Lansing area has a population of more than 460,000 and offers lovely suburban areas, 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.

U.S. News and World Report named Lansing as No. 4 in the Best Places to Live in Michigan, one of the Best Places to Live in the U.S., and one of the Best Places to Retire in the U.S. in its 2022-2023 rankings.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Jul 28, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 28, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

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