Postdoctoral Position in Nuclear Physics

Central Michigan University MI , USA

Published Fri, 03/25/2022 - 4:22 PM Expiration Fri, 05/27/2022 - 12:00 AM or until the posting is filled

The Nuclear Physics and Fundamental Symmetries group at the Department of Physics of Central Michigan University invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher position with expertise in experimental nuclear physics. The group performs research in low-energy nuclear physics to address questions in nuclear astrophysics, nuclear structure and reactions, and in fundamental symmetries. The group leads experimental research programs at various particle accelerator laboratories, focusing on unstable beam experiments at the nearby Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). Other national and international laboratories where we perform experiments include the LANSCE facility at LANL, the Edwards Accelerator lab at Ohio University, the RIBF facility at RIKEN in Japan, and JYFLab at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland. Activities carried out locally at CMU include the development and characterization of radiation detectors and precision mass measurements with the CHIP-Trap penning trap.

The selected candidate will be focused on the program of nuclear astrophysics experiments at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams that Profs. Georgios Perdikakis and Alfredo Estrade lead. These include low-energy nuclear reaction measurements using the SECAR recoil separator and the LENDA neutron detector array, intermediate energy nuclear reaction measurements and time-of-flight mass measurements with the S800 spectrometer, all aiming to provide data for heavy-element nucleosynthesis processes and nuclear processes in neutron stars.

You, an excellent candidate for the position, will be expected to take a leading role in planning and running experiments during the first years of operation of FRIB. You will also have the opportunity to supervise CMU graduate students, and you will be mentored and encouraged to develop your own ideas within the topics of interest to the group, culminating in beamtime proposals to user facilities like  FRIB.

The initial appointment is for 1 year renewable annually upon mutual agreement for up to three years, depending upon continuing funding. Review of candidates will begin April 15th until the position is filled. To apply, submit a cover letter discussing research interests and qualifications, a CV, and the names and contact information of 3 references. Please upload at

Please direct questions about the position to Dr. Georgios Perdikakis, or Dr. Alfredo Estrade,

Required Qualifications

• Ph.D. in nuclear physics or related field.

• Demonstrated experience with nuclear physics techniques and data analysis.

• Strong scientific writing and communication skills.

• Strong interest in advancing the knowledge in nuclear physics and astrophysics topics of current


In addition, experience in one or more of the following is desirable

• Experience with ion beam optics and simulation of ion beam transport.

• Experience with Digital data acquisition systems and event-by-event dataset analysis.

• Experience with timing measurements and/or neutron detectors.

• Experience preparing and running experiments at nuclear physics laboratories.


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