Scientist FRIB/NSCL-Continuing – East Lansing, MI

Scientist FRIB/NSCL-Continuing

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI


Working/Functional Title

High Power Targetry Scientist

Position Summary

Major Responsibilities

-Charge Strippers (80%)

  • Support FRIB operations by maintaining liquid lithium and carbon charge strippers to ensure an operational state.
  • Provide technical support on the charge strippers during FRIB operations
  • Lead implementation of improvements of the charge strippers. This includes conceptual designs of improvements, R&Ds, support of detailed designs, and validations. Improvements are, but are not limited to,
    • Liquid lithium charge stripper
      • Producing a thicker and more uniform liquid lithium film;
      • Minimizing the splashing of liquid lithium in the vacuum chamber.
      • The scope of improvements includes the subsystems of the strippers (e.g. vacuum and/or argon subsystems of the liquid lithium charge stripper)
    • Carbon foil charge stripper
      • Exploring carbon foils that have longer lifetimes than the one currently in operation, which includes necessary R&Ds
  • Conduct scientific research that could break through the current technical limitations of the charge strippers. This also includes contributions to understanding the physics behind charge exchange between beams and charge-stripping media

-Target and Beam Dump (15%)

  • Support the production target and beam dump systems improvements through discussions, simulations, analyses, and testing

-Performs other duties as required or assigned, which are reasonably within the scope of the duties in this job classification. (5%)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

  • Thorough knowledge of liquid and carbon charge strippers
  • Thorough knowledge of target and beam dump systems
  • Proficient in maintaining, servicing, and repairing liquid and carbon charge strippers and target beam dump systems using the appropriate and necessary equipment
  • Knowledge of industry-safe work practices in the field.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and credibly, both verbally and in writing, with audiences at all management levels.
  • Ability to problem-solve and demonstrate sound critical thinking skills
  • Ability to work independently, within a team, and in an extensive collaboration

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 -Physics or Engineering

Minimum Requirements

Required qualifications:

  • PhD in Physics or Engineering with experience in high-power beam targetry systems
  • Record of accomplishment in the field of expertise
  • Ability to work with export-controlled technologies
  • Ability to accommodate shift work to support FRIB operations
  • Experience with the following:
    • Vacuum components (<10e-4 Pa range),
    • High-temperature loops (>300-500 C),
    • Experimental and theoretical thermo-hydrodynamics and heat transfer

Desired Qualifications

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience with the following:
    • Numerical analysis in fluid dynamics (ANSYS FLUENT etc.)
    • Liquid metal, preferably liquid alkali metal (particularly lithium) handling,
    • Nuclear engineering
    • Radiation safety

Required Application Materials

CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references

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