Research Associate-Fixed Term

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Academic Affairs, Research Staff & Technicians
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 721565
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 Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Position Summary

We are searching for a postdoctoral research associate to join the SRF Department in the FRIB Accelerator Systems Division. The research associate will work to develop next-generation SRF devices such as ultra-low-emittance SRF electron photo-injectors and FRIB energy upgrade SRF cavities and cryomodules. Both efforts are oriented toward pushing the limits of SRF technology. This work will be done under the supervision of FRIB SRF scientists and engineers at a state-of-the-art SRF facility at MSU.

Major Position Responsibilities

  • Develop new surface preparation methods to improve the quality factor of low-beta coaxial cavities and medium-beta elliptical cavities.
  • Characterize the performance of SRF cavities and subsystems via vertical and horizontal tests.
  • Conceive and develop new ancillary devices for an SRF photo-injector cryomodule or the FRIB energy upgrade cryomodule.
  • Conceive and develop new instrumentation and measurement systems for SRF cavity testing.
  • Model and simulate new SRF devices, e.g. EM simulation of SRF cavities and EM/thermal analysis of RF couplers.
  • Coordinate with clean room personnel and chemical engineers for SRF cavity surface preparation.
  • Develop and/or improve cryomodule components and procedures for better cryomodule performance and reliability.
  • 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, disability or protected veteran status.

    Required Degree

    Doctorate -Physics or closely related field

    Minimum Requirements
  • PhD in Physics or closely related field
  • Demonstrated knowledge of SRF technology
  • Excellent verbal, presentation, and technical report writing skills
  • Efficient collaboration within project teams
  • Ability to work with export controlled items
  • Desired Qualifications
  • Experience with vertical testing of SRF cavities
  • Experience with cryogenic instrumentation and high-power RF
  • Experience with engineering software such as Labview and Matlab
  • Experience with electromagnetic modeling software such as CST Microwave Studio
  • Required Application Materials
    • Cover letter highlighting interest in and experience/expertise related to the open position
    • Curriculum Vita including a complete list of publications and presentations
    • Contact information for at least three letters of recommendation
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    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: Aug 3, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: Aug 3, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time


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