Michigan State University operates FRIB as a user facility for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), supporting the mission of the DOE-SC Office of Nuclear Physics.
As one of 28 DOE-SC user facilities, FRIB provides researchers with one of the most advanced tools of modern science to study rare isotopes, or short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth. FRIB hosts what is designed to be the most powerful heavy-ion accelerator, enabling scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society, including in medicine, homeland security, and industry.
User facility operation is supported by the DOE-SC Office of Nuclear Physics as one of 28 DOE-SC user facilities. MSU’s nuclear physics graduate program is a top-ranked program nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report..
This position affords an exciting opportunity to become part of the world-class FRIB Laboratory that enables unique discovery opportunities in nuclear science.
The Senior Nuclear Materials Engineer leads the engineering, testing and certification of beam-intercepting materials, which includes characterization of materials irradiated by energetic particle beams, and researches and developments (R&D) of innovative materials that can be used under higher radiation dose and severer temperature conditions than conventional materials, for the purpose of achieving the ultimate 400 kW operation and beyond.
Major Position Responsibilities
To support reliable FRIB operations, certify materials for beam-intercepting devices ensuring that the specifications required by operational conditions are met (displacement damages, blistering / swelling due to gas ion implantation / gas production, cyclic thermal stress and fatigue, creep, etc). The certification process shall include failure mode analyses
Lead material irradiation tests for beam-intercepting materials to characterize radiation damage in them. The effort includes experimental planning (dose estimate, temperature control, ion implantation, irradiated material handling, etc)
Lead collaborative works for Post-Irradiation Examination (PIE) of irradiated materials with national laboratories and/or international laboratories where advanced PIE can be performed
Lead R&Ds for innovative materials that are more radiation resistant and thermally resistant than conventional materials. Collaborating with worldwide experts in the field to facilitate R&Ds is highly encouraged
Support the efforts for the issues that would arise from the beam-materials interactions, such as radioactive gas (e.g. tritium) release from the beam-intercepting materials due to diffusion.
Provide guidance to junior materials scientists / engineers for their growth in the field of nuclear materials science.
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.
Masters -Nuclear Materials
Advanced degree with 10+ years of experience in nuclear materials and proven track record
Knowledgeable about high-temperature materials and radiation damage in materials
Characterization of materials irradiated by energetic ionizing particles
Radiation transport calculations (PHITS, MARS, MCNP, FLUKA, etc)
Radioactive materials handling
Worldly recognized leader in the field of expertise (nuclear materials)
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