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FRIB Theory Fellow Job Postings: [Application deadline October 21, 2019, see below]

The FRIB Theory Alliance is seeking outstanding candidates for two FRIB Theory Fellows, one at Michigan State University and the other at a Partner Institution. The successful candidates will conduct independent or collaborative research at a Partner Institution on nuclear structure, reactions, astrophysics, and/or fundamental symmetries relevant to the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). The FRIB Theory Alliance is a consortium of universities and national laboratories actively engaged in theoretical research in FRIB science. FRIB will be a new national user facility for nuclear science, funded by the DOE Office of Science and operated by Michigan State University.

The FRIB Theory Fellowship is a 2-yr position with the possibility of renewal for a maximum of 5 years. The initial stipend is $77k and this position has an annual travel budget of up to $5k. This FRIB Theory Fellow will be an employee of Michigan State University stationed at a Partner Institution by mutual agreement. The successful candidates must demonstrate great promise for high scientific achievement in FRIB science and are expected to advance into an open faculty or permanent staff position in the field within 5 years of their initial appointment.

The Hosting Institutions and host contact information are:
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – Erich Ormand: ormand1@llnl.gov
Indiana University - Charles Horowitz: horowit@indiana.edu
Michigan State University - Filomena Nunes: nunes@nscl.msu.edu

The application deadline is October 21, 2019. Submit your application at Academic Jobs Online, Job Posting 14317
Applicants should also communicate their interest with a specific Institution listed above. If you have any questions please contact Charlotte Elster: elster@ohio.edu.

Call for partners for FRIB-TA Bridge Program: [deadline October 11, 2019, see below]
The FRIB Theory Alliance (FRIB-TA) is a coalition of scientists from universities and national laboratories who seek to foster advancements in theory related to the diverse areas of science associated with the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. The Theory Bridge Program is one of several initiatives introduced by the FRIB-TA and aims to enhance opportunities for Theory Faculty hires at Universities or Theory Staff hires at National Laboratories, in the areas of low-energy nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, and quantum many-body theory of relevance to FRIB's scientific program.

Each bridge position will support a new faculty member at a University or a new staff member at a National Laboratory with a 50% cost share with the host institution for a period of up to six years, starting as early as Spring 2020. Requested information is appended below.

The FRIB-TA invites all departments at universities and national laboratories participating in FRIB-TA science (see fribtheoryalliance.org), with an interest in partnering with the FRIB-TA in the Bridge Program, to submit a proposal. Further details and guidance in preparing such proposals are available at FRIB Theory Alliance Proceedures

For any clarifications, please contact the FRIB-TA managing director (nunes@nscl.msu.edu).

The proposals should be sent electronically to the Chair of the FRIB-TA Bridge Committee, Baha Balantekin (baha@physics.wisc.edu), cc to Gillian Olson (olson@frib.msu.edu), by October 11, 2019.
Subject to the availability of funding, the results of the selection will be made public through the FRIB-TA webpage and communicated to all applicants. With this timeline, the hosting institution is expected to develop a Memorandum of Understanding with FRIB-TA and initiate a search late Fall 2019 to fill the position as early as Spring 2020.

FRIB hosted Topical program: Hadronic Electric Dipole Moments in the FRIB Era: From the Proton to Protactinium
The program was be held 12-23 August, 2019 on the campus of Michigan State University

The program topics ranged from theoretical overview of EDMs, experimental overview of EDMs, EDMs at different energy scals from moecules to BSM physics, nuclear theory for calculating nuclear moments at different lenght scales and translation of nuclear effects into atomic observables. The program was attended by 38 people.
Additional information is available at FRIB TA Topical Program

FRIB Hosts Theory Alliance Summer School: “Machine Learning Applied to Nuclear Physics”
The school, held from 20-23 May, was titled “Machine learning applied to nuclear physics.” It brought together graduate students, postdoctoral researches, and senior scientific experts. They work in nuclear physics, mathematics, computer science, and related areas. They came together to discuss an important emerging science, how it applies to nuclear science, and reviewed publications on machine learning.

Hosted by scientists from universities and national laboratories, the summer school had nearly one hundred attendees. Students came from all over the United States, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Norway.

For additional information about the program visit Machine learning applied to nuclear physics

TALENT Course 6 summer school held 3-21 June at FRIB
FRIB hosted the second Training in Advanced Low Energy Nuclear Theory (TALENT) Course 6 from 3-21 June. Talent Course 6 investigates the theory for exploring nuclear reaction experiments. This is the second TALENT Course 6 held. The first one was held in 2013 at The Grand Accélérateur National d’Ions Lourds in Caen, France. The course was held this year at FRIB due to the increased relevance to the FRIB science program. The TALENT initiative aims to train graduate students and young researchers in low-energy nuclear theory.

TALENT Course 6 included sixteen graduate students. Twelve students were from the United States, and four were from Asia, Europe, and Africa. The students were introduced to modern methods of describing nuclear reactions. They developed an understanding of methods employed in simplifying the many-body reaction problem. They also gained experience with describing nuclear reaction data.

For additional information about the program visit TALENT Course 6

Announcing the FRIB theory fellow of 2019
The FRIB theory alliance conducted a search for a new FRIB theory fellow in the Fall of 2018. The search committee received many excellent applications and selected a shortlist of five. The interviews took place in the beginning of December 2018. Following the recommendation of the search committee, Kevin Fossez was selected as the new FRIB theory fellow, and will be hosted by Argonne National Laboratory. Please join the FRIB-TA in congratulating Kevin and wishing him a successful stay at ANL.
FRIB Theory Alliance EUSTIPEN Program
EUSTIPEN Mission: The Europe-U.S. Theory Institute for Physics with Exotic Nuclei (EUSTIPEN) has been established in order to facilitate collaborations between U.S.-based and Europe-based scientists whose main research thrust is in the area of the physics of nuclei. U.S. participation in EUSTIPEN is in the form of travel grants and subsistence grants to ECT* in Trento to those individuals who are interested in collaborating with European scientists. EUSTIPEN’s purview is in the area of physics of or with exotic nuclei, including nuclear structure and reaction theory, nuclear astrophysics, and tests of the standard model using exotic nuclei. Funding for EUSTIPEN is being provided through the FRIB Theory Alliance by the Office of Nuclear Physics of the U. S. Department of Energy.

If you have an interest in forging new or continuing collaborations with European colleagues, this travel grant is for you. Students and postdocs are encouraged to apply.

For additional information regarding EUSTIPEN click here.

Good News!

FRIB theory fellow has accepted staff position at LLNL
Dr. Gregory Potel, an FRIB theory fellow from 2016 to 2019, has accepted a staff position in the Nuclear Data and Theory Group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His research is on low-energy reaction theory and he intends to continue being involved with FRIB theory alliance activities. Congratulations Gregory!