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Call for Partners for the FRIB TA Theory Fellows [deadline August 5, 2019, see below]

We are now soliciting partners for FRIB TA Theory Fellows:
An important component of the FRIB-TA has been the FRIB Theory Fellow Program. FRIB Theory Fellows are highly qualified individuals with exceptional potential. They are expected to have the independence of action of faculty/staff and to develop a high-caliber research effort relevant to rare-isotope science. The initial appointment is for two years, and may be extended up to a total of five years. There are currently three Fellows: one at FRIB/MSU and the others at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory. This coming year we are planning to increase the program by two additional fellows, one at FRIB/MSU and the other at a partner institution.

The FRIB Theory Fellow Search Committee is soliciting Partner Institutions to host an FRIB Theory Fellow. If you are interested in partnering with the FRIB-TA on the fellow program, please review:

Fellow program information
Please communicate your interest to Charlotte Elster (elster@ohio.edu), chair of the Search Committee, as soon as possible. The proposed time-line for the search is:

August 5: Deadline to identify Partner Institutions
August 15: Advertise FRIB Theory Fellow Position
October 21: Application Deadline
December 2-6: Interview FRIB Theory Fellow candidates
December 12: Select FRIB Theory Fellow

Partner Institutions will be identified in the advertisement announcing the position and need to identify a senior researcher who will act as the local host for the Fellow. Partner Institutions will have a representative on the Search Committee during the interview process. These extra members of the search committee will participate in the selection of the short list and in all interviews.
After the interviews, the representatives of the partner institutions on the search committee can give their assessment of each candidate, but will not participate in the final selection of the Fellow.
If any of the permanent members of the Search Committee represent a Partner Institution, they will be replaced by another member of the FRIB-TA in order to provide fivevoting members of the Search Committee.
The FRIB Theory Fellow will be an MSU employee and the Partner Institution will execute a sub-recipient agreement with MSU. The funding required from the Partner Institution to MSU is approximately $60k pending final negotiations. Further questions may be directed to me or also to Filomena Nunes (nunes@frib.msu.edu)

Call for Partners for the FRIB TA Bridge Program [deadline October 11, 2019, see below]

Call for partners for FRIB-TA Bridge Program:
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 will host Topical program: Hadronic Electric Dipole Moments in the FRIB Era: From the Proton to Protactinium
The program will be held 12-23 August, 2019 on the campus of Michigan State University

Themes
1.Theoretical Overview of EDMs: Current status and impact
2.Experimental Overview of EDMs: Current status and future prospects
3.EDMs at different energy scales from molecules to BSM Physics
4.Nuclear theory for calculating nuclear moments at different length scales
5.Enhancements of nuclear moments in heavy deformed nuclei
6.Translation of nuclear effects into atomic observables
Additional information is available at FRIB TA Topical Program

FRIB-TA Annual Meeting August, 2019 at LECM
The FRIB-TA Annual Meeting will take place concurrently with the Low Energy Community Meeting (LECM) that has already been scheduled to take place August 8-10, 2019 at the TUNL area (either at the UNC campus or downtown Durham). This will give us the opportunity to stay in tune with the important experimental developments and continue to foster a close interplay between theory and experiment. Further details on the meeting will be forthcoming, but in the meantime please plan accordingly so we can have an engaging representation of our membership at the LECM.
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.