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First FRIB-TA Bridge faculty appointments at Washington University
The Department of Physics at Washington University in St. Louis has announced the hires of Dr. Saori Pastore and Dr. Maria Piarulli as Assistant Professors in Nuclear Theory. These are the first appointments in the FRIB-TA Bridge Program.
FRIB Theory Alliance Bridge Faculty Position at North Carolina State University
The Department of Physics at NC State University invites exceptionally qualified candidates to apply for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in theoretical nuclear physics with relevance to the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). The initial appointment is partially funded by the FRIB theory alliance. A successful candidate is expected to contribute to FRIB-relevant research activities. Applicants will also need a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
The NC State Department of Physics faculty perform creative, highly visible research in fundamental and applied science, blending fundamental physics and applications, theory and experiment. Our vision integrates research and innovative teaching to create a vibrant intellectual atmosphere within a welcoming and collegial environment. Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. degree in physics or a physics-related area.
Applications must be submitted online at NC State University position number 00105538 and must include a curriculum vitae, cover letter, research statement, teaching statement, and diversity statement. Please arrange for at least three letters of reference to be sent directly to physicsjobs@ncsu.edu.
To receive full consideration, applications for the Fall 2019 academic year should be received by December 1, 2018.
Second FRIB Theory Bridge Faculty Position Host Institution Selected
North Carolina State University has been selected as the host of the second FRIB Theory Bridge Faculty position. Five institutions submitted proposals in response to the call. All of the proposals were strong and we thank the applicants for their diligent efforts in preparing the submissions. Please join me in congratulating our NC-State colleagues. Details about the FRIB Theory Bridge program and procedures are given at: here.
FRIB-TA Topical Program: FRIB and the GW170817 kilonova
R. Surman (Notre Dame), A. Aprahamian (Notre Dame), G.C. McLaughlin (NCSU) and A. Frebel (MIT) organized an FRIB-TA Topical Program on implications of the neutron star merger GW170817 and its associated Kilonova for r-process nucleosynthesis. The program built on a 2016 r-process Topical Program and was especially timely given the extraordinary GW170817 observations. The program ran from July 16 - 27, 2018 (see the program website).
FRIB-TA Topical Program: Connecting bound state calculations with the scattering and reaction theory
“From bound states to the continuum: Connecting bound state calculations with scattering and reaction theory” was organized by Calvin Johnson (SDSU), Kristina Launey (LSU), Pierre Descouvmont (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Marek Płoszajczak (Ganil), Sofia Quaglioni (LLNL), and Jimmy Rotureau (MSU). This FRIB-TA Topical Program pulled together experts in scattering and reaction theory, in bound state structure calculations, and especially those working on the boundary, to summarize the state of the art and to identify and lower the technical barriers to move from bound state calculations to the continuum. The program ran from June 11 – 22, 2018 (see the program website).
FRIB-TA hosts summer school on neutron star merger
The FRIB Theory Alliance hosted a summer school at FRIB entitled "Neutron star mergers for non-experts: GW170817 in the multi-messenger astronomy and FRIB eras" from May 16 to May 18, 2018. It brought together graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and senior scientific experts working in nuclear physics, astrophysics, astronomy and related areas to discuss the impact of the GW170817 neutron star merger on nuclear science and nuclear astrophysics. An MSU Today article gives details of the school, which was also livestreamed to remote participants.
FRIB-TA Annual Meeting August 10, 2018 at LECM
The FRIB-TA Annual Meeting will take place concurrently with the Low Energy Community Meeting on the 10th of August, 2018 in East Lansing. FRIB-TA members will participate in the morning plenary session, which is joint with the Nuclear Structure 2018 conference, and then will break out in the afternoon with the FRIB-TA meeting. This will contain a first session with reports from the various committees and a second part with the science highlights of those activities the FRIB-TA is directly supporting. Registration and other details are at the LECM Program. FRIB-TA Annual Meeting Agenda.
FRIB Theory Alliance Fellowship Positon
The FRIB Theory Alliance is seeking outstanding candidates for an FRIB Theory Fellowship. The successful candidate 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.
Requirements: PhD in nuclear theory or related area and the ability to work with export controlled items. Please apply at Academic Jobs Online.
Applications will be reviewed starting October 12, 2018.
FRIB Theory Fellow Search call
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 the (recently revised) guidelines. Please communicate your interest to Erich Ormand (ormand1@llnl.gov) and/or Charlotte Elster (elster@ohio.edu), co-chairs of the Search Committee, as soon as possible (deadline August 15 to identify Partner Institutions).
FRIB Theory Bridge program call
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 here. 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), by August 1, 2018.
New FRIB Theory Fellow sought
The FRIB Theory Alliance is seeking outstanding candidates for an FRIB Theory Fellowship. The successful candidate will conduct independent or collaborative research on nuclear structure, astrophysics, and/or fundamental symmetries relevant to the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). This FRIB Theory Fellow will be an employee of Michigan State University stationed at a Partner Institution by mutual agreement. See the job description and application info. Applications will be reviewed starting October 28, 2017.
FRIB-TA Annual Meeting August 2-4, 2017 at LECM
The FRIB-TA Annual Meeting was held on August 3 and 4 during the Low Energy Community Meeting (LECM) at Argonne National Laboratory (full program).
On the afternoon of Wednesday, August 2 the FRIB Day 1 Science workshop explored the reach and nature of programs possible with early FRIB beams and the theory in support of these programs. Many FRIB-TA members contributed input to the talks by the speakers/conveners.  
The FRIB-TA Annual Meeting on August 3 included the FRIB-TA Town Meeting (slides), talks by FRIB-TA Fellows Diego Lonardoni (slides) and Gregory Potel (slides) and discussions of FRIB Day-1 topics based on material presented at the FRIB Day-1 Science Workshop and FRIB-TA contributions to the FRIB Day-1 science program (slides). Witek Nazarewicz gave a summary of the FRIB-TA Annual Meeting to the entire LECM on August 4.
TALENT course lecture videos available
The TALENT course Density Functional Theory and Self-Consistent Methods was held at the University of York in York, UK, from July 17 to August 6, 2016. The principal lecturers were Jacek Dobaczewski, Andrea Idini, Alessandro Pastore, and Nicolas Schunck. Videos of the lectures and written materials are freely available.
FRIB-CSC Research Fellow program accepting 2017 applications
The FRIB-CSC Research Fellow program is now accepting applications for 5 postdoctoral research fellow positions in 2017. There are two due dates for application documents, January 20 and July 31, 2017. This program was originally launched in 2016 jointly by Peking University, the Institute of Modern Physics (CAS,) and the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University, and is partially supported by the China Scholarship Council (CSC). Outstanding recent Ph.Ds. in China are invited to apply for these positions to carry out innovative research in experimental and theoretical rare isotope physics at FRIB or FRIB-related partner laboratories in the U.S. For more details on this program, please see this announcement.
Call for proposals for FRIB Theory Bridge Positions
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. The FRIB-TA is currently supported by the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Physics and its renewal proposal is now under review. The renewal proposal includes two bridge positions. If funded, 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 the Spring of 2018. The FRIB-TA invites all departments at universities and national laboratories participating in FRIB-TA science, 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. 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), by April 1, 2017. Subject to the availability of funding, the results of the selection will be made public through the FRIB-TA webpage prior to July 1, 2017 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 in Fall 2017 to fill the position as early as Spring 2018.
First FRIB-CSC Fellows selected
Five scientists have been selected as the first Facility for Rare Isotope Beams-Chinese Scholarship Council research fellows. Funding for the fellows is provided by the CSC, which will support five fellows every year for two-year visits at U.S. labs and universities involved in FRIB science. The fellow candidates were selected by a joint U.S.-China committee and placed in U.S. research groups interested in hosting a fellow. Theorist Dr. Yinu Zhang of Peking University will be joining the Ohio State University group.
Inaugural meeting of the FRIB Theory Alliance
A meeting marking the creation of the FRIB-TA was held on March 31 and April 1, 2016, at Michigan State University. It was very well attended, with many FRIB-TA members present and others observing by videocast. The meeting agenda featured excellent speakers (slides) and discussion of the FRIB-TA charter (which was ratified by the community) and FRIB-TA initiatives.
Applications open for 2017 TALENT course (July 3-21)
Applications are open for a course on "Theory for Exploring Nuclear Structure Experiments", to be held at the European Center for Theoretical Nuclear Physics and Related Areas (ECT*), Trento, Italy from July 3 to July 21, 2017. See the TALENT homepage for information on the course and how to apply.
FRIB Theory Fellow selected
The FRIB Theory Fellow Search Committee has selected a new fellow to reside at Michigan State University. Dr. Gregory Potel was the selected candidate and started in May, 2016.