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Nominations sought for the new FRIB Achievement Award for Early Career Researchers Nominations due by 8 pm, June 7th, 2021
The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams seeks nominations for the inaugural FRIB Achievement Award for Early Career Researchers. The awards are intended to recognize one outstanding experimentalist and one outstanding theorist in nuclear physics, no more than six years past their PhD award date at the time of the nomination deadline, who have made a significant contribution toward FRIB physics. The FRIB UOEC and TAEB have jointly proposed these awards and will form committees to select the awardees.

Awardees will receive a plaque with the awardee's name and institution, $3,000 of participant support to attend the annual Low Energy Community Meeting (LECM), and an invitation to present the awarded work at the LECM.

Nominations, due by 8 pm EDT on June 7th, require three letters of support (one of which is from the nominator), a one-page summary from the nominee of the contribution and impact of their work on FRIB, and copies of up to three related publications. Self-nominations will not be accepted. A nomination form can be found here: https://forms.gle/rhUunPH6kTsociXj7. Once the nomination form is submitted, the letters, summary, and preprints must be emailed to the FRIBUOEC Secretary, by the same deadline. Due to the virtual format of this year's LECM, the nomination deadline and submission process differ slightly from what is to be expected in future years.

Full details of the award, eligibility, and selection criterion are here. Questions regarding the nomination process may be directed to the FRIBUOEC Secretary Kelly Chipps (chippska AT ornl DOT gov) or the FRIB TA EB Director Jutta Escher (escher1 AT llnl DOT gov).

Results of elections for the FRIB-TA board
The elections results are in and Jonathan Engel (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Amy Lovell (Los Alamos National Laboratory), Daniel Phillips Ohio University) and Kate Jones (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) have been selected to serve this time. Please join us in extending our gratitude for their willingness to serve.
Announcing the FRIB theory fellows of 2020
The FRIB Theory Alliance conducted a search for two new FRIB theory fellows in the Fall of 2019. The search committee received many excellent applications and selected a shortlist of five. The interviews took place in the beginning of December 2019. Following the recommendation of the search committee Chloë Hebborn and Christian Drischler were selected as the two new FRIB theory fellows. Chloë will be hosted by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Christian will be hosted by Michigan State University. Please join the FRIB-TA in congratulating Chloë and Christian and wishing them a successful stay at LLNL and MSU.

Call for Partners for the FRIB TA Theory Fellows [deadline August 5, 2020, 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 four Fellows: one at FRIB/MSU and the others at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
The FRIB Theory Fellow Search Committee is soliciting Partner Institutions to host a FRIB Theory Fellow. If you are interested in partnering with the FRIB-TA on the fellow program, please review:

Please communicate your interest to Kristina Launey (klauney@lsu.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 14: Advertise FRIB Theory Fellow Position
October 5: Application Deadline
December 7 - 11: Interview FRIB Theory Fellow candidates
December 17: Select FRIB Theory Fellow
The Partner Institutions need to identify a senior researcher who will act as the local host for the Fellow. The Partner Institutions and the local hosts will be identified in the fellow position advertisement. Each Partner Institution 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 shortlist 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 other members of the FRIB-TA in order to provide five voting 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/year pending final negotiations. Further questions may be directed to me or to Filomena Nunes (nunes@frib.msu.edu).
FRIB-TA Annual Meeting August 10-12, 2020 at LECM
Registration is now open for this year’s Low Energy Community Meeting (LECM). Due to COVID-19, the 2020 meeting is being held online, from 10-12 August 2020. There is no cost to register for the LECM.
A Program is now available on the conference website, including the scheduled Working Group Sessions. The working group sessions will be held on Monday-Tuesday 10-11 August, prior to the main plenary session of the meeting.
Zoom links to the sessions will be added to the website as the sessions are organized. The main plenary session will be held as a Zoom webinar, with no password required. The working group sessions will each have a Zoom host/session organizer, and they will be organized as a meeting, with a password. Please be sure to register, as the session passwords will be distributed to registrants only.
We look forward to “seeing” you online. The 2020 Low-Energy Community Meeting Organizing Committee
FRIB Theory Alliance Colloquium: FRIB TA - Dialogues on Nuclear Physics
Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm EDT
Speaker: Katerina Chatziioannou, Flatiron Institute
Title: Studying neutron star matter with gravitational waves
Hosts: Alex Gade, Charlotte Elster, Jorge Piekarewicz, Sanjay Reddy
Online via Zoom
FRIB Theory Alliance Colloquium: FRIB TA - Dialogues on Nuclear Physics
Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm EDT
Speaker: Saori Pastore, Washington University in St. Louis
Title: Electroweak interactions in nuclei
Hosts: Baha Balantekin and Vincenzo Cirigliano
Online via Zoom
FRIB Theory Alliance to Host Colloquium: FRIB TA - Dialogues on Nuclear Physics
Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm EDT
Title: Reactions at FRIB with heavy nuclei
Speaker: Antonio Moro, University of Seville
Hosts: Jutta Escher, Kristina Launey and Filomena Nunes
Panelists: Cedric Simenel and Kaitlin Cook
Online via Zoom
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 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 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.

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)

Announcing a FRIB-Theory Alliance Summer School: “Machine Learning Applied to Nuclear Physics”
Machine Learning is one of the most exciting and dynamic areas of modern research and application. The purpose of this summer school is to provide an introduction to the core concepts and tools of machine learning in a manner easily understood and intuitive to physicists and nuclear physicists in particular. We will start with some of the basic methods from supervised learning, such as various regression methods before we move into deep learning methods for both supervised and unsupervised learning, with an emphasis on the analysis of nuclear physics experiments and theoretical nuclear physics.

Hands-on examples will be provided and the aim is to give the participants an overview on how machine learning can be used to analyze and study nuclear physics problems.

Lecturers:

Morten Hjorth-Jensen (FRIB/NSCL and Physics & Astronomy MSU) - Linear and logistic regression, decision trees and random forests, neural networks and Boltzmann machines

Matthew Hirn (CSME and Math MSU) - Unsupervised learning and quantum mechanical problems

Michelle Kuchera (Davidson College) - Convolutional Neural Networks, Recurrent Neural Networks and analysis of nuclear physics experiments

Date and location: May 20-23, 2019 at the FRIB, East Lansing, MI. To learn more about the summer school and apply visit Machine learning applied to nuclear physics

FRIB Theory Alliance Bridge Faculty Position at North Carolina State University
The Department of Physics at NC State University is currently interviewing a short list of candidates 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. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to FRIB-relevant research activities.

2019 Call for Topical Program Proposals [deadline February 1, 2019, see below]

We are now soliciting proposals for programs to run in the Summer of 2019:
The proposal for topical programs should not exceed 3 pages and should contain a description of the scientific project, covering the scientific motivation, the connection to FRIB (for example through the relevance to particular experiments), and specific deliverables. It should also include the names and affiliations of critical experts that are needed for the effort to be successful and who intend to participate in the program for a significant fraction of time.

Proposals must be submitted by February 1st, 2019, by email to horowit@indiana.edu *and* olson@frib.msu.edu. The selection will be made by the FRIB-TA Board by the end of February.

Please look at the Previous ICNT programsfor examples of the types of programs intended (e.g., The r-process nucleosynthesis: connecting FRIB with the cosmos). If you have questions, please contact Chuck Horowitz (horowit@indiana.edu).

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.
FRIB-TA summer school: “Neutron star mergers for non-experts: GW170817 in the multi-messenger astronomy and FRIB eras”
Recently a neutron star merger was observed with gravitational waves and electromagnetically at frequencies from radio to gamma rays. This single event GW170817 dramatically advances nuclear astrophysics and heralds an exciting new era in multi-messenger astronomy. To allow a broader audience to better appreciate these developments, a summer school will be taught May 16-18, 2018 at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) in East Lansing, MI. The school is intended for an inclusive audience of graduate students, post docs, and more senior researchers working in nuclear physics, astrophysics, astronomy and related areas. See the school website for further details and to apply. The deadline for applications is April 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.