Experimental and theoretical physicists can now apply for the Rosen Scholar Fellowship to work at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center

Newswise – LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, January 11, 2021—Experimental and theoretical scientists seeking an opportunity to pursue research in neutron scattering, dynamic materials, isotope production, and applied and basic nuclear physics research at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) can apply for the Rosen Scholar Scholarship.

Applications are due March 1, 2021.

“As the flagship experimental facility of Los Alamos National Laboratory, LANSCE, research touches nearly every aspect of the laboratory’s mission, and we are always looking for opportunities to advance this work in innovative ways,” said Mike Furlanetto, LANSCE User Installation Manager. “The Rosen Scholar Fellowship offers the opportunity to combine the unique tools of LANSCE with some of the most creative ideas from academia to answer cutting-edge scientific questions. It’s also a perfect way to commemorate the creativity of Louis Rosen, the visionary behind LANSCE.

Research at LANSCE currently includes materials science using neutron scattering at the Lujan Center, dynamic materials at the Proton X-Ray Facility, isotope production at the Isotope Production Facility, and applied and basic research in nuclear physics at the Ultracold Neutron Facility, Weapons Neutron Research Center and the Lujan Center.

The Rosen Scholar scholarship is reserved for individuals recognized as scientific leaders in a field of research currently carried out at LANSCE and who exemplify the innovative and visionary qualities of Louis Rosen. The scholarship was created to honor Rosen’s memory, accomplishments, hard work, and affection for the wide range of sciences practiced at LANSCE. Louis Rosen’s outstanding leadership and scientific career at Los Alamos spanned six and a half decades and included both the initial concept of the Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility in the 1960s and its commissioning in 1972.

The Rosen Fellow is expected to be a resident at LANSCE and contribute scientific expertise to both LANSCE and the wider Los Alamos scientific community. The position will support the Rosen Fellow at his current salary, including relocation costs, for up to one year. The start date, end date and duration (maximum of 12 months) of the scholarship are flexible, but must be between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022.

Past Rosen Scholars can attest to the worth of the scholarship. “I was extremely excited and honored to be named a 2020 Rosen Fellow, which gave me the opportunity to dedicate a full semester to working in the lab and with kindred spirits in the subatomic physics group,” said Tim. Chupp, professor of physics, applied physics and biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan.

“We developed the lab’s neutron electric dipole moment experiment,” Chupp said. “Los Alamos has the best source of ultracold neutrons in the world. The dipole moment would arise due to as yet unknown elementary particle forces that may also have produced the dominance of matter over antimatter in the early universe. I especially enjoyed working and learning from the physicists, engineers and staff at Los Alamos and hopefully bringing some of my experience to this awesome project.

“Being the 2019 Rosen Scholar has been an incredible experience from a technical, professional and human point of view,” said Paolo Rech, associate professor at the Institute of Computer Science at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul at the Brazil. Rech called the Los Alamos National Laboratory “a unique place” where exceptional researchers from the most varied fields meet.

“Whenever you have a doubt or a question, you’ll be sure to find someone with an answer or better yet, with more questions,” Rech said. “It stimulates research. Los Alamos is the right place to have new ideas and implement them. In addition, the staff is very helpful, which makes you enthusiastic and productive from day one. Finally, Los Alamos is a wonderful place, where it is easy to be inspired, to discover impressive landscapes and peaceful corners. I couldn’t be more grateful and proud of what we’ve accomplished during my year at the Lab.

Further information on LANSCE is available at http://lansce.lanl.gov

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