Information Technologist I

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) will be a new scientific user facility for nuclear science, funded by the Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), Michigan State University (MSU), and the State of Michigan. Under construction on campus and to be operated by MSU, FRIB will provide intense beams of rare isotopes (that is, short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth). FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of these rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society. 

This position affords an exciting opportunity to become part of the world-class FRIB Project, and to get in on the ground floor of an emerging scientific user facility that will expand nuclear science into a whole new realm of possibility.

Position overview

The Information Technologist I will perform highly complex professional support of computing systems, with an emphasis on the Linux platform.

Assigned scope

The Information Technologist I will support the Business IT Group in the FRIB Business Support Organization (BSO) Division.

Major position responsibilities

  • Maintain the Linux infrastructure with deployment, security, automation, monitoring, upgrades, inventory, and documentation.
  • Maintain the laboratory’s database systems and hosted web servers.
  • Maintain the laboratory’s Hypervisor farm.
  • Provide general tier 2 systems and user computing support.
  • Provide assistance with the laboratory’s storage and network services.
  • Research and pursue new technologies in areas that add value to the laboratory.
  • Keep up with security, computing, and general technology to proactively ensure a secure computing environment for the laboratory.
  • Act as a resource, on a consistent basis, to other teams and professional staff in the resolution of IT problems.
  • Analyze user and laboratory needs and provide solutions as needed in areas of responsibility.
  • Ability to dig into complex problems and troubleshoot solutions.

Position duties

  • Produce quality work under limited line manager supervision and report on findings.
  • Accomplish the requirements of multiple team members simultaneously and with exemplary quality while under pressure.
  • Perform multiple assignments and deliver quality analysis under time constrained deadlines.
  • Assist in developing and implementing division/department policies and procedures.
  • Interpret and assist in implementing new systems and project information.
  • Develop project and/or systems work scope, cost, and schedule.
  • Manage and prioritize resource and equipment allocation for projects and/or systems.
  • Execute work to meet project objectives.
  • Identify new initiatives.


  • Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in computer science, information systems, business, or related information technology field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • One to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in information technology areas.
  • Experience with automated system deployment with rapid and repeatable results.


  • Ability to analyze, identify, pursue, and implement new initiatives.
  • Willingness to work with a group on large projects.
  • Experience with in-house Cloud solutions and container deployments.
  • Experience with programming languages such as Python, Perl, Java, or Shell scripts; experience with puppet or ansible.
  • Experience with source control such as git; server networking experience; switches, VLANS, and subnets Experience with clustered and high availability services.
  • Experience with databases such as MySQL, Oracle, or MSSQL.

Work direction and interfaces

  • Reports to the Business IT manager.
  • Interfaces with FRIB staff and managers and internal stakeholders on a regular basis to provide information and support, and assist in resolving issues.


MSU employees receive excellent benefits including health/dental plans, a generous retirement plan, and educational assistance.

How to apply

For immediate consideration, please visit, search for posting number 515066 and follow the application process.

MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

About FRIB and MSU, and the East Lansing community

FRIB is currently under construction and baselined at a total project cost of $730 million. Upon start of user operation in 2022, FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications of rare isotopes to benefit society.

MSU is one of the largest university campuses in the United States with a beautiful campus of 5,000 tree-filled acres. It has 17 degree-granting colleges and is a center for academic and research activities as well as the arts and athletics.

The campus sits between Lansing (Michigan’s capital city) and East Lansing. The Lansing area has a population of 460,000 and offers lovely suburban areas, loft condos and other urban living opportunities as well as easy-to-get-to rural areas. A symphony orchestra, excellent health care, many community and professional theatres, rivers, lakes, outdoor festivals, close access to large cities and Lake Michigan make for a near-perfect living environment.

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Position Type:
Support Staff