Welcome to the SLAM! Community, a hub for physics with Short-Lived Atoms and Molecules

We want to bring together a community of scientists and engineers working across a wide range of fields, including AMO physics, nuclear physics, radiochemistry, physical chemistry, radioactive beams, astrophysics, precision measurement, and more, to realize the opportunities offered by atoms and molecules containing short-lived, radioactive nuclei.

 Community Resources

This page is a work in progress.  Please email Nick Hutzler if you want to add or post something.


14 April 2023

We had great SLAM representation at the 2023 APS April Meeting GPMFC Workshop on Precision Measurements in the US Long-Range Plan for Nuclear Physics.

4 February 2023

Whitepaper "Opportunities for Fundamental Physics Research with Radioactive Molecules" has been posted to the arXiv.

Upcoming/Ongoing Events

NSAC Long Range Plan

Everyone who wants to participate in the process is encouraged to join the NSAC Long Range Plan community, the dedicated APS Engage website, to follow the process.


There will soon be an FRIB User's Group for precision measurements with radioactive isotopes.  Stay tuned for details about how to join.

Opportunities for Students

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program - call for applications

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2023 Solicitation 2 cycle.  Applications are due on November 8, 2023, at 5:00 pm ET.

The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory or facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist — with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall graduate theses while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the host DOE laboratories. SCGSR is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science.  More information on the SCGSR program can be found at https://science.osti.gov/wdts/scgsr.

Job Postings

Postdoctoral Appointee - Radium EDM @ ANL

The Physics Division at Argonne National Laboratory invites interested applicants to apply for a postdoctoral position to conduct experimental Fundamental Symmetries research at the intersection of nuclear and atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) physics. The successful candidate will play a significant role in the experimental search for the permanent electric dipole moment (EDM) of the radium-225 atom.  The focus of this position is to implement improvements to the experimental systems for laser cooling, trapping, and detection of radium atoms and to perform an improved measurement of the EDM of radium-225. 

Click here to learn more

Position Announcement: Two tenure-track Faculty Positions in Physics at the U.S. Naval Academy

Applications are being sought for two tenure-track faculty positions in physics at the U.S. Naval Academy starting as early as Summer 2024. Candidates of all academic ranks will be considered but by policy will be hired at the rank of Assistant Professor. Candidates with research specialties in astrophysics or nuclear physics are a higher priority in this year’s search, nevertheless we encourage all interested candidates to apply. Successful candidates will demonstrate the potential for teaching a variety of physics courses including required courses for physics majors at the upper level. We are committed to hiring faculty who embrace the diverse nature of our student body, comprising exceptional women and men from every congressional district in the United States. Areas of research in our department include acoustics, astrophysics, computational physics, nuclear physics, optics, and condensed matter. 

Review of applications will begin on October 1 and will continue until the position is filled. Visit https://www.usna.edu/HRO/jobinfo/Tenure-track-Physics-AY24.php for more information, including how to apply. The U. S. Naval Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Researcher on  nEDM @ PSI

Click here to view details about a position as a Researcher on fixed-term contract as part of the Search for new CP violating sources with the Neutron electric ipole moment measurement (nEDM) at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) with a focus on neutron polarization detection and analysis.

Postdoctoral Opportunity in Optically‐pumped Atomic Magnetometers

A postdoctoral researcher position is immediately available in the Magnetic Resonance Laboratory at George Mason University. The laboratory studies quantum sensors used to detect magnetic fields in the radio‐frequency range. The research involves understanding and exploiting spin dynamics, to push atomic magnetometers to their quantum noise limits, while at the same time exploring new ways to use, as well as compactify, these ultra‐sensitive sensors. The successful candidate will design and implement atomic‐ magnetometer arrays to measure magnetic field tensors in an open environment. Spatial mapping of fields allows for localization of signal sources. Sensor development will be done in collaboration with Twinleaf. Individuals from minoritized and/or underrepresented populations are particularly encouraged to apply.

Click here to view details of the announcement.

Scientist FRIB/NSCL - Low-Energy Rare Isotope Beam Scientist

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams is searching for a self-driven, energic, scientist who enjoys solving complex problems.  As a Low-Energy Rare Isotope Beam Scientist, you will: operate beam stopping systems including linear gas stoppers, a cyclotron gas stopper, a batch-mode-ion source system, as well as mass separation and beam transport systems, and supporting the maintenance of those; prepares and develop new beams and contributes to continuous efforts aiming at increased beam purity and higher beam rates; contribute to technical innovation related to ion sources, solid-stopper ion source systems, low-energy beam optics, ion manipulation instrumentation, and specialized detection systems for low-energy rare isotope beams; perform calculations using both analytical as well as computer modeling in support of these developments.

See full job posting at Careers @ MSU.

Postdoc Position Announcement: Postdoctoral Researcher in Low-Energy Experimental Nuclear Physics at LLNL

The Nuclear Physics and Accelerator Technology Group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher to conduct the beta decay studies performed at ANL/TAMU and other facilities. The successful candidate will become a part of the team’s effort to study the properties of unstable nuclei that are important to astrophysical r-process nucleosynthesis, nuclear energy, and national-security applications. 

More details about the position and a link to the application page can be found here.

Any questions about this position can be directed to Kay Kolos.

The position will remain opened until filled.

Previous Events

2021 Workshop: New Opportunities for Fundamental Physics Research with Radioactive Molecules (Virtual Meeting).

2022 DAMOP Satellite Meeting.  You may view a recording and the slides of the presentation.

Fundamental Symmetries Workshop @ FRIB (November 2022)

Low Energy Community Meeting @ FRIB, Aug 9-11

New Postings

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