Funding Opportunities

NP Early Career Opportunities

The Office of Nuclear Physics currently participates in two major programs that emphasize support for the nuclear physicists in the early stages of their research careers. These are the Early Career Research Program and the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The goals of these programs and information for potential applicants are described in detail on their web sites.

In the tables below we provide information regarding previous NP awardees under the PECASE program.

Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers:

The Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, established in 1996, honors the most promising beginning researchers in the nation within their fields. Ten federal departments and agencies annually nominate scientists and engineers at the start of their careers whose work shows the greatest promise to benefit the nominating agency's mission.  The awards are conferred annually at the White House following recommendations from participating agencies.

Provided below are the recipients where Nuclear Physics provided funding to for five years. Additional general information is available on the Office of Science web site under the Accomplishments / Awards section.

 Nuclear Physics Honored by Special Award




Brief Description


Jason Detwiler

University of Washington

Participation in research with the Majarona Demonstrator project to search for  neutrinoless double beta decay.  Coordination of data analysis and simulations efforts as well as studies with test equipment to further understand crucial background in the experiment.


William Detmold

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

…to extend the numerical techniques of Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics (LQCD), applied successfully to individual hadrons, to the more intricate dynamics of complex nuclei of increasing mass number, as far as possible.  This includes direct calculations of the spectrum of light nuclei from the Standard Model, studies of hyperon-nucleon interactions and three-neutron                            interactions via LQCD, and the study of the sensitivity of nuclear physics to the parameters of the Standard Model.


Carla Frohlich

North Carolina State University

…to advance the theoretical understanding of the origin of the heavy elements via detailed modeling of nucleosynthesis in core collapse supernovae.  A particular focus of attention is the interaction of supernova ejecta with the neutrinos emanating from the explosion.  The model aims to include the microphysics and neutrino processes, while remaining computationally efficient.   


Gabriel Orebi Gann

University of California/Berkeley

Research with the Sno+ detector to investigate neutrinoless double beta decay and the study of neutrinos from the sun and other sources.  New techniques to perform calibrations essential to improve the detector performance will be pursued.


Matthias Schindler

University of South Carolina

…to establish a systematic framework for parity violation in few-nucleon systems by analyzing interactions between quarks, calculating reliable and testable relations between observables in light nuclei, and establishing extensions to more complex nuclei.  The project will support and guide ongoing and planned experimental efforts in parity violation at various facilities.


Gaute Hagen

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

…to carry out state-of-the-art microscopic calculations of electroweak processes and decays in nuclei, and to address the long-standing open problem of quantifying uncertainties of weak observables in nuclei starting from optimized interactions and currents from chiral effective field theory.  By addressing key nuclei in neutrinoless double beta decay, at rare isotope facilities, and in astrophysics, successful completion of this project is likely to have strong impact in several areas of NP supported nuclear physics research. 


Marian Jandel

Los Alamos National Laboratory

New techniques will be utilized to perform significantly more precise measurements of neutron capture and neutron-induced fission reactions on actinides and other isotopes important to basic and applied nuclear science.


Lijuan Ruan

Brookhaven National Laboratory

The study of fundamental properties of the Quark Gluon Plasma (QGP), including temperature, density profile, and color screening length via the
detection of di-leptons.  The measurements rely on a new detector for muons and the project includes work to bring that detector online for physics.


Mike Williams

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research with the GLUEX detector at Thomas Jefferson National Lab.  In addition to physics analyses novel algorithms for triggering the detector will be pursued and opportunities for improved particle identification essential for the program will be explored.


Silviu Covrig

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

Application of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to the study of the thermal response of liquid hydrogen targets in intense electron beams during experiments on parity violating electron scattering (PVES) at Halls A and C at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Laboratory (TJNAF).


Chris Crawford

University of Kentucky

Support for experimental work on fundamental neutron physics at the SNS: Development of prototype precision magnets required for the neutron electric dipole moment experiment nEDM; data-taking and analysis for the pion-nucleon weak coupling experiment NPDgamma; construction and testing of a data acquisition system for the neutron beta decay experiment Nab.


Huaiyu Duan

University of New Mexico

…inputs from supernova simulations, the project will perform large-scale numerical simulations of neutrino oscillations in supernovae, and investigate the potential impacts of neutrino oscillations on supernova physics.  This will contribute to solving an important piece of the supernova puzzle and help answering fundamental questions, such as the origin of the elements.


Charles Folden

Texas A&M University

Studies of the production processes of heavy transactinide elements; development of new techniques for the characterization of the chemical properties of these elements. Application of these techniques to transactinide homologues  and to superheavy elements 113-115.


Daniel Kasen

University of California/Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Numerical modeling of astrophysical explosions, with a focus on radiation transport and its role in the supernova explosion mechanism, r-process nucleosynthesis, and observable spectra and light curves.  3D simulations of core collapse supernovae and neutron star mergers will be carried out using recent advances in high-performance computing.


Steven Pain

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Direct reaction measurements of unstable nuclei with significantly increased sensitivity, to better determine the trends in nuclear properties with proton and neutron number, and to clarify the role of exotic nuclei in energy production and nucleosynthesis in supernovae.  Specific goals include improved energy resolution, determination of decay modes of populated states and studying their use in surrogate reactions studies, and exploring the transition from single-particle to collective modes far from nuclear shell closures.


Paul Romatschke

University of Colorado

To model the initial phase of a heavy ion collision by numerically simulating a related gravitational problem using the AdS-CFT correspondence. Rigorous calculations are proposed in the context of the model to provide orientation for experimental studies of both central and non-central collisions.


Ivan Vitev

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Theoretical studies in heavy ion collisions, including:  Studies of jet production and evolution beyond leading and sub-leading particles; use of jets as probes of the quark-gluon plasma (QGP); identifying experimental observables that can differentiate between competing descriptions of jet modifications.  Reducing uncertainties in QGP properties such as its density and transport coefficients.

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