Student Engineer/Casual

Job description


The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a world-class fusion energy research laboratory managed by Princeton University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. PPPL is dedicated to developing the scientific and technological knowledge base for fusion energy. The Laboratory advances the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research to develop the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world.


The successful candidate will support design, fabrication, assembly, testing, and calibration of advanced technology equipment associated with PPPL technology tasks at the DIII-D fusion facility, specifically related to impurity injection into tokamak plasma.


This position is located at General Atomics, in Bldg 34, located at 3483 Dunhill St. San Diego, CA 92121

  • Follow instructions working with engineers/physicists on system component design, assembly, and testing.
  • Learn needed safety aspects to support the above tasks.
  • Manually move equipment as needed, lifting no more than 50 pounds.
  • Screw/bolt/connect equipment components into larger assemblies as needed.
  • Design novel mechanical equipment as needed to resolve issues with existing equipment or invent new approaches to fit the injection needs as part of the dropper team.
  • Fabricate mechanical components as needed within the appropriate skill level.
  • While the student will get an overall job orientation and work on various projects for short terms as they come up, the major assigned project description is below.
  • Presently the dropper technology needs: a. serial periodic granule dropper, from one per shot to many per shot, b. vacuum scale to measure milligrams of powder, c. a metering method of injecting powder, d. horizontal powder injector, e. TIV dust protector
  • The student intern will work with another longer-term student engineer intern on producing mechanical parts, when needed, using various floor machines, upon which they will be trained.
  • Presentations on the various projects are required when they get to implementation stage.
  • A poster will be created by the student show casing one of their highest quality devices and presented at a conference TBD.

Education and Experience: 

  • HS Diploma
  • Undergraduate in Physics, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Experience in working with hand tools.
  • Experience in working with power tools.
  • Mechanical comprehension with ability to draw by hand sketches (min.) of mechanical equipment to communicate solution needs.
  • Experience in CAD program and Matlab.

Physical Requirements: 

  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Sit at a desk
  • Stand for long durations while operating floor machines




Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. All PPPL employees are required to disclose any participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program and may be required to withdraw from such programs to remain employed under the DOE Contract.

Salary GradeTMP, 001Standard Weekly Hours20.00Eligible for OvertimeYesBenefits EligibleNoEssential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)NoEstimated Appointment End Date5/28/2021Physical Capacity Exam RequiredNoValid Driver's License RequiredNo




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Posted: 9/19/2020
Application Due: 9/21/2020
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