Lead Engineer - NSTX-U Instrumentation Mechanical Engineer

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Lead Engineer - NSTX-U Instrumentation Mechanical Engineer


Job ID: 2020-12058
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Engineering

Princeton University


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. This job involves the design, fabrication, and installation of scientific instrumentation on the flagship PPPL experiment.


Perform the following in accordance with PPPL and NSTX-U policies, programs and procedures:

  • Working with other members of the NSTX-U team, complete mechanical design of NSTX-U scientific instrumentation systems, including CAD and analysis. Complete the conceptual, preliminary, and final design review of instrumentation systems.
  • Prepare procurement documentation and follow the procurement process.
  • Work with PPPL shops to fabricate components.
  • Develop installation and test procedures, and implement those in concert with PPPL technical staff.
  • Review and provide the administrative close-out of completed tasks.
  • Work with PPPL management to develop project baselines and track cost and schedule performance.


Education and Experience:

  • BS or higher in Mechanical Engineering
  • >10 years experience in the mechanical design and installation of instrumentation systems
  • Experience in a scientific or R&D environment is desirable
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with mechanical analysis
  • Fluency with 3D modelling/CAD and development/review of fabrication drawings
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of researchers, engineers, and technicians
  • Familiarity with design in a high vacuum environment is desirable
Physical Requirements:

  • Occasional kneeling, standing, pushing, and lifting.
  • Must be able to work while wearing all required personal protective equipment.
  • May require working above ground (15 ft or more).
  • Must be able to climb ladders or stairs to reach objects; comfortable with heights.
  • May require working in narrow or confined workspaces for extended periods of time.
  • May require extensive kneeling, bending, walking and/or standing for long periods of time.
  • Ability to lift more up to 50 pounds.

Working Conditions:

  • Most work will be done in PPPL offices, shops and laboratories, though vendor visits may be required. Work may be on 1st or 2nd shift dependent on facility schedules. May involve work in confined spaces, use of fall protection other job-specific PPE.

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.





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Posted: 10/14/2020
Application Due: 12/13/2020
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