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Staff Engineer FRIB/NSCL-Continuing

Michigan State University
East Lansing

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 910916
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Facility For Rare Isotope Beams
Department: Facility For Rare Isotope Beams 10049299
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Engineers/Architects, Research/Scientific, Continuing System Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Working/Functional Title

Front End Design Team Leader

Position Summary

Michigan State University operates FRIB as a user facility for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), supporting the mission of the DOE-SC Office of Nuclear Physics.

As one of 28 DOE-SC user facilities, FRIB provides researchers with one of the most advanced tools of modern science to study rare isotopes, or short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth. FRIB hosts what is designed to be the most powerful heavy-ion accelerator, enabling scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society, including in medicine, homeland security, and industry.

User facility operation is supported by the DOE-SC Office of Nuclear Physics. MSU’s nuclear physics graduate program is a top-ranked program nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report.

This position affords an exciting opportunity to become part of the world-class FRIB Laboratory that enables unique discovery opportunities in nuclear science.

As a Front End Team Leader, you will...

  • Develop, modify, and approve programs, budgets, design methods, documentation, testing, or policies and procedures for a specific subject matter domain, including
  • Creating program standards
  • Identifying regulatory requirements
  • Ensuring operability of technical devices and/or execution of programs
  • Preventative maintenance, repair, and parts management for assigned technical equipment
  • Records management
  • Metrics assuring the efficacy of the program
  • Training in the program (including awareness training and education)
  • Serve as subject matter expert for a specific subject matter domain including advising laboratory staff
  • Work with stakeholders (including external consultants) to develop and present design solutions, and convene design reviews to obtain stakeholder feedback and endorsement
  • Produce and document effective design solutions by developing concepts, performing complex engineering calculations, and creating CAD designs/details to provide engineering support for the fabrication, assembly, and commissioning of technical equipment
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Mechanical Engineering Expertise –knowledge and understanding of practices of engineering, and sound judgment regarding their implementation to contribute to organizational performance and success.
    • Business Acumen – the ability to create, establish, and disseminate strategies, analyses, and information to contribute significantly to the organization.
    • Communication – effectively articulating and exchanging information with stakeholders at all levels—internal and external.
    • Service Focus – the ability to identify and meet appropriate client expectations by offering high-quality services and solutions tailored to diverse client and stakeholder needs and expectations and to seek continuous feedback from client and stakeholder groups.
    • Analytical Skills – the ability to create, develop, analyze, and promulgate technical and/or technological implications of a mechanical engineering action.
    • Management and Leadership – the ability to ensure the organizational climate and practices reflect FRIB and MSU organizational values and mission.
    • Collaboration & Teamwork – the ability to work effectively with others.
    • Continuous Learning – the ability to maintain continuous improvement at an individual, group, and organizational level.
    • Diversity and Inclusion – the ability to value, consider, and integrate the perspectives and backgrounds of all parties.
    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

    Required Degree

    Masters -Engineering or Physics

    Minimum Requirements
    • An advanced degree in Engineering or Physics
    • Five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in fabrication techniques, cryogenic systems, electronics, mechanical and electronic drafting, and computer systems and requires experience in the use of CAD and/or related engineering systems, including file transfer;
    • Experience in the use of exotic metals, including knowledge of their properties, in the fabrication and assembly of sophisticated research equipment, industry to produce and check scientific research equipment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    Desired Qualifications
    • Advanced Mechanical Engineering degree with eight to ten years of experience
    • Experience with system-level detailing and checking mechanical drawings for production
    • Experience with SolidWorks and PDM Systems
    • Experience in the design, fabrication and complex assembly of accelerator equipment
    • Experience in fabrication techniques, installation, and operations setup, electronics, mechanical and electronic drafting and computer systems
    Required Application Materials
    • CV
    • Cover Letter
    • Contact information for three references
    Special Instructions

    Questions regarding the posted position can be directed to Sarah Powell (

    Review of Applications Begins On



    MSU Statement

    Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

    Advertised: Nov 9, 2023 Eastern Standard Time
    Applications close: Nov 9, 2025 Eastern Standard Time


    Working at Michigan State University 

    Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.

    Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

    We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.

    We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.

    The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

    Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

    In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.

    Top Distinctions

    U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU

    • 29th among the nation’s public universities
    • First in the nation for 19 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education
    • First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology
    • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

    Recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of the top 100 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its annual Academic Ranking of World Universities

    Ranks 46th among public universities for in-state students in Kiplinger’s 2013 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges

    Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, which measures and encourages sustainability in education and research; operations; and planning, administration, and engagement

    Member of the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities

    Only university in the country with on-campus medical schools graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, and veterinarians (DVMs)

    Among the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country with 27 halls in five neighborhoods and two apartment villages.


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