Engineer/Staff Engineer/Senior Engineer NSCL, National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory

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Position Information

Posting Number: 9259

Internal Posting Date: 03-26-2014

Internal Closing Date: Open Until Filled

External Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Review of Applications begins on: 04-11-2014

Job Title: Engineer/Staff Engineer/Senior Engineer NSCL

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Major Administrative Unit/College: National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory

Primary Department: 10049299 FACILITY FOR RARE ISOTOPE BEAMS

Position Employee Group: Continuing System Academic Staff-FAS

Appointment Basis: Annual Year, 12 months

Appointment Status: Continuing System Academic Staff

Employment %: 100


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Support Staff: Pay Minimum
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Position Summary: The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a DOE Office of Science National User Facility, is developed at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. FRIB will include a high performance superconducting electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) ion source that will deliver ion beams at world record intensities. The source will consist of a sophisticated, high field superconducting sextupole and solenoid magnets, a cryostat cooled by cryocoolers, and conventional components. The preliminary engineering design of the source magnet is developed in collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). The magnet design is based on adaptation of novel ideas developed at Berkeley for very high field magnets. The final design, construction, assembly, and testing of source components, including the source magnet, will be executed at FRIB. A mechanical engineer with excellent engineering skills, comprehensive knowledge of cryogenic systems, and practical understanding of complex mechanical systems is sought to lead the design, construction, testing, and integration of the source at FRIB.

Summary description of functions: The successful candidate will lead the mechanical design, construction, testing, and integration of the FRIB advanced superconducting source. He or she will have a unique opportunity to develop an ECR ion source with the world highest performance in collaboration with other physicists and engineers and contribute to successful completion of FRIB.

Major objectives and deliverables: The successful candidate will develop the final design of the cold mass of the FRIB Superconducting Source. The candidate will use the preliminary engineering design of the source magnet developed at the Berkeley National Laboratory as a starting point. The successful candidate will develop the design of the cryostat, the cryogenic system of the source, and conventional components. He or she will prepare and supervise procurement of source components. He or she will plan, organize, and lead assembly and testing of source components, including the superconducting magnet of the source. In developing the source systems, the candidate will closely work with the head of the FRIB front end department and the head of the FRIB ECR Source group who will provide physics requirements and general design guidance. The candidate will guide FRIB designers to develop detailed drawings of source components and organize FRIB technicians during assembly and testing. The candidate will collaborate with the magnet division of LBNL, which will provide expert support during assembly and testing of the magnet. In addition to leading the development of the superconducting source, the candidate will supervise modifications and integration of the room-temperature source ARTEMIS into the facility. The head of the FRIB ECR Source group will provide the required guidance. Future work can include an upgrade of the superconducting source SuSI presently used for operations of the existing NSCL facility to make it compatible with FRIB operational requirements and a next-generation high-field, high-frequency ECR ion source.

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications
Support Staff: Minimum Requirements
A master's degree in mechanical engineering or equivalent; five years of relevant experience; experience with development and testing of cryogenic and mechanical systems; knowledge of cryogenic instrumentation; comprehensive knowledge of engineering software required to design cryogenic and mechanical systems such as ANSYS or equivalent; knowledge of design tools such as SolidWorks or equivalent; team skills: FRIB is striving to provide a collaborative and transparent working environment; the job will require the candidate to work closely with FRIB physicists, engineers, and specialists from the front end and other departments, guide designers and technicians, and work with collaborators from the Berkeley laboratory; ability to work with export controlled materials.

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Desired Qualifications: Experience with development and testing of superconducting magnets is a plus.

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Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
Cover Letter

Optional Applicant Documents: Other Document
Other Document 2
Other Document 3

Number of Reference Letters Required: See Special Instructions

Special Instructions to Applicants: For more information, email

Review of applications will begin on April 11, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

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Name/Title/Email Address of Search Committee Chair: Eduard Pozdeyev/ Front End Department Manager/

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Union Affiliation Non Union