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Michigan State University SRF Chemical Engineer I / Engineering/Physicist Accelerator I in East Lansing, Michigan

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SRF Chemical Engineer I / Engineering/Physicist Accelerator I

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Work type: Support Staff

Pay Grade:10

Major Administrative Unit / College:Facility For Rare Isotope Beams

Department:Facility For Rare Isotope Beams 10049299

Sub Area:AP- Professionals

Salary:Salary Commensurate with Experience

Location: East Lansing

Categories: Engineers/Architects, Administrative Professionals- AP, Full Time (90-100%), Union

Working/Functional Title

SRF Chemical Engineer I

Position Summary

Michigan State University (MSU) operates the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (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. 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. Hosting what is designed to be the most powerful heavy-ion accelerator, FRIB enables 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 as one of 28 DOE-SC user facilities. MSU’s nuclear physics graduate program is a top-ranked program nationally, according toU.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.


The SRF Chemical Engineer I will assist in fabricating, processing, testing, assembling, maintaining and repairing SRF cavities, accelerator components, and associated equipment.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the processing and assembly of superconducting cavities, accelerator components, ultra-high vacuum equipment, and associated production infrastructure.

  • Assist with the research & design of processing and assembly infrastructure.

  • Assist with assembly, operation, and maintenance of vacuum systems including scroll pumps, ion pumps, turbo pumps, pressure gauges, various UHV valves, and associated controls systems.

  • Monitor the quality of the SRF systems to meet the performance goals.

  • Assist with chemical processing and chemical system maintenance. Required to wear full chemical PPE including chemical resistant coverall, rubber boots, goggles, face shield, layered gloves, and gas detection badge.

  • Work in a clean room environment to clean parts, assemble components and maintain the workspace. Required to wear cleanroom coveralls, boots, facemask, bouffant, and layered cleanroom gloves.

  • Maintain SRF processing and cleanroom infrastructure and equipment.

  • Follow detailed procedures to prepare components for the cleanroom and chemical etching facility.

  • Assist in locating potential vendors and requisitioning parts, components, and systems.

  • Maintain certification and calibration of equipment and assist in improving system robustness.

  • Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties in this job classification.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • The ability to effectively communicate complex information through verbal or written media which may include creating and presenting to stakeholders.

  • General knowledge of Mechanical CAD.

  • Basic knowledge of Gas delivery system design, operations, and maintenance.

  • Ability to use systematic methods to work on one or more tasks simultaneously.

  • Ability to follow and uphold critical process protocols.

  • Skilled at self-motivation demonstrating strong willpower and determination.

  • Ability to perform calculations and analyze data to design, operate, and improve chemical processes.

  • Ability to train undergraduate students in operational procedures.

  • Skilled at documenting information in an organized, detailed manner and archiving for future use.

  • Ability to learn new methods, techniques and approaches demonstrating the desire to continuously learn.

  • Excellent communication skills to communicate effectively and credibly, both verbally and in writing with all audiences.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suites

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

A bachelor’s degree in Systems or Computer Science; or Engineering or Physics, with coursework in Systems or Computer Science; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in electronics, mechanical and/or electrical drafting and fabrication techniques, or computer programming in one or more languages used by the FRIB; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in SRF cavity development and processing techniques.

  • Experience using Ultra-high vacuum system design, operations, and maintenance.

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 Application Materials

Please provide a cover letter and a resume.

Work Hours



Bidding eligibility ends April 9, 2024 at 11:55 P.M.

Advertised: Apr 3, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time