The Mechanical Engineer independently performs a variety of engineering tasks using a broad array of analytical, computational, experimental, instrumentation, and hardware design skills in the development of particle accelerator components.
Initiates the design, development, fabrication, and implementation of mechanical systems and components. Designs and analyzes mechanical equipment, detectors, and accelerator components and devices.
Independently applies expertise in select core disciplines of mechanical design, finite element analysis, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, instrumentation, or electromagnetics to enable advances over a broad spectrum of scientific programs of national importance.
Embedded within a larger project or program provides engineering oversight and management of sub-projects, integrating multiple engineering and scientific components.
Berkeley Lab'sEngineeringDivision has an opening for a Mechanical Engineer - Vacuum Systems. You will be matrixed to the Advanced Light Source Upgrade Project (ALS-U) http://als.lbl.gov/als-u/overview. ALS-U includes a planned upgrade of the main electron particle accelerator complex of the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab that will provide revolutionary x-ray capabilities with up to 1000 times brighter x-ray beams.
Within the ALS-U vacuum team, you will support the accelerator vacuum system and
photon absorber design, fabrication, and testing with specific area knowledge of ultra-high vacuum (UHV) systems, their design, operation and fabrication. You will perform 3D CAD design work, provide supporting analysis, generate supporting cost and schedule information, develop procurement packages and specification documents. The engineer will work together with mechanical designers to develop drawing and fabrication documents.
This is a matrix position that requires changing assignments/projects as work is completed or as scope changes.
Use a broad array of analytical, computational, experimental, instrumentation, and hardware design skills in the development of electron storage ring vacuum system design and fabrication.
Oversee design, construction, and installation of accelerator vacuum systems using extensive knowledge and experience of ultra-high vacuum engineering concepts and tools.
Utilize 3D CAD programs and product data management software.
Independently apply engineering principles, methods and research techniques to creatively solve complex problems based on new and existing technology, and software analysis tools to perform vacuum and engineering analysis.
Establish performance criteria and specifications for manufacturing, assembly, and testing of vacuum systems. Develop and implement vacuum policies, procedures, and training for use in accelerator systems. Evaluate and recommend appropriate vacuum equipment.
Advise engineering and technical staff on practices for design, fabrication, build, and maintenance of UHV systems.
Write specifications for technically complicated or challenging vacuum system procurements; including the gathering and organization of technical details and requirements.
Provide technical oversight to procurement staff, e.g. technical aspects of drawings, understanding of technical issues advice on vendor qualifications, and technical details of contracts.
Formulate cost and schedule data associated with such components and prepare technical or progress reports.
Develop project scope and estimate related logistics, e.g. cost estimates and assembly/installation timelines.
Provide experienced vacuum system support for other projects as needed.
Develop and advance facilities for metallography and microscopy, as well as UHV surface analysis technology.
B.S. in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, engineering physics, or related fields. Normally 5+ years of relevant experience.
Extensive relevant experience (5+ years) in design, fabrication, processing, and installation of HV accelerator or accelerator-like vacuum systems working along with scientific staff, or overall equivalent experience.
Strong experience in CAD, FEM, Monte Carlo, and other software typically used to perform vacuum and engineering analysis.
Knowledge and experience in accelerator vacuum system design, and mechanical issues & manufacturing thereof typically acquired in 5+ years.
Ability to plan, organize and conduct technical project reviews and formulate cost and schedule data.
Adaptability and desire to learn new skills and technologies.
Ability to exercise sound engineering judgment, analytical ability, evidence of strong written and verbal communication skills.
Strong technical background and extensive knowledge in the field of ultra-high vacuum theory, practice and equipment including clean room procedures and techniques, thin-film coating, non- evaporative getter technology, leak detectors, residual gas analyzers, vacuum pumps and vacuum gauges, vacuum practices and procedures as applied in particle-free cryogenic environments.
Meticulous recording and documentation skills.
Ability to work in a team environment and interact effectively with a broad range of colleagues.
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
Organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple competing priorities and projects.
Adaptability and desire to learn new skills and technologies.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
M.S. or Ph.D. preferred.
Experience in a R&D or national laboratory environment is preferred.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a 2-year term appointment with the possibility of extension or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs.
There are multiple openings for this position.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
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