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 and under the general direction of a lead engineer, will independently perform a variety of complicated mechanical engineering tasks with specific area knowledge of ultra-high vacuum (UHV) systems, their design, operation and fabrication.
This is a matrix position that requires changing assignments/projects as work is completed or as scope changes.
Performs tasks using computer aided design (CAD) and Software analysis tools including Finite Element Analysis (FEA).
Working within the project group, independently resolve project issues using professional engineering concepts to solve a variety of problems whose scope is typically in known designs.
Provide guidance and assistance to other professional staff as necessary.
Perform developmental work and prepare technical reports.
Consult with senior engineers as necessary and collaborate with scientific personnel to understand project requirements and needs
Utilize expertise in current UHV technology and research capabilities to support accelerator systems to include maintaining of integrity x-ray mirror surfaces and cathode surfaces in high-field RF photocathode electron guns.
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.
Using engineering skills such as computer aided design (CAD), FEM, Monte Carlo, and other software analysis tools perform vacuum and engineering analysis.
Develop and advance facilities for metallography and microscopy, as well as UHV surface analysis technology.
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.
Independently prepare design specifications, analyses and recommendations for presentation and approval of scientific and management personnel.
Plan, organize and conduct technical projects/programs involving the design, fabrication, modification, and evaluation of mechanical components.
Formulate cost and schedule data associated with such components and prepare technical or progress reports.
May assume responsibility for specific subtasks within the project. Produce and create reporting materials for level 2 or 3 managers for Earned Value Management System (EVMS) reporting
May supervise the work of technical staff as required during progression of project.
BS degree or equivalent in Engineering, or related field.
Relevant experience (3+ years) in design, fabrication, processing, and installation of UHV accelerator or accelerator-like vacuum systems.
Experience in CAD, FEM, Monte Carlo, and other software typically used to perform vacuum and engineering analysis.
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
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.
Demonstrated leadership ability; including administrative and management experience and the ability to manage resources for the department and a wide variety of diverse projects
Meticulous recording and documentation skills.
Ability to work in a team environment and interact effectively with a broad range of colleagues.
Ability to plan, organize and conduct technical projects/programs and formulate cost and schedule data.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field desirable.
Formal training in material science and UHV surface physics technology and instrumentation.
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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