Berkeley Lab's Energy Geosciences Division has an opening for a Mechanical Engineer. This position supports the Geosciences Measurements Facility (GMF) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) Energy Geosciences Division in the conceptualization, design, prototyping, fabrication, and deployment of unique instrumentation and systems in support of Earth Sciences research.
GMF is a small dedicated team of Project Scientists, Scientific Engineering Associates, and Research Technicians that carry out a broad array of research activities that span the atmosphere, oceans, earth surface, and subsurface in laboratory and field settings (gmf.lbl.gov). Team members often work across disciplines to provide integrated mechanical, electrical, software, and circuitry solutions in a fast-paced innovative environment.
This is a ‘hands on’ position and team members within GMF are expected to fully support projects through the entire lifecycle.
Under the general guidance of the GMF Director this position will work directly with Staff Scientists and Engineers to independently perform a variety of mechanical engineering tasks, including design and development activities to support the achievement of research objectives. Working independently or as a member of an international team, this position supports project requirements from the conceptual phase through to execution and closeout.
Many projects require travel to remote field locations, domestic and foreign, often under challenging environmental conditions. Depending on workload and project schedules, this position travels 5 – 15 times a year to field sites, each trip requiring away-time ranging from two days to two weeks.
This position will be hired at a level commensurate with the business needs and with the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate.
What You Will Do:
Use strong working knowledge of basic mechanical engineering concepts and tools, perform design and analysis activities by applying principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, hydraulics, heat transfer, and materials.
Perform tasks using computer aided design (CAD) and software analysis tools including fine element analysis (FEA).
Assure system and product quality by designing testing methods; testing finished product and system capabilities; confirming fabrication, assembly, and installation processes.
Working within a project group, independently resolve project issues using professional engineering concepts to solve a variety of problems.
Provide guidance and assistance to other professional staff, machinists and fabricators as necessary.
Consult with Scientists and Engineers as necessary and collaborate with scientific personnel to understand project requirements and needs.
Develop budgets and timelines for activities to support project decision making.
Work safely to a rigorous EH&S system and develop safety documentation and work practices as required.
What is Required:
Minimum: BS degree, or equivalent, in engineering or a related field.
Preferred: 2+ years working experience in an engineering or related field.
Demonstrated relevant knowledge and experience in mechanical engineering concepts, theories, practices, and tools.
Demonstrated ability to apply engineering principles and practices to design and implement technical projects.
Ability to work inclusively and effectively in a diverse team environment.
Required: Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent project development and prioritization skills.
Strong working knowledge of CAD, and drafting techniques, including SolidWorks.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Excellent mechanical aptitude with good understanding of machine design, motion control, hydraulics, pneumatics, metal fabrication and finishing.
Understanding of sensing technology and electrical systems integration for data acquisition
Ability to develop creative, feasible solutions to customer issues using analytical and problems solving skills.
Work independently, respond effectively to changing priorities, schedules and deadlines
Ability to manage timelines and meet deliverables for multiple simultaneous commitments.
Interest in challenging problems in the environmental and earth sciences with impacts on climate and energy systems.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, 2 years, 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.
This position may be hired at a higher level Mechanical Engineer, depending on business needs, skills, knowledge, and abilities.
Full-time, exempt position
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.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.
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