Berkeley Lab's Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA) has an opening for a Mechanical Engineer to join their Geosciences Measurements Facility (GMF) crew. This is an early career level position with learning opportunities for applying new technology solutions to cutting edge science.
GMF is a small dedicated team of Project Scientists, Scientific Engineers, and Research Technicians that carry out a broad array of research activities that span the Earth's atmosphere, oceans, surface, and subsurface in both laboratory and field settings. Team members often work across disciplines to provide integrated mechanical, electrical, software, and circuitry solutions in a fast-paced innovative environment.
In this role, you will conceptualize, design, prototype, fabricate, and deploy unique instrumentation and systems in support of Earth Sciences research. This position will perform a variety of mechanical engineering tasks, including design and development activities to support the achievement of research objectives.
This "hands on" role will fully support projects through the entire lifecycle, from the conceptual phase through to execution and closeout. Many of our projects require travel to remote field locations, domestic and foreign, often under challenging environmental conditions. Depending on workload and project schedules, this role will travel 5 - 15 times a year to field sites, each trip requiring away-time ranging from two days to two weeks.
What You Will Do:
Use your strong working knowledge of basic mechanical engineering concepts and tools to 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).
Design, build and test sensors, sources, data acquisition and remote data telemetry systems for earth and environmental science field deployments.
Assure system and product quality by designing testing methods; testing finished product and system capabilities; confirming fabrication, assembly, and installation processes.
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 independently and/or as part of a crew to complete tasks within budget and on time.
What is Required:
A Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or a related field and a minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Strong working knowledge of CAD, and drafting techniques, including SolidWorks.
Demonstrated experience in mechanical engineering concepts, theories, practices, and tools.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent project development and prioritization skills
What We Desire:
Excellent mechanical aptitude of machine design, motion control, hydraulics, pneumatics, metal fabrication and finishing.
Understanding of sensing technology and electrical systems integration for data acquisition.
Strong working knowledge and understanding of python, C, and other programming languages.
A keen interest in science research and solving challenging problems in the environmental and earth sciences with impacts on climate and energy systems.
A strong independent personal drive to see each project through to its successful completion.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, M-F, exempt from overtime pay (monthly paid), 1 year, Term appointment with the possibility of yearly renewal to a maximum of 5 years or conversion to Career appointment based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
This position requires extensive travel, both domestic and foreign. Fieldwork commonly requires extended workdays and working through weekends, where the average field deployment is two weeks.
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.
Learn About Us:
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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About Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
In the world of science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is synonymous with excellence. Thirteen scientists associated with Berkeley Lab have won the Nobel Prize. Fifty-seven Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States. Thirteen of our scientists have won the National Medal of Science, our nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in fields of scientific research. Eighteen of our engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and three of our scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. In addition, Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world. Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Located on a 200-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus that offers spectacular... views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab employs approximately 4,200 scientists, engineers, support staff and students. Its budget for 2011 is $735 million, with an additional $101 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for a total of $836 million. A recent study estimates the Laboratory's overall economic impact through direct, indirect and induced spending on the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area to be nearly $700 million annually. The Lab was also responsible for creating 5,600 jobs locally and 12,000 nationally. The overall economic impact on the national economy is estimated at $1.6 billion a year. Technologies developed at Berkeley Lab have generated billions of dollars in revenues, and thousands of jobs. Savings as a result of Berkeley Lab developments in lighting and windows, and other energy-efficient technologies, have also been in the billions of dollars. Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a UC Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence's belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His teamwork concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy that continues today.