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Staff Engineer FRIB/NSCL-Continuing

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Facility For Rare Isotope Beams
Department: Facility For Rare Isotope Beams 10049299
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Engineers/Architects, Continuing System Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Mechanical Staff Engineer

Position Summary

Michigan State University operates 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.

As one of 28 DOE-SC user facilities, 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. FRIB hosts what is designed to be the most powerful heavy-ion accelerator, enabling 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. MSU’s nuclear physics graduate program is a top-ranked program nationally, according to U.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.

Major Positions/Duties

  • Provide strategic advice and planning for mechanical utility systems 
  • Review designs and monitor the installation of mechanical utility systems 
  • Review documentation and work plans for code compliance and safety 
  • Establish mechanical design standards to be used by technical divisions 
  • Oversee and continuously improve the Mechanical Safety Program 
  • Coordinate and conduct design reviews and pressure safety reviews 
  • Drive the usage of and assist with FMEAs 
  • Provide oversight of the fire alarm system 
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned, which are reasonably within the scope of the duties in this job classification

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of mechanical utility systems and mechanical code authority.
  • General knowledge of mechanical safety programs and ability to coordinate and review programs.
  • Knowledge of and strict adherence to safety programs, OSHA, and all related rules, regulations, and procedures which apply to this position’s responsibilities.
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems with processes.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to problem-solve and demonstrate sound critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to collaborate with others and work effectively in a team environment.
  • Excellent communication skills to communicate effectively and credibly, both verbally and in writing with all audiences.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suites.

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 Degree

Masters -Mechanical Engineering

Minimum Requirements

  • Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering 
  • Five years of industry experience
  • Demonstrated experience in leading projects
  • Record of accomplishments in field of expertise

Desired Qualifications

  • Ten years of experience in analysis, design, or installation of mechanical utility systems
  • Familiarity with particle accelerators and supporting systems such as vacuum, low-conductivity water, and cryogenics 
  • Working knowledge of mechanical codes and standards, including ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code and piping codes
  • Able to obtain a Professional Engineer license in Michigan within 5 years 

Required Application Materials

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Contact information for three references

Special Instructions

Questions related to the position can be directed to Sarah Powell (

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