Controls Engineer

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) will be a new national user facility for nuclear science, funded by the Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), Michigan State University (MSU), and the State of Michigan. Under construction on campus and to be operated by MSU, FRIB will provide intense beams of rare isotopes (that is, short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth). FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of these rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society. 

This position affords an exciting opportunity to become part of the world-class FRIB Project, and to get in on the ground floor of an emerging national user facility that will expand nuclear science into a whole new realm of possibility.

Position Overview

FRIB is searching for a Cryogenic Controls Engineer to join the FRIB Project Team. The Cryogenic Controls Engineer design, develop, document, deploy and support the FRIB EPICS/PLC based cryogenic control system, as well as required instrumentation and motor controls, supporting commissioning and operation.

Major Position Responsibilities

  • Lead the design, documentation, programming, and installation of PLC based control systems for Cryogenic Systems
    • Interface with operations and commissioning teams to provide prompt support
    • Collaborate with other institutions or laboratories that operate large cryogenic systems to keep FRIB control system up to date
    • Manage the preventive maintenance, repair and parts management for assigned equipment, keeping records of maintenance tasks and results
    • Determine ways to optimize logic or systems without making overly complex
  • Foresee any potential problem areas and notify line manager

Continually strive to improve productivity, efficiency, quality, and uniformity

  • Produce quality work independently and present and report on findings
  • Direct the requirements and responsibilities of multiple team members simultaneously and with exemplary quality while under pressure
  • Manage and delegate multiple assignments and deliver quality analysis and work under time constrained deadlines
  • Develop, implement and administer division/department policies and procedures
  • Enhance, interpret and analyze new systems and project information
  • Lead responsibility for department (head), system (lead), and/or project (manager)
  • Deliver project and/or systems work scope within cost and schedule
  • Manage and prioritize work of others
  • Analyze, identify, pursue and implement new initiatives
  • Supervise work of diverse teams and/or groups
  • Serve as Responsible Person for Export Control Access Control Plan



  • Knowledge equivalent to that which would normally be obtained by completing a four-year college degree program in Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, or related field
  • Five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills
  • Extensive experience in large-scale controls systems development and techniques
  • Good understanding of distributed control system software and hardware
  • Ability to work with export controlled items.


  • Experience in cryogenic system controls design, including PLC installations, maintenance, and troubleshooting
  • Experience with Allen Bradley ControlLogix PLC’s, GuardLogix, Compact GuardLogix, board level troubleshooting, and AutoCad are desired
  • Experience with the EPICS controls system is also desired


MSU employees receive excellent benefits including health/dental plans, a generous retirement plan, and educational assistance.

How to Apply

For immediate consideration, please go, search for posting number 2822 and follow the application process.

MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and person with disabilities.

About FRIB and MSU, and the East Lansing Community

FRIB is currently under construction and baselined at a total project cost of $730M. Upon start of user operation in 2022, FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications of rare isotopes to benefit society.

MSU is one of the largest university campuses in the U.S. with a beautiful campus of 5,000 tree- filled acres. It has 17 degree-granting colleges and is a center for academic and research activities as well as the arts and athletics. MSU has recently opened the $45 million Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum and secured a win in the 2014 Rose Bowl (American football), both of which garnered national attention.

The campus sits between Lansing (Michigan’s capital city) and East Lansing. The Lansing area has a population of 350,000 and offers lovely suburban areas, loft condos and other urban living opportunities as well as easy-to-get-to rural areas. A symphony orchestra, excellent health care, many community and professional theatres, rivers, lakes, outdoor festivals, close access to large cities and Lake Michigan make for a near perfect living environment.


MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.